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This Day in History – March 5

This Day In History1558—Smoking tobacco introduced in Europe by Francisco Fernandes.

 
1743—1st US religious journal, The Christian History, published, Boston.
 
1821—Monroe 1st US president inaugurated on March 5th, because 4th was Sunday.
 
1842—Over 500 Mexican troops led by Rafael Vasquez invade Texas, briefly occupy San Antonio and then head back to the Rio Grande.
 
1849—Zachary Taylor sworn in as 12 US president.
 
1856—Georgia becomes 1st state to regulate railroads.
 
1868—US Senate organizes to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson.
 
1872—George Westinghouse, Jr. patents triple air brake for trains.
 
1894—Seattle authorizes 1st municipal employment office in US.
 
1900—American Hall of Fame founded.
 
1921—The US warns Costa Rica and Panama to settle disputes peacefully.
 
1923—Montana & Nevada become 1st states to enact old age pension laws.
 
1933—FDR proclaims 10-day bank holiday.
 
1944—1st performance of Walter Piston’s 2nd Symphony.
 
1954—“Girl in Pink Tights” opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 115 performances.
 
1956—“King Kong” 1st televised.
 
1960—Elvis Presley ends 2-year hitch in US Army.
 
1969—Gold reaches then record high ($47 per ounce) in Paris.
 
1973—Yankee pitchers Peterson & Kekich announce they swapped wives.
 
1978—“Hello Dolly!’ opens at Lunt-Fontainne Theater NYC for 152 performances.
 
1984—Supreme Court (5-4): city may use public money for Nativity scene.
 
1989—19th Easter Seal Telethon raises $37,002,000.
 
1996—Earl Weaver & Jim Bunning, elected to baseball Hall of Fame.
 
2013—Willcom announces the world’s smallest mobile phone, weighing 32 grams.
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