On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1586 – Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England, from Colombia
1621 – Galileo Galilei creates his first telescope from glass lenses
1678 – Edmund Halley receives MA from Queen’s College, Oxford
1775 – 1st official US flag raising (aboard naval vessel Alfred)
1847 – Frederick Douglass publishes 1st issue of his newspaper “North Star”
1854 – Eureka Stockade: In what is claimed by many to be the birth of Australian democracy, more than 20 gold miners at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia are killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences
1910 – Neon lights are 1st seen by the citizens of Paris at the Paris Auto Show
1947 – Tennessee Williams’ “Streetcar Named Desire,” premieres in NYC
1950 – Paul Harvey begins his national daily radio broadcast
1961 – The Beatles meet with their future manager Brian Epstein.
1962 – Edith Spurlock Sampson sworn-in as 1st US black female judge
1968 – The Pitcher’s mound in Major league baseball drops from 15″ to 10″ & strike zone reduced from knees to shoulders to top of knees to armpits, to help hitters
1969 – John Lennon is offered role of Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar (for obvious reasons, he turns it down)
1979 – Christie’s of London auctions off a thimble for a record $18,400
1979 – 11 people are trampled to death at a Cincinnati Who concert waiting in miserable weather for the gates to open and marks the end of general admission seating
1984 – Thousands of residents in Bhopal, India are killed from Union Carbide poisonous gas emissions
1999 – NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere

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