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This Day in History – May 15, 2011

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1536 Anna Boleyn & Lord Rochford accused of adultery/incest 1602 Cape Cod discovered by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold 1672 1st copyright law enacted by Massachusetts 1702 War of Spanish Succession, 1st American conflict between England & France 1718 James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world’s 1st machine gun 1829 Joseph Smith ordained by John the Baptist according to Joseph Smith 1836 Francis Baily observes “Baily’s Beads” during annular solar eclipse 1862 Confederate cruiser The Alabama runs aground near London 1862 Department of Agriculture created 1862 General Benjamin F Butler issues “Woman’s Order” – women of New Orleans to be treated as whores as a result of their treatment of Union soldiers 1912 Ty Cobb rushes a heckler at a New York Highlander game & is suspended 1928 Mickey Mouse made his 1st appearance 1933 1st voice amplification system to be used in US Senate 1934 Department of Justice offers $25,000 reward for Dillinger, dead or alive 1940 1st successful helicopter flight in US: Vought-Sikorsky US-300 1940 Nylon stockings go on sale for 1st time (US) 1942 Gasoline 1st rationed in US (17 Eastern States) 1944 Eisenhower, Montgomery, Churchill & George VI discuss D-Day plan 1948 Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq & Saudi-Arabia troops attack Israel 1951 AT&T becomes 1st corporation to have one million stockholders 1957 18,000 people at Madison Square Garden-Billy Graham launched a crusade 1960 Taxes took 25% of earnings in US 1970 Beatles’ last LP, “Let It Be” is released in US 1970 Elizabeth Hoisington & Anna Mae Mays named 1st female US generals 1989 Maxwell House coffee runs ads during “Roe vs Wade” movie despite threat of boycott by right to lifers 1990 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,822.45 1991 President Bush takes Queen Elizabeth to Oakland A’s-Baltimore Oriole game]]]]> ]]>

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