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1692—Court of Oyer and Terminer (“to hear and determine”) established by Governor of Massachusetts to hear accusations of witchcraft.
1796—James S. McLean patents his piano.
1896—Tornado hit St. Louis, killing 255 & leaving thousands homeless.
1916—President Wilson addressed the League to Enforce Peace, founded in 1915, and gives public support to the idea of a league of nations.
1930—The 1,046-foot (319-meter) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public.
1931—1st full scale wind tunnel for testing airplanes, Langley Field, Va.
1933—Walt Disney’s “3 Little Pigs” released.
1937—Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, dedicated.
1942—Dorie Miller awarded navy cross for deeds at Pearl Harbor.
1950—“Arms & the Girl” closes at 46th Street Theater, NYC after 134 performances.
1958—Maiden flight of the F-4 Phantom II.
1960—Baltimore manager Paul Richards devises oversized catcher’s mitt.
1968—George Halas retires from coaching, finishing with 318 regular-season wins and 6 NFL titles.
1969—Walt Disney World construction begins.
1977—New York City fines George Willing 1 cent for each of 110 stories he climbed.
1981—John Hinckley attempts suicide by overdosing on Tylenol.
1987—Jim & Tammy Bakker appear on “Nightline” after PTL scandal.
1997—Major league revenue sharing begins, NY Yankees pay out most, $28M.
1998—Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.
2014—The director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde calls for “tougher regulations and tighter supervision” of banking sector.