On this Day in History…

On this Day in History…
1497 – Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds Cape of Good Hope.
1542 – Spain delegates “New Laws” against slavery in America.
1574 – Discovery of the Juan Fernandez Islands off Chile.
1718 – Off the coast of North Carolina, British pirate Edward Teach (“Blackbeard”) is killed in battle with a boarding party led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard
1830 – Charles Grey, (2nd Earl Grey), became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
1842 – Mount St Helen’s in Washington, erupts
1910 – Arthur Knight patents steel shaft golf clubs
1927 – 1st snowmobile patent granted to Carl Eliason (Saner Wisconsin)
1930 – Elijah Muhammad forms Nation of Islam in Detroit
1934 – “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” 1st heard on the Eddie Cantor show
1954 – Humane Society is formed
1955 – RCA Victor’s best investment paying $25,000 to Sun Records & Sam Philips for rights to Elvis Presley, a truck driver from Tupelo Miss
1957 – Simon & Garfunkel appear on “American Bandstand” as “Tom & Jerry”
1963 – American President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas (Lee Harvey Oswald is captured and later charged)
1967 – BBC unofficially bans “I Am the Walrus” by Beatles
1967 – Silver hits record $2.17 an ounce in New York.
1974 – UN General Assembly recognizes Palestine right to sovereignty
1977 – First three nodes of the ARPAnet are connected, in what would eventually become the Internet
1985 – Largest swearing-in ceremony, 38,648 immigrants become US citizens
2005 – Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany

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