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This Day in History – April 28, 2011

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0585 War between Lydia & Media ended by solar eclipse 1686 1st volume of Isaac Newton’s “Principia” published 1788 Maryland becomes the 7th state to ratify the constitution 1847 George B Vashon becomes 1st black to enter New York State Bar 1855 1st veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston 1910 1st night air flight (Claude Grahame-White, England) 1914 W H Carrier patents air conditioner 1919 1st jump with Army Air Corp (rip-cord type) parachute (Les Irvin) 1930 1st night organized baseball game (Independence KS) 1931 Program for woman athletes approved for 1932 Olympics track & field 1932 Yellow fever vaccine for humans announced 1934 FDR signs Home Owners Loan Act 1937 1st animated cartoon electric sign displayed (New York NY) 1937 1st commercial flight across the Pacific, Pan Am 1942 Nightly “dim-out” begins along the East Coast 1958 Vice President Richard Nixon begins goodwill tour of Latin America 1965 Lindsey Nelson broadcasts game at Astrodome from a hanging gondola 1967 Muhammad Ali refuses induction into army & stripped of boxing title 1968 11 year-old Mary Bell strangles 4 year-old Martin Brown 1972 The courts awarded the Kentucky Derby prize money to 2nd place winner because the winner was given drugs before the race 1977 Christopher Boyce convicted for selling US secrets to the Russians 1986 Chernobyl, USSR site of world’s worst nuclear power plant disaster 1989 Argentina, hit by rocketing inflation, runs out of money 1989 Iran protests sale of “Satanic Verses” by Salman Rushdie 1991 Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) is launched]]]]> ]]>

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