On this Date in History..

On this Date in History..
1294 – Saint Celestine V abdicates the papacy after only five months; Celestine hoped to return to his previous life as an ascetic hermit
1577 – Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England to go around world
1636 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. This organization is recognized today as the United States National Guard
1759 – The 1st music store in America opens in Philadelphia
1843 – “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens is published and 6,000 copies are sold
1903 – The Wright Brothers make their infamous 2 minute flight at Kittyhawk
1922 – In Major League Baseball Charles Ebbet’s proposal putting numbers on players’ sleeves or caps is considered
1928 – The Clip-on tie is designed and later patented
1950 – James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial
1961 – The Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein
1961 – Jimmy Dean’s Big Bad John album is country music’s 1st million dollar seller
1964 – In El Paso, Tx, LBJ & Mexican Pres Gustavo Diaz Ordaz set off an explosion diverting Rio Grande, to reshape US-Mexico border
1969 – Folk singer Arlo Guthrie releases “Alice’s Restaurant”
1971 – John Sinclair, sentenced to 10 yrs for selling 2 marijuana joints, is freed
1975 – 1st time Saturday Night Live uses a time delay because ofRichard Pryor hosting the show
1981 – Polish government declares martial law, and arrests hundreds of Solidarity activists
1995 – US Federal Court votes that Cable companies must carry local stations
2003 – Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit (Operation Red Dawn)

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