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This Day in History – April 6, 2011

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0648 -BC- Earliest total solar eclipse; chronicled by Greeks 0610 Lailat-ul Qadar, the night the koran descended to Earth 1106 Fire in Venice 1722 Peter the Great ends tax on men with beards 1789 1st US Congress begins regular sessions, Federal Hall, New York NY 1830 Joseph Smith & 5 others organize Mormon church in Seneca County, New York 1868 Brigham Young marries his 27th & final wife 1869 1st plastic, Celluloid, patented 1889 George Eastman places Kodak Camera on sale for 1st time 1906 1st animated cartoon copyrighted 1909 1st credit union established in US 1912 Electric starter 1st appeared in cars 1925 1st film shown on an airplane (British Air) 1930 Hostess Twinkies invented by bakery executive James Dewar 1938 Teflon invented by Roy J Plunkett 1954 TV Dinner is 1st put on sale by Swanson & Sons 1958 Arnold Palmer wins 1st major golf tournament-the Masters 1973 Yankee Ron Blomberg becomes 1st designated hitter, he walks 1976 1st quadraphonic movie track “Ladies & Gentlemen the Rolling Stones” 1980 Post It Notes are introduced 1986 Soccer ball juggled non-stop for 14:14 hours 1988 North pole explorer Matthew Henson buried next to Robert Peary in Arlington 2002 A ship spills 340,000 litres of crude oil off the southeast Louisiana coast, USA. 2005 The first 13th root calculation of a 200-digit number is computed by Frenchman Alexis Lemaire. 2008 In Argentina, a meteor is witnessed falling in flames of changing colors, crashing in Entre Rios Province. 2009 An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale in central Italy kills 281, injures 1500, and leaves about 17,000 homeless. The quake flattened houses, ancient churches and other buildings in 26 cities and towns. The damage is estimated at US$4 billion. 2009 Somali pirates seize British-owned cargo ship Malaspina Castle in the Gulf of Aden, and a Taiwanese ship near the Seychelles, after capturing a French yacht, a Yemeni tugboat, and the 20,000-ton German container vessel Hansa Stavanger on the past two days. 2009 Japan announces it will spend a further 10 trillion yen (US$99 billion) to fight the recession. 2010 An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 hits the Indonesian island of Sumatra, with no reports of casualties.]]]]> ]]>

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