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This Day in History – March 2

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This Day In History1799—Congress standardizes US weights & measures.

1824—Interstate commerce comes under federal control.
1831—John Frazee becomes 1st US sculptor to receive a federal commission.
1953—Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Territory.
1861—Government Printing Office purchases 1st printing plant.
1866—1st US company to make sewing needles by machine incorporated, Conn.
1867—US Congress creates the Department of Education.
1867—Jesse James gang robs bank in Savannah,Missouri, 1 dead.
1877—Rutherford B. Hayes (R) declared president despite Samuel J. Tilden (D) winning the popular vote, but is 1 electoral vote shy of victory.
1903—Martha Washington Hotel, catering to women only, opens in NYC.
1925—Nationwide read numbering system & US shield marker adopted.
1927—Babe Ruth becomes highest paid baseball player ($70,000 per year)
1937—Mexico nationalizes oil.
1946—Ho Chi Minh elected president of North Vietnam.
1953—The Academy Awards are first broadcast on television by NBC.
1965—“The Sound of Music” opens.
1986—Protesters try to stop Land Rover motor company being sold to US.
1995—“Smokey Joe’s Cafe” opens at Virginia Theater NYC>
1997—Saudi Arab billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal acquires 5% of Apple.
2012—New fiscal compact to prevent excessive debt is signed by 25 out of 27 European Union members.