On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1431 – Joan of Arc is handed over to the bishop
1496 – Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine
1749 – Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont
1823 – Stephen F. Austin receives a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico
1825 – Scottish factory owner Robert Owen buys 30,000 acres in Indiana as site for New Harmony Utopian community
1831 – 1st US building & loan association is organized, Frankford, Pennsylvania
1834 – The government of Mexico imprisons Stephen F. Austin in Mexico City
1888 – 1st wax drinking straw is patented by Marvin C Stone in Washington DC
1899 – The first known use of the word automobile, is seen in an editorial in The New York Times
1920 – NY Yankees purchase Babe Ruth from the Red Sox for $125,000
1924 – British Egyptologist Howard Carter finds sarcophagus of Tutankhamen
1938 – Franklin Delano Roosevelt establishes The March of Dimes to fight polio
1952 – “Dragnet” with Jack Webb premieres on NBC TV
1958 – Sir Edmund Hillary reaches the South Pole overland
1967 – Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys is indicted for draft evasion
1969 – John Lennon’s “2 Virgins” album is declared pornographic in NJ
1974 – Gold hits record $121.25 an ounce in London
1977 – Apple Computer is incorporated
1987 – The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first female artist (Aretha Franklin)
1993 – Junk bond king Michael Milkin is released from jail after 22 months
1997 – The People’s Republic of China announces it will spend $27.7 billion USD to fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow river valleys
1999 – Israel detains, and later expels, 14 members of Concerned Christians

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