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This Day in History – May 11, 2011




1502 Columbus begins 4th & last trip to “Indies” 1751 1st US hospital founded (Pennsylvania Hospital) 1752 1st US fire insurance policy issued (Philadelphia) 1812 Waltz introduced into English ballrooms – Most observers consider it disgusting & immoral. No wonder it caught on! 1816 American Bible Society forms (New York) 1850 Work starts on 1st brick building in San Francisco 1858 Minnesota admitted as 32nd US state 1904 Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5 million to build a peace palace 1910 Montana’s Glacier National Park forms 1916 Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity presented 1928 General Electric opens 1st TV-station (Schenectady NY) 1929 1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week) 1929 Dr Annie Webb Blanton forms Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Austin TX 1947 BF Goodrich manufactures 1st tubeless tire, Akron OH 1949 1st Polaroid camera sold $89.95 (NYC) 1949 By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of UN 1949 Siam renames itself Thailand 1951 Jay Forrester patents computer core memory 1959 Yankee catcher Yogi Berra’s errorless streak of 148 games ends 1963 Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham AL 1965 Ellis Island added to Statue of Liberty National monument 1967 100,000,000th US phone connected 1969 Monty Python comedy troupe forms 1971 Cleveland’s Steve Dunning becomes last American League pitcher to hit grand slam 1977 Ted Turner manages an Atlanta Braves game 1978 Margaret A Brewer is 1st female general in the US Marine Corps 1980 Pete Rose, 39, steals second, third, & home in one inning for Phillies 1984 Transit of Earth as seen on Mars 1987 1st heart-lung transplant take place (Baltimore) 1989 217th & final episode of “Dynasty” is aired 1989 Kenya announces worldwide ban on ivory to preserve its elephant herds]]]]> ]]>

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