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This Day In History

1639 – First printing press in America.

1804 – Twelfth Amendment to the US Constitution, establishing the procedure for electing the President and Vice President, becomes effective.

1867 – Congress creates 1st all-black university, Howard U in Washington, D.C.

1878 – British physician Dr. Charles Drysdale warns against the use of tobacco in a letter to The Times newspaper in one of the earliest public health announcements on the dangers of smoking.

1911 – Groundbreaking begins in Boston for Fenway Park.

1919 – US President Woodrow Wilson suffers a breakdown in Colorado, his health never recovers.

1926 – Henry Ford announces an 8 hour, 5-day work week.

1933 – 1st state poorhouse opens in Smyrna, Georgia.

1936 – Joe Medwick sets a still-standing NL record with his 64th double.

1949 – Evangelist Billy Graham begins his “Los Angeles Crusade” in a circus tent erected in a parking lot.

1954 – Cleveland Indians win AL record 111 games.

1962 – “New Painting of Common Objects” exhibition at Pasadena Art Museum opens – 1st show on American Pop Art.

1978 – PSA Boeing 727 & a Cessna private plane collide near San Diego, 144 die.

1982 – Northwestern ends 34 football game losing streak, beats Northern Illinois 31-6.

1986 – Antonin Scalia appointed to US Supreme Court.

1989 – Wade Boggs is 1st to get 200 hits & 100 walks in 4 consecutive seasons.

1997 – “ER” is performed live on TV.

2015 – Caitlyn Jenner officially changed her name from Bruce and her gender to a woman.

2017 – First ever woman graduates from the US Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course.

2017 – Ex-New York congressman Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in jail for sexting underage girl.

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