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This Day In History1870 – Ada Kepley becomes 1st American female law college graduate (Old University of Chicago, later Northwestern)

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 – US Congress passes the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act; these laws owe much to the expose journalism of the period (Upton Sinclair’s ‘The Jungle’ in particular)

1918 – Prominent US Socialist and Pacifist Eugene Debs is arrested on charges of denouncing the government, a violation of the Espionage Act of 1917.

1925 – Charles Jenkins is granted the U.S. patent for Transmitting Pictures over Wireless (early television)

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

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

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

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

1953 – 1st Chevrolet Corvette manufactured.

1960 – US stops sugar import from Cuba.

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

1982 – Federal Equal Rights Amendment fails, 3 states short of ratification.

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

1988 – Chicago agrees to build a new stadium so White Sox won’t move to Florida.

1994 – Pre-trial hearings open in LA against O.J. Simpson.

1998 – Sega Channel, cable’s 1st on-demand video game service, closes down.

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

2013 – 19 fire fighters are killed controlling a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona.