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This Day In History
By: Robert G. Hester
 
1804—Territory of Orleans organizes in Louisiana Purchase.
 
1830—The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyre, New York.
 
1845—Joseph Francis, NYC, patents a corrugated sheet-iron lifeboat.
 
1872—Thomas J. Martin patents fire extinguisher.
 
1886—1st cremation in England.
 
1910—William H. Lewis appointed asst attorney general of US.
 
1930—Congress appropriates $50,000 for Inter-American highway.
 
1937—Spinach growers of Crystal City, Texas, erect statute of Popeye.
 
1945—US 7th Army crosses Rhine at Worms.
 
1945—Iwo Jima occupied, after 18,000 Japanese & 6,000 Americans killed.
 
1953—Dr. Jonas Salk announces vaccine to prevent polio.
 
1955—“Ballad of Davy Crockett” becomes the #1 record in US.
 
1962—Supreme  Court backs 1-man-1-vote apportionment of seats in state legislature.
 
1969—Marcus Welby, MD, at TV-movie is shown on ABC-TV.
 
1971—“Benny Hill Show” tops TV ratings.
 
1973—Soap “Young & Restless” premieres.
 
1977—Focus on the Family is founded by Dr. James Dobson.
 
1979—OPEC makes full 14.5% oil price increase for 1979 effective on April 1.
 
1982—Ground-breaking in Washington, DC for Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
 
1990—62nd Academy Awards – “Driving Miss Daisy”, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Tandy win.
 
1999—The “Melissa worm” infects Microsoft word-processing and e-mail systems around the world.
 
1999—A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.
 
2013—Ariana Grande’s first single, “The Way”, is released.
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