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This Day in History – May 1

This Day In History1704 – Boston Newsletter publishes 1st newspaper advertisement.
1778 – American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
1822 – John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston.
1862 – Major General Benjamin Butler’s Union forces occupy New Orleans in US Civil War.
1873 – 1st US postal card issued.
1883 – Amsterdam World’s Fair opens.
1886 – US general strike for 8-hour working day begins.
1889 – Bayer introduces aspirin in powder form (Germany).
1926 – Satchel Paige makes pitching debut in Negro Southern League.
1931 – Empire State Building opens in New York City.
1939 – Batman comics hit street.
1943 – Food rationing begins in US.
1951 – Mickey Mantle’s 1st home run.
1951 – Minnie Minoso becomes the 1st black to play for the White Sox.
1960 – Russia shoots down Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 spy plane over Sverdlovsk.
1981 – Tennis player Billie Jean King acknowledges a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett – becoming first prominent sportswoman to come out.
1986 – Bill Elliott sets stock car speed record of 212.229 mph.
1989 – 135 acre Disney’s MGM studio officially opens to public.
1994 – Charles Kuralt retires as CBS newsman (On the Road).
2003 – 2003 invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the “Mission Accomplished” speech, US President George W. Bush declares that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended” on board the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California.
2012 – Guggenheim Partners make the largest ever purchase of a sports franchise after buying the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2.1 billion.
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