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This Day in History – June 28

This Day In History1762 – 1st reported counterfeiting attempt (Boston).

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

1820 – Tomato is proven to be non-poisonous.

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

1926 – Mercedes Benz forms when DMG and Benz & Cie merge.

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

1939 – Joe Louis TKOs Tony Galent in 4 for heavyweight boxing title.

1939 – Pan Am opens southern route transatlantic air service (Dixie Clipper).

1946 – Permanent radio play-by-play of Cleveland Indians baseball games begins.

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

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

1971 – US Supreme Court (8-0) overturns draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali.

1975 – Golfer Lee Trevino is struck by lightning at Western Open, (Ill).

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

1982 – Prince Charles & Lady Diana name their baby “William”.

1987 – “Dreamgirls” opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 177 performances.

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.

2003 – “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”, directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, premieres at Disneyland.

2015 – David Sweat shot and captured near Canadian border.  2nd prisoner to escape maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility June 6.

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