This Day in History—June 20
By: Robert G. Hester
1782—Congress approves Great Seal of US & eagle as it’s symbol.
1819—320 ton Savannah becomes 1st steamship to cross any ocean (Atlantic)
1840—Samuel Morse patents his telegraph.
1863—1st bank chartered in US (National Bank of Davenport Iowa)
1963—West Virginia admitted as 35th US state.
1864—Battle of Kinston, NC & Battle of Abingdon, Va.
1874—1st US Lifesaving Medal awarded (Lucian Clemons)
1895—1st female PhD (science) earned (Caroline Willard Baldwin) from an American University.
1901—Charlotte Manye is 1st native African to graduate from a US college.
1910—“Krazy Kat” comic strip by George Herriman debuts in NY Journal.
1930—65th British Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 291 at Hoylake.
1944—Congress charters Central Intelligence Agency.
1953—Louise Suggs wins LPGA Western Golf Open.
1963—US & USSR agree to set up “Hot Line”
1967—Muhammad Ali convicted of refusing induction into armed services.
1970—“Ray Stevens Show” debuts on NBC-TV.
1980—“Blues Brothers” with Dan Akroyd & John Belushi opens in 594 theaters.
1988—Supreme Court upholds a law that made it illegal for private clubs to discriminate against women & minorities.
1994—OJ Simpson arraigned on murder of Nicole Simpson & Ronald Goldman.
1999—99th US Golf Open: Payne Stewart shoots a 279 at Pinehurst CC.
2013—67th Championship: Miami Heat beat San Antonio Spurs, 4 games to 3.