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This Day In History1834 – Congress creates Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)

1859 – Charles Blondin is 1st to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

1896 – W.S. Hadaway patents electric stove.

1898 – Winton Motor Carriage Company publishes the first known automobile ad in Scientific American using the headline “dispense with a horse.”

1906 – John Hope becomes 1st black president of Morehouse College.

1916 – General Douglas Haig reports “The men are in splendid spirits”

1928 – Radio Service Bulletin lists radio stations call signs that are to be changed to conform with international standards.

1933 – St. Louis Card’s Dizzy Dean strikes out 17 Cubs to win 8-2.

1936 – 40 hour work week law approved for US federal employees.

1936 – Margaret Mitchell’s novel “Gone with the Wind” published.

1940 – US Fish & Wildlife Service forms.

1952 – “Guiding Light” soap opera moves from radio to TV.

1953 – 1st Chevrolet Corvette manufactured.

1954 – Largest check: Internal US Treasury check at $4,176,969,623.57.

1955 – “Johnny Carlson Show” debuts on CBS-TV.

1967 – Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. named 1st black astronaut.

1985 – “The King & I” closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 191 performances.

1992 – 1st pay bathrooms in US open: 25 cents (NYC)

2004 – “Spider-Man 2” directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Maquire and Kirsten Dunst is released.

2012 – Mid-Atlantic storms in the United States kill 13 and leave millions without power in Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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