This Day In History
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This Day In History
1776 – Virginia state constitution adopted and Patrick Henry made governor.
1863 – George Armstrong Custer, aged 23, appointed Union Brigadier General.
1891 – US National Forest Service organized.
1906 – US Congress pass the Hepburn Act, permitting the regulation of rates charged by railroads, pipelines, and terminals engaged in interstate commerce.
1929 – 1st high-speed jet wind tunnel completed, Langley Field, California.
1936 – George M. Cohan is the first artist to be presented with a US Congressional Gold Medal, by Franklin D. Roosevelt (for raising war morale)
1940 – US passes Alien Registration Act requiring Aliens to register.
1944 – US 7th army corps conquers Cherbourg.
1949 – US troops withdraw from Korea after WW II.
1956 – US Federal interstate highway system act signed.
1963 – Beatles’ 1st song “From Me to You” hits UK charts.
1964 – Civil Right Act of 1964 passed after 83-day filibuster in the US Senate.
1968 – “Tip-Toe Thru’ The Tulips With Me” by Tiny Tim peaks at #17.
1969 – On Billy Williams Day in Chicago, the Cubs outfielder passes Stan Musial’s NL record for consecutive games played (896)
1979 – San Diego Chicken reborn at Jack Murphy Stadium.
1984 – Pete Rose plays in record 3,309th game, surpassing Carl Yastrzemski.
1990 – Marla Maples father sues National Enquirer for $12M.
2002 – US Vice President Dick Cheney, serves as Acting President for two and a half hours, while President George W. Bush undergoes a colonoscopy procedure.
2009 – Financier Bernard Madoff sentenced to 150 years in prison, US maximum, for conducting massive Ponzi scheme.
2016 – US Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter lifts Pentagon’s ban on transgendered people serving in the US armed forces.