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This Day in History – June 24

This Day In History1664 – The colony of New Jersey is founded.

1794 – Bowdoin College is founded in Maine, USA.

1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract.

1939 – Pan Am’s 1st US to England flight.

1948 – Republican National Convention in Philadelphia nominates NY Gov. Thomas E. Dewey.

1949 – “Hopalong Cassidy” becomes 1st network western (NBC).

1949 – Cargo airlines 1st licensed by US Civil Aeronautics Board.

1957 – The US Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment in Roth v. United States.

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.

1968 – Resurrection City in Washington, DC closed permanently.

1970 – NY Yankee Bobby Murcer ties record of 4 consecutive HRs.

1972 – Wake Island becomes unincorporated territory of US (US Air Force).

1975 – Eastern 727 crashes at JFK Airport NY, kills 33.

1977 – IRS reveals Jimmy Carter paid no taxes in 1976.

1982 – US Supreme Court rules president can’t be sued for actions in office.

1986 – US Senate approves “tax reform.”

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.

2006 – “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”, directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, premieres at Disneyland-becomes fastest film to gross over 1 billion.

2012 – Female athletes will be allowed to compete for Saudi Arabia at the Olympics for the first time.

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