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This Day in History – May 12, 2011

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1777 1st ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi-New York Gazette) 1780 Charleston SC falls to the British (Revolutionary War) 1792 Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented 1863 Battle of Raymond MS 1875 1st recorded shutout in pro baseball, Chicago 1, St Louis 0 1890 Louisiana legalized prize fighting 1897 1800-1900 year old fossil of “girl of Yde” found in Drente Netherlands 1898 Louisiana adopts new constitution with “grandfather clause” designed to eliminate black voters 1915 Franklin K Mathiews, presents the idea of “Book Week” 1921 National Hospital Day 1st observed 1928 Opium laws enforced 1932 Body of kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh is found in Hopewell NJ 1932 Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in ‘Mickey’s Revue’ by Walt Disney 1942 Nazi U-boat sinks American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River 1943 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in US 1949 1st foreign woman ambassador received in US (S V L Pandit India) 1951 1st H Bomb test, on Enewetak Atoll 1959 Liz Taylor’s 4th marriage (Eddie Fisher) 1960 Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special 1963 Bob Dylan walks off Ed Sullivan Show 1963 Race riot in Birmingham AL 1968 “March of Poor” under rev Abernathy reach Washington DC 1977 1st quadraphonic concert (Pink Floyd in London) 1978 Commerce Department announces that hurricane names will no longer be exclusively female 1980 1st nonstop crossing of US via balloon (Maxie Anderson & son Chris) 1982 In Fatima Portugal, a Spanish priest with a bayonet is stopped prior to his attempt to attack Pope John Paul II 1982 US Football League forms 1989 Last graffiti covered NYC subway car retired 1990 3rd time Saturday Night Live uses time delay (Andrew Dice Clay hosts) 1990 Nora Dunn & Sinead O’Connor boycott Saturday Night Live to protest Andrew “Dice” Clay’s hosting 1991 A new cancer drug is announced, which can only be found in bark of a rare tree in the Pacific Northwest 1993 Last broadcast of “Cheers” on NBC-TV 1993 Last broadcast of “Knots Landing” on CBS 1995 Dow Jones for 5th straight day of the week sets a new record (4430.59) 1997 Susie Maroney, 22, of Australia, is 1st to swim from Cuba to Florida 2003 In Texas, fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers went into hiding over a dispute with Republican’s over a congressional redistricting plan. 2008 In the U.S., the price for a one-ounce First-Class stamp increased from 41 to 42 cents.]]]]> ]]>

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