On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
27 BC – The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate
1412 – The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy
1493 – Christopher Columbus returns to Spain from his first trip to the New World
1547 – Ivan IV the Terrible (17) crowns himself the first tsar of Moscow
1581 – English parliament passes laws against Catholicism
1868 – The Refrigerator car is patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit, Michigan
1879 – January record 13″ of snow falls in NYC (broken Jan 7, 1996)
1909 – British explorer Ernest Shackleton finds magnetic south pole
1920 – 18th Amendment, prohibition, goes into effect; repealed in 1933
1936 – The first photo finish camera is installed at Hialeah Race track in Hialeah Florida
1938 – The first jazz concert is held at Carnegie Hall (Benny Goodman)
1951 – World’s largest gas pipeline opens (from Brownsville Texas, to 134th St, New York City)
1957 – The Cavern Club opens on Matthews Street in Liverpool, England, home of The Beatles’ first appearance
1965 – “Outer Limits” airsits last show on ABC-TV
1974 – “Jaws” by Peter Benchley is published
1976 – Peter Frampton releases platinum live album “Frampton Comes Alive”
1979 – Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi of Iran flees Iran for Egypt
1985 – “Playboy” announces the end of stapling centerfolds
2006 – Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia’s new president. She becomes Africa’s first female elected head of state

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