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This Day In History

This Day In History

1753 – Benjamin Franklin receives the Godfrey Copley medal “on account of his curious Experiments and Observations on Electricity”

1861 – Harper’s Weekly publishes EE Beers’ “All quiet along the Potomac”

1886 – First commercially successful AC electric power plant open, Buffalo, NY.

1902 – American Old West: Second-in-command of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch gang, Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor.

1924 – 1st photo facsimile transmitted across Atlantic by radio (London-NYC)

1933 – CCC Camps are established in Cleveland Park District.

1950 – US President Harry Truman threatens China with atom bomb.

1956 – 1st use of videotape on TV (Douglas Edwards & the News)

1958 – 1st US guided missile destroyer launched – the Dewey at Bath Iron Works, Maine.

1967 – Julie Nixon & David Eisenhower announce their engagement.

1967 – Senator Eugene McCarthy announces he will run for the US presidency on an anti-Vietnam was platform.

1971 – TV movie “Brian’s Song” airs for 1st time on ABC-TV.

1974 – “Good Evening” closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 438 performances.

1979 – Ted Koppel becomes anchor of nightly news on Iran Hostages (ABC)

1983 – Radio Shack announces Tandy Model 2000 computer (80186 chip)

1988 – Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. buys RJR Nabisco for $25.07 billion USD.

1990 – Actor Burt Lancaster suffers a stroke.

1993 – NFL announces 30th franchise – Jacksonville Jaquars.

1993 – President Clinton signs Brady Gun Control Bill.

2004 – Longtime “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with $2,529,700 USD, television’s all-time biggest game show haul.

2015 – NBA star Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers) announces his intention to retire at the end of the season.

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