This Day In History
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This Day In History

1762 – 1st reported counterfeiting attempt (Boston)

1776 – Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to Continental Congress.

1846 – Saxophone is patented by Antoine Joseph Sax.

1855 – The Sigma Chi Fraternity was founded at Miami University.

1894 – Labor Day established as a holiday for federal employees.

1902 – Congress authorizes Louisiana Purchase Expo $1 gold coin.

1902 – US buys concession to build Panama canal from French for $40 million.

1928 – Alfred E. Smith (NY-Gov) nominated for US president at Democratic Convention.

1935 – FDR orders a federal gold vault to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

1942 – Dumont TV network begins (WABD NY)

1951 – “Amos ‘n’ Andy” premieres on CBS TV.

1957 – Reds’ fans stuff ballot box, electing 8 Reds as All Star starters.  Commissioner Frick overrules & names Stan Musial, Willie Mays, & Hank Aaron to team.

1965 – 1st US ground combat forces in Vietnam authorized by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

1968 – Daniel Ellsberg indicted for leaking Pentagon Papers.

1973 – Black Sports Hall of Fame forms: Paul Robeson, Elgin Baylor, Jesse Owens, Jim Brown, Wilma Rudolph, Joe Louis & Althea Gibson elected.

1976 – 1st woman was admitted to Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

1993 – Carlton Fisk, 45, released by White Sox, as all time leader of most games caught & most HRs by a catcher.

1996 – “Nutty Professor” starring Eddie Murphy opens in theaters in the USA.

1997 – “Master Class” closes at Golden Theater NYC after 601 performances.

2005 – A final design for Manhattan’s Freedom Tower is formally unveiled.