On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1492 – 1st Spanish settlement in New World founded, by Columbus
1773 – Expulsion of British tea ships from Philadelphia
1805 – Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts is established, Philadelphia
1848 – William & Ellen Craft escape from slavery in Georgia
1862 – 1st US navy hospital ship enters service
1865 – James H Mason (Mass) patents 1st US coffee percolator
1871 – Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years
1917 – The Federal government takes over operation of American RR for the duration of WW I
1924 – Judy Garland, 2½, billed as Baby Frances, makes her show business debut
1944 – Tennessee Williams’ play “Glass Menagerie,” premieres in Chicago
1946 – Bugsy Seigel’s Flamingo Hotel officially opens in Las Vegas (start of an era)
1947 – Heavy snow blankets Northeast, buries NYC under 25.8″ of snow in 16 hours,  That same day, LA set a record high of 84°F
1954 – “The Shadow,” airs for last time on radio
1963 – The Beatles release “I Want To Hold Your Hand”/”I Saw Her Standing There”
1966 – Jimi Hendrix writes “Purple Haze” backstage at the Upper Cut Club
1968 – Led Zeppelin’s concert debut in Denver as opener for Vanilla Fudge
1978 – India’s former PM, Indira Gandhi, is released from jail
1982 – TIME magazine’s Man of the Year is a computer
2004 – A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people

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