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This Day In History
1664 – The colony of New Jersey is founded.
1853 – Gadsden Purchase 29,670-square-mile (78,000 square km) from Mexico (now southern Arizona and New Mexico) for $10 million signed by President Franklin Pierce.
1884 – John Lynch is 1st black elected chairman of Republican convention.
1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract.
1938 – 500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
1939 – Pan Am’s 1st US to England flight.
1947 – Jackie Robinson swipes home for 1st of 19 times in his career.
1949 – “Hopalong Cassidy” becomes 1st network western (NBC)
1949 – Cargo airlines 1st licensed by US Civil Aeronautics Board.
1956 – “Steve Allen Show” returns on NBC-TV.
1961 – “Happiest Girl in the World” closes at Martin Beck NYC after 97 performances.
1964 – FTC rules health warnings must appear on all cigarette packages.
1975 – Eastern 727 crashes at JFK Airport NY, kills 113.
1979 – Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open.
1982 – US Supreme Court rules president can’t be sued for actions in office.
1986 – US Senate approves “tax reform”
1992 – Commissioner Fay Vincent permanently bans Steve Howe from baseball.
1992 – John Gotti begins life sentence in jail.
1993 – Yale computer science professor Dr. David Gelernter loses the sight in one eye, the hearing in one ear, and part of his right hand after receiving a mailbomb from the Unabomber.
2004 – Capital punishment is declared unconstitutional in New York.

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