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This Day In History – May 23

This Day In History1785 – Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals.

1865 – Flag flown at full mast over White House for the first time since Lincoln was shot.

1867 – Jesse James gang robs bank in Richmond, Missouri (2 die, $4,000 taken).

1900 – Associated Press News Service forms in NY.

1903 – 1st direct primary election law in US adopted, by Wisconsin.

1921 – “Shuffle Along” 1st black musical comedy, opens in NYC.

1922 – Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films.

1941 – Joe Louis beats Buddy Baer on DQ in 7 for heavyweight boxing title.

1948 – Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs.

1963 – NBC purchases 1963 AFL championship game TV rights for $926,000.

1966 – The Beatles release “Paperback Writer.”

1977 – US Supreme Court refuses to hear appeals of Watergate wrong doers H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman & John Mitchell.

1984 – Detroit Tigers win AL record tying 16th straight road game.

1988 – Maryland stops sale of cheap pistols on January 1, 1990.

1990 – Cost of rescuing savings & loan failures is put at up to $130 billion.

1991 – Philly Tommy Greene (Whiteville, NC native) no-hits Montreal Expos, 2-0.

1992 – US President George H.W. Bush orders Coast Guard to intercept boats with Harlem refugees.

1994 – “Star Trek The Next Generation” finale airs this week in syndication.

1997 – “King David” closes at New Amsterdam Theater NYC.

2006 – 41st Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans & Keith Urban win.

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