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0066 5th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet 1697 Isaac Newton receives Jean Bernoulli’s 6 month time-limit problem, solves problem before going to bed that same night 1784 Ben Franklin expresses unhappiness over the eagle as America’s symbol 1802 Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library 1837 Michigan admitted as 26th US state 1838 Tennessee becomes 1st state to prohibit alcohol 1861 Louisiana becomes 6th state to secede 1870 Virginia rejoins the US 1871 US income tax repealed 1875 Electric dental drill is patented by George F Green 1886 Karl Benz patents 1st auto with burning motor 1905 World’s largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, is found in South Africa 1913 Jim Thorpe relinquishes his 1912 Olympic medals for being a pro 1915 Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado established 1918 US food administrator Hoover calls for “wheatless” & “meatless” days for war effort 1926 Television 1st demonstrated (John L Baird, London) 1939 Filming begins on “Gone With the Wind” 1948 Executive Order 9981, end segregation in US Armed Forces signed 1954 Ground breaking begins on Disneyland 1962 Canadian Marine Service renamed Coast Guard 1979 “The Dukes of Hazzard” premieres on CBS 1992 Americans with Disabilities Act went into effect 1998 President Clinton says “I want to say one thing to the American people, I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”]]]]> ]]>

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