On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
66 – The fifth recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet takes place
1500 – Vicente Yáñez Pinzón becomes the first European to set foot on Brazil
1697 – Isaac Newton receives Jean Bernoulli’s 6 month time-limit problem, and solves the problem before going to bed that same night
1784 – Benjamin Franklin expresses unhappiness over the eagle as America’s symbol
1788 – Captain Arthur Phillip and British colonists hoist the English flag on Botany Bay, New South Wales, now celebrated as Australia Day
1808 – Rum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia
1838 – Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States
1863 – Massachusetts Governor receives permission from Secretary of War to raise a militia organization for men of African descent (54th Massachusetts Regiment)
1870 – Virginia rejoins the United States
1907 – 1st federal corrupt election practices law is passed
1926 – Television is first demonstrated by J L Baird in London
1939 – Filming begins on “Gone With the Wind”
1956 – Buddy Holly’s 1st formal recording session takes place
1961 – “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” by Elvis Presley goes to #1 on the charts
1962 – Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker’s “Twist” is impure & bans it from all Catholic schools
1972 – Stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160 meter fall without a parachute
1998 – Pres Clinton firmly states “I want to say one thing to the American people; I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”

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