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This Day in History – May 4, 2011




1494 Christopher Columbus lands in Jamaica 1626 Indians sell Manhattan Island for $24 in cloth & buttons 1715 French manufacturer debuts 1st folding umbrella (Paris France) 1776 Rhode Island declares independence from England 1780 American Academy of Arts & Science founded 1846 US state of Michigan ends death penalty 1878 Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House 1883 John Gordon Cashman begins “Vicksburg Evening Post” (Mississippi) 1932 Al Capone, convict of income tax evasion, enters Atlanta Penitentiary 1942 Food 1st rationed in US 1957 Alan Freed hosts “Rock n’ Roll Show” 1st prime-time network rock show 1957 Anne Frank Foundation forms in Amsterdam 1961 13 Freedom riders began bus trip through South 1964 “Another World” & “As the World Turns” premiere on TV 1973 1st TV network female nudity-Steambath (PBS)- Valerie Perrine 1979 1st woman prime minister of Great Britain (Margaret Thatcher) 1984 Dave Kingman’s fly ball never comes down (stuck in Metrodome ceiling) 1990 Angela Bowie reveals that ex husband David slept with Mick Jagger 1991 President Bush is hospitalized for erratic heartbeat]]]]> ]]>

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