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This Day In History

1797 – Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow.  He can’t sell it to farmers, though, they fear effects of iron on soil.

1848 – 1st pure food law enacted in US.

1862 – US Army of Virginia establishes under Gen. John Pope.

1870 – The Christian holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States.

1894 – Karl Benz of Germany receives US patent for gasoline-driven auto.

1919 – NY Daily News begins publishing.

1924 – Ziegfeld Follies opens on Broadway.

1934 – FDR signs Federal Credit Union Act, establishing Credit Unions.

1946 – Fred Allen’s last radio show, his guest is Jack Benny.

1964 – Beatles release “A Hard Day’s Night” album.

1968 – Iwo Jima & Bonin Islands returned to Japan by US.

1971 – “Man of La Mancha” closes at ANTA Washington Square Theater NYC after 2329 performances.

1977 – Elvis Presley sings in Indianapolis, the last performance of his career.

1984 – Barbara Streisand records “Here We Are at Last”

1989 – Supreme Court rules 16 year olds can receive death penalty.

1992 – Supreme Court rules fund soliciting can be banned at airports.

1993 – “Late Night with David Letterman” airs for last time on NBC-TV.

1997 – The US Supreme Court strikes down Internet indecency law.

2003 – The US Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.

2015 – US Supreme Court rules 5-4 same-sex marriage is a legal right across all US states.

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