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600 Pope Gregory
the Great decreed that saying "God bless
You" is the correct response to a sneeze.
1659 The first
known check was written (for £400, in England).
Lieutenant Stephen Decatur raided Tripoli
Harbor and burned the Navy frigate Philadelphia.
passed a law permitting women to attend school,
under certain conditions.
1838 Historian Henry Adams was
Wilkes discovered Shackleton Ice Shelf,
Brothers wagon company was established.
College was established.
1859 The French
Government passed a law to set the A-note above
middle C to a frequency of 435 Hz, in an attempt
to standardize the pitch.
1864 The Battle
of Mobile was fought.
Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks was
founded in New York City.
1878 The silver
dollar became legal U.S. tender.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers was
founded in New York City.
Home Journal began publication.
Van Wyck Brooks was born.
Katharine Cornell was born.
President Félix Faure died.
Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen was born.
1909 The first
subway car with side doors went into service in
New York City.
1909 Actor Hugh Beaumont was born.
The first airplane flight from Los Angeles to San
Francisco was flown.
Lithuania declared itsindependence from Russia
James Markham received a patent for a peach tree,
the first ever patent to be awarded for a tree.
Singer Sonny Bono was born.
DuPont Corporation patented nylon.
The U.S. Federal Crop Insurance program was
authorized by Congress.
North Korean President Kim Jong Il was born.
U.S. forces landed on Corregidor.
1945 Venezuela declared war on
The first commercially designed helicopter was
tested in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
The first newsreel telecast, "20th
Century Fox-Movietone News," was shown on
The longest-running prime-time game show,
"What's My Line?" began on CBS.
1950 Writers failed to
elect anyone to Baseball's Hall of Fame.
New York City passed a law prohibiting racism in
1951 Actor William Katt was
Businessman James L. Kraft died.
Actress Margaux Hemingway was born.
Great Britain abolished the death penalty.
Actor LeVar Burton was born.
Rapper Ice-T was born.
Fidel Castro became Premier of Cuba.
The U.S. nuclear submarine USS Triton
embarked on an underwater round-the-world voyage.
China activated its first nuclear reactor.
1961 The United States launched
the Explorer 9 satellite.
France conducted an underground nuclear test at
The first 911 system went into operation in
The retractable-gear Cessna Cardinal RG was flown
for the first time, by L.R. Ikerd.
Wilt Chamberlain hit the 30,000
point mark during a game with the Phoenix Suns.
Barbara was elected as the first female president
Goodyear began painting its blimps yellow and
Jeff Gordon became the youngest driver to win the
Daytona 500, he was 25.
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