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This Day In History1770—Quakers open a school for blacks in Philadelphia.
1820—Tomato is proven non-poisonous.
1846—Saxophone is patented by Antoine Joseph Sax.
1892—Labor Day established as a holiday for federal employees.
1902—US buys concession to build Panama canal from French for $40 million.
1935—FDR orders a federal gold vault to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
1939—Pan AM opens southern route transatlantic air service (Dixie Clipper)
1942—Dumont TV network begins (WABD NY)
1950—North Korean forces capture Seoul, South Korea in opening phase of the Korean War.
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.
1976—1st woman was admitted to Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
1977—Supreme Court allows Federal control of Nixon tapes papers.
1979—OPEC raises oil prices 24%.
1982—Prince Charles & Lady Diana name their baby “William”
1996—“Nutty Professor” starring Eddie Murphy opens in theaters in the USA.
1997—TV evangelist Robert Schuller attacks a flight attendant.
2007—Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros becomes the 27th member of the 3000 hit club, going 5 for 5 against the Colorado Rockies.
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