02/26/2024
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This Day In History1775 – 1st Continental currency issued ($3,000,000)

1832 – John Howe patents pin manufacturing machine.

1847 – First ring doughnut supposedly created by Hanson Gregory.

1848 – Barnburners (anti-slavery) party nominates Martin Van Buren for President.

1870 – US Congress creates Department of Justice.

1918 – Circus train rammed by troop train kills 68 (Ivanhoe, Illinois)

1932 – National League finally approves players wearing numbers.

1934 – John Dillinger is informally named America’s first Public Enemy Number One.

1942 – Japanese submarine in mouth of Columbia River, Oregon.

1944 – US President Franklin Roosevelt signs “GI Bill of Rights (Servicemen’s Readjustment Act)

1959 – “Along Came Jones” by Coasters peaks at #9.

1962 – 1st test flight of a Hovercraft.

1970 – President Nixon signs 26th amendment (voting age lowered to 18)

1976 – “Godspell” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 527 performances.

1979 – Little Richard quits rock & roll for religious pursuit.

1990 – Florida passes a law which prohibits wearing a thong bathing suit.

1994 – Mets reliever John Franco sets lefty save mark at 253.

2009 – 2009 Washington Metro subway crash: Two Metro trains collide in Washington, DC, USA, killing 9 and injuring over 80.

2011 – After hiding for 16 years, Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is arrested outside an apartment in Santa Monica, California.

2015 – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley calls for the removal of the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds in wake of killings in a Charleston church.

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