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This Day in History – April 4, 2011

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1581 Francis Drake completes circumnavigation of the world and is knighted 1660 English King Charles II ends Declaration of Breda (freedom of religion) 1687 English King James II orders his Declaration of Indulgence read in church 1818 Congress decided US flag is 13 red & white stripes & 20 stars 1832 Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle reaches Rio de Janeiro 1887 Susanna Medora Salter elected 1st US woman mayor (Argonia KS) 1905 Earthquake in Kangra India, kills 370,000 1911 Hugh Chalmers, automaker, suggests idea of baseball MVP 1916 US Senate agrees (82-6) to participate in WWI 1932 Vitamin C 1st isolated, C C King, University of Pittsburgh 1948 84-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie 1949 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed (Washington DC) 1964 Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love”, single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks 1972 1st electric power plant fueled by garbage begins operating 1974 Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth’s home-run record by hitting his 714th 1975 Steve Miller is arrested for burning his girlfriend’s clothes 1986 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 213th point of season 1987 Dow Jones up 69.89 points, ending at record 2,390.34 points 1988 Eddie Hill becomes 1st to drag race a ¼ mile in under 5 seconds 1989 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s last NBA game in Seattle 1993 Wrestlemania IX at Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas, Hulk Hogan pins Yokozuna 1996 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Austin TX on KJFK 98.9 FM 2010 A magnitude 7.2 earthquake shakes the Mexico-Californian border area, killing two people and injuring more than 200.]]]]> ]]>

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