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This Day in History – April 9, 2011




1667 1st public art exhibition (Palais Royal, Paris France) 1682 Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France 1833 1st tax-supported public library (Peterborough NH) 1838 National Galley opens in London 1864 Battle of Pleasant Hill LA, 2870 casualities 1865 Robert E Lee & 26,765 troops, surrender to US Grant at Appomattox 1866 Civil Rights Bill passes over President Andrew Johnson’s veto 1870 American Anti-Slavery Society dissolves 1872 Samuel R Percy patents dried milk 1878 1st Lady Lucy Hayes begins egg rolling contest on White House lawn 1912 Titanic leaves Queenstown Ireland for New York 1914 1st full color film shown “The World, The Flesh & the Devil” (London) 1928 Mae West’s NYC debut in a daring new play “Diamond Lil” 1945 NFL requires players to wear long stockings 1947 Atomic Energy Commission is formed 1950 Bob Hope’s 1st TV appearance 1953 “TV Guide” publishes 1st issue 1959 NASA names 1st 7 astronauts for Project Mercury 1962 JFK throws out 1st ball at Washington DC’s new Stadium 1963 Sir Winston Churchill proclaimed honorary U.S. citizen in White House ceremony 1965 1st game at Astrodome, Houston beats Yankees 2-1 in exhibition as Mickey Mantle hits 1st indoor homerun 1965 Beatles “Ticket to Ride” is released in UK 1967 1st Boeing 737 rolls out 1968 Martin Luther King Jr, buried in Atlanta GA 1970 Paul McCartney announces official split of the Beatles 1974 San Diego Padres owner Ray Kroc, addresses fans “Ladies & gentlemen, I suffer with you I’ve never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life” 1976 US & Russia agree on the size of nuclear tests for peaceful use 1979 Longest doubles ping-pong match of 101 hours, begins 1986 “Dallas” announces it will revive the killed Bobby Ewing character 1987 For 3rd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 goals in a Stanley Cup game 1987 Wayne Gretzky passes Jean Beliveau as all time playoff scoring champion 1990 World’s largest bunny hop at Radio City Music Hall (NYC) 1991 Release of Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0 1992 US Federal court finds Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega guilty of drugs]]]]> ]]>

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