On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1542 – Princess Mary Stuart succeeds her father James V and becomes Queen Mary I of Scotland at 6 days old
1702 – The Forty-seven Ronin, under the command of Ōishi Kuranosuke, avenge the death of their master
1774 – Portsmouth, New Hampshire militiamen successfully attack the arsenal of Ft William & Mary
1798 – David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patents a nut & bolt machine
1819 – Alabama admitted to Union as 22nd state
1900 – Quantum Mechanics: Max Planck presents a theoretical derivation of his black-body radiation law
1927 – Iraq gains independence from Britain, but British troops still remain
1944 – Congress establishes the rank of General of Army (5-star General)
1947 – The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is founded in Daytona Beach, Florida
1962 – Mariner 2 makes 1st US  fly by of another planet (Venus)
1969 – The Jackson Five make their 1st appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show”
1977 – “Saturday Night Fever,”starring John Travolta, premieres in NYC
1977 – Egypt & Israel representatives gather in Cairo for 1st formal peace conference
1980 – At 2 PM EST there is 10 minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon
1986 – Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan & Jean Yeager, took off from Edwards AFB, California on 1st non-stop, non-refueled flight around world
1988 – NBA’s Miami Heat wins 1st game ever, 89-88 (Clippers), after 17 losses
2004 – The Millau viaduct, the highest bridge in the world, near Millau, France is officially opened

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