On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
41 – After a night of negotiation, Claudius is accepted as Emperor by the Roman Senate
1775 – Americans drag their cannon up a hill to fight British forces (Gun Hill Road, Bronx)
1799 – The first US patent is granted for a seeding machine, Eliakim Spooner, Vermont
1870 – The Soda fountain is patented by Gustavus Dows
1881 – Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company
1890 – Nellie Bly beats Phileas Fogg’s time around world by 8 days (72 days)
1905 – The Largest diamond, Cullinan (3106 carets), is discovered in South Africa
1910 – Children initiate an idea of planting trees in Jerusalem
1945 – Grand Rapids, Michigan becomes the first US city to fluoridate its water
1955 – Columbia U scientists develop an atomic clock accurate to within one second in 300 years
1961 – 1st live, nationally televised presidential news conference (JFK)
1961 – Walt Disney’s “101 Dalmations” is released
1974 – Ray Kroc, CEO (McDonald’s), purchases the SD Padres for $12 million
1980 – Paul McCartney is released from a Tokyo jail & deported
1981 – The 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrive back in US
1990 – Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is transferred to a Miami jail
1991 – Manuel Noriega is given access to assets frozen by US government
1992 – Hubble space telescope optics finds NGC3862/3C264
1993 – Puerto Rico adds English as its 2nd official language
2002 – Wikipedia switches to the new version of its software (“Phase II”) aka Magnus Manske Day
2004 – Opportunity rover (MER-B) lands on the surface of Mars

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