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1533 England’s King Henry VIII marries Anne Boleyn (approximate date) 1775 Americans drag cannon up hill to fight British (Gun Hill Road, Bronx) 1851 Sojourner Truth addresses 1st Black Women’s Rights Convention (Akron) 1858 Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” 1st played, at wedding of Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Victoria, to crown prince of Prussia 1875 Anti-slavery society formed in NY 1877 Congress determines presidential election between Hayes-Tilden 1890 National Afro-American League forms in Chicago 1915 Transcontinental telephone service inaugurated (New York to San Francisco) 1919 Founding of League of Nations, 1st meeting 1 year later 1924 1st Winter Olympic games open in Chamonix, France 1937 Soap Opera “Guiding Light” premieres on NBC radio 1955 Columbia University scientists develop an atomic clock accurate to within one second in 300 years 1955 US & Panamá sign canal treaty 1959 1st transcontinental commercial jet flight (American) (Los Angeles to New York for $301) 1961 1st live, nationally televised Presidential news conference (JFK) 1961 Walt Disney’s “101 Dalmations” released 1964 Beatles 1st US #1, “I Want to Hold your Hand” (Cashbox) 1970 Robert Altman’s “M*AS*H” premieres 1971 Charles Manson & 3 women followers convicted of Tate-LaBianca murders 1974 Ray Kroc, CEO (McDonald’s), buys San Diego Padres for $12 million 1988 Vice President Bush & Dan Rather clash on “CBS Evening News” as Rather attempts to question Bush about his role in the Iran-Contra affair 1989 Michael Jordan scores his 10,000th NBA point in his 5th season 1985 “We are the World” is recorded]]]]> ]]>

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