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This Day in History – May 1

This Day In History1704 – Boston Newsletter publishes 1st newspaper advertisement.

1844 – Whig convention nominates Henry Clay as presidential candidate.

1848 – The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

1873 – 1st US postal card issued.

1883 – “Buffalo Bill” Cody puts on his 1st Wild West Show.

1889 – Bayer introduces aspirin in powder form (Germany).

1912 – Beverly Hills Hotel opens.

1920 – Longest major league baseball game by innings – Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings.

1928 – Pitcairn Airlines (later Eastern) begins service.

1931 – Empire State Building opens in New York City.

1939 – Batman comics hit street.

1941 – General Mills introduces Cheerios.

1943 – Food rationing begins in US.

1952 – TWA airlines introduces tourist class.

1961 – Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba.

1971 – Amtrak Railroad begins operation.

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.

1994 – “My Fair Lady” closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 165 performances.

1994 – Charles Kuralt retires as CBS newsman (On the Road).

2003 – 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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