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1419 French city of Rouen surrenders to Henry V in Hundred Years War 1825 Ezra Daggett & nephew Thomas Kensett patent food storage in tin cans 1840 Antarctica discovered, Charles Wilkes expedition (US claim) 1861 Georgia becomes 5th state to secede 1861 MS troops take Fort Massachusetts an Ship Island 1862 Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky (Fishing Creek, Logan’s Crossroads) 1865 Union occupies Fort Anderson NC 1871 1st Negro lodge of US Masons approved, New Jersey 1903 1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US & England 1903 New bicycle race “Tour de France” announced 1915 Neon Tube sign patented by George Claude 1919 “Tidal wave” of molasses 15 meters high x 25 meters wide kills dozens, Boston 1920 US Senate votes against membership in League of Nations 1922 Geological survey says US oil supply would be depleted in 20 years 1937 Cy Young, Tris Speaker & Nap Lajoie elected to Baseball Hall of Fame 1937 Millionaire Howard Hughes sets transcontinental air record (7h28m25s) 1938 GM began mass production of diesel engines 1939 Ernest Hausen of Wisconsin sets chicken-plucking record-4.4 seconds 1952 PGA approves allowing black participants 1955 1st Presidential news conference filmed for TV (Eisenhower) 1955 “Scrabble” debuts on board game market 1967 Herr Karl Tausch writes shortest will “Vse Zene” (All to wife) 1971 Beatles’ Helter Skelter is played at the Charles Manson trial 1981 Muhammad Ali talks a despondent 21 year old out of committing suicide]]]]> ]]>

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