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This Day In History

1766 – St. Paul’s Chapel in New York in consecrated.

1768 – First Methodist church in North American colonies initiated (Wesley Chapel, NYC)

1894 – Daniel Cooper patents time clock.

1896 – Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah becomes 1st female senator.

1900 – First-ever US auto show opens in Madison Square Garden in NYC.

1938 – A radio broadcast of H.G. Wells “The War of the Worlds”, narrated by Orson Welles, allegedly causes a mass panic.

1940 – Film premier of “One Night in the Tropics” first film for Abbott and Costello, Patterson, New Jersey.

1945 – Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson to a Montreal Royals contract.

1945 – US government announces end of shoe rationing.

1952 – Clarence Birdseye sells first frozen peas.

1956 – Dodgers sell Ebbets Field to a real estate group.  They agree to stay until 1959, with an option to stay until 1961.

1960 – 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup: Rex White wins.

1963 – Sandy Koufax wins NL MVP award.

1972 – Worst US rail accident in 14 years; 45 die in Chicago, Illinois.

1974 – Catfish Hunter is named AL Cy Young Award.

1979 – NASA launches space vehicle S-203.

1989 – Smith Dairy at Orrville Ohio, makes largest milk shake (1,575.2 gal)

1996 – Exxon confirms that it is talks with state-owned Qatar General Petroleum Corporation concerning the application of new technology to convert natural gas to petroleum products.

2003 – “Wicked” premieres on Broadway at the Gershwin Theater starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth.

2012 – Walt Disney purchases Lucasfilm Ltd and its rights for Star Wars and Indiana Jones for $4.05 billion.

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