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This Day in History – May 19

  • 05/18/2017
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This Day In History 1643 – Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor form the United Colonies of New England.

1848 – 1st department store opens.

1848 – Mexico gives Texas to US, ending the war.

1884 – Ringling Brothers circus premieres.

1910 – Passage of Earth through tail of Halley’s Comet causes near-panic.

1921 – Congress sharply curbs immigration, setting a national quota system.

1935 – NFL adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936.

1958 – South Pacific soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks.

1962 – Stan Musial breaks Honus Wagner’s NL hit record with 3,431.

1975 – 27th Emmy Awards: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Robert Blake & Jean Marsh win.

1977 – “Smokey & the Bandit” premieres.

1985 – Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic.

1987 – 1st American Comedy Award: Johnny Carson & Betty White.

1991 – “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” closes at Shubert NYC after 224 performances.

1991 – Willy T. Ribbs becomes 1st African American driver to make Indianapolis 500.

1992 – 27th Amendment ratified, prohibits Congress from raising its salary.

1997 – “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore, premieres in the US.

2007 – “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’ End”, directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom premieres in Anaheim – most expensive film ($300 million) made at the time

2013 – 21st Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Red win.

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