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0336 St Mark begins his reign as Catholic Pope 1644 Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America’s 1st UFO sighting 1733 1st polar bear exhibited in America (Boston) 1777 San Jose CA founded 1778 Captain James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands) 1862 Confederate Territory of Arizona is formed 1865 Battle of Fort Moultrie SC 1896 1st demonstration of an x-ray machine in the US, New York City NY 1911 1st shipboard landing of a plane (Tanforan Park to USS Pennsylvania) 1919 WWI Peace Congress opens in Versailles, France 1943 Presliced bread sale banned to reduce bakery demand for metal parts 1944 1st Chinese naturalized US citizen since repeal of exclusion acts 1951 NFL rules tackles, guards & centers ineligible for forward pass. 1951 NFL takes control of the failing Baltimore Colts 1951 1st use of lie detector in Netherlands 1957 3 B-52’s set record for around-the-world flight, 45 hours 19 minutes 1958 1st African-American in the NHL (William O’Ree, Boston Bruins) 1960 US & Japan sign joint defense treaty 1962 Southern University closed due to demonstrations 1962 US begins spraying foliage in Vietnam to reveal Viet Cong guerrillas 1962 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 1964 Beatles 1st appearance in Billboard Chart (I Want to Hold Your Hand-#35) 1964 Plans for the World Trade Center announced (New York City NY) 1967 Albert DeSalvo (Boston Strangler) sentenced to life in prison 1967 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 1974 “The $6 Million Man” starring Lee Majors premieres on ABC TV 1975 “The Jeffersons” spin-off from “All in the Family” premieres on CBS 1980 Gold reaches $1,000 an ounce 1980 Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” hits #1 1983 IOC restores Jim Thorpe’s Olympic medals 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semipro baseball 1990 Washington DC, Mayor Marion Barry arrested in drug enforcement sting 1993 Martin Luther King Jr holiday observed in all 50 states for 1st time]]]]> ]]>

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