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This Day in History – June 17

This Day In History1788 – After a lengthy stay in Europe, future US President John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams return to Boston.

1837 – Charles Goodyear obtains his first rubber patent.

1865 – Republican Party opens its 1st national convention in Philadelphia.

1894 – 1st US poliomyelitis epidemic breaks out, Rutland, Vermont.

1902 – US Congress pass the New Lands Reclamation Act, which establishes a fund from sale of public lands to build irrigation dams for Western lands.

1928 – Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)

1932 – Bonus Army: around a thousand World War I veterans amass at the United States Capitol as the U.S. Senate considers bill that would give them certain benefits.

1947 – Pan Am Airways chartered as 1st worldwide passenger airline.

1950 – 1st kidney transplant (Chicago)

1957 – “So Rare” by Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra peaks at #2.

1963 – Supreme Court rules against Bible reading/prayer in public schools.

1968 – Ohio Express’ “Yummy Yummy Yummy” goes gold.

1970 – Edwin Land patents Polaroid camera.

1973 – 73rd US Golf Open: Johnny Miller shoots a 279 at Oakmont CC PA.

1982 – US President Reagan’s 1st UN General Assembly address “We must serve mankind through genuine disarmament.”

1986 – US Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger resigns and Antonin Scalia nominated as his replacement.

1988 – Microsoft releases MS DOS 4.0.

1991 – Country entertainer Minnie Pearl suffers a stroke at 78.

1994 – OJ Simpson doesn’t turn himself in on murder charges, LA cops chase his Ford Bronco for 1 1/2 hours, eventually gives up (seen live on TV).

2015 – US Treasury announced that the image of Alexander Hamilton will be replaced from the US $10 bill by an image of a woman.

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