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541 Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his expedition discover the Mississippi River 1792 US establishes the military draft

1835 1st installment of Hans Christian Andersen “Fairy Tales” published by C. A. Reitzel in Copenhagen, Denmark

1840 Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process

1858 John Brown holds antislavery convention

1861 Richmond, Virginia, is named capital of the Confederacy

1877 1st Westminster Dog Show held

1878 David Edward Hughes’ paper on the idea for a microphone is read before the Royal Society of London by Thomas Henry Huxley

1899 Ernest Rutherford publishes his discovery of two different kinds of radiation (Alpha and Beta Particles)

1919 Edward George Honey first proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate The Armistice of World War I, leads to the creation of Remembrance Day

1933 Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India

1945 V-E Day: World War II ends in Europe after Germany signs an unconditional surrender

1958 US President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas

1962 Oskar Schindler and his wife Emilie Schindler are honored for saving 1200 Jews during WWII, in a ceremony on the Avenue of the Righteous, Jerusalem 1980 World Health Organization announces smallpox has been eradicated


1878 1st unassisted triple play in organized baseball, by Paul Hines

1984 The Soviet Union announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics in retaliation for the American boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics

1966 Last game at old Busch stadium, St Louis Card lose 10-5 to San Francisco

1966 Only HR ever hit out of Baltimore’s Memorial Park by Frank Robinson

1967 Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army

1973 Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs managerr Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball’s 1st African American manager

Movies & TV

1912 Film and television production and distribution studio Paramount Pictures is founded

1958 “Dracula” film starring Christopher Lee as the eponymous vampire, is the first Hammar Horror film released

1963 “Dr No” premieres in US

1994 500th commentary by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes


1926 Don Rickles, comedian (Don Rickles Show, CPO Sharkey), born in Queens, New York (d. 2017)

1964 Melissa Gilbert, American actress (Little House on the Prairie), born in Los Angeles.

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