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This Day In History

This Day In History1652 – New Amsterdam (now New York City) enacts first speed limit law in North America.

1778 – Liberty Bell come home to Philadelphia after the British departure.

1847 – New York and Boston linked by telegraph wires.

1867 – Bank of California opens doors.

1893 – Great stock crash on NY stock exchange.

1923 – Capt. Lowell H. Smith and Lt. John P. Richter perform the first ever aerial refueling in a DH-4B biplane.

1929 – 1st color TV demo (NYC)

1934 – Federal Savings & Loan Association created.

1942 – FBI captures 8 Nazi saboteurs from a sub off NY’s Long Island.

1950 – North Korean troops reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders US Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict.

1955 – 1st automobile seat belt legislation enacted (Illinois)

1962 – Ross Perot begins Electronic Data Systems.

1973 – John W. Dean tells Watergate Committee about Nixon’s “enemies list”

1974 – “Flip Wilson Show” last airs on NBC-TV.

1979 – Supreme Court rules employers may use quotas to help minorities.

1980 – US revives draft registration.

1985 – Route 66 (Chicago to Santa Monica), is decertified.

1994 – 12th Seniors Players Golf Championship: Dave Stockton

2003 – The United States National Do Not Call Registry, formed to combat unwanted telemarketing calls and administered by the Federal Trade Commission, enrolls almost three-quarters of a million phone numbers on its first day.

2008 – Bill Gates steps down as Chairman of Microsoft Corporation to work full time for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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