On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
303 – Emperor Diocletian orders general persecution of Christians
1574 – France begins its 5th holy war against Huguenots
1792 – Humane Society of Massachusetts is incorporated (erected life-saving stations for distressed mariners)
1822 – Boston, Massachusetts is incorporated as a city
1861 – By popular referendum, Texas becomes the 7th state to secede from the US
1861 – President-elect Lincoln arrives secretly in Washington DC to take office
1896 – The Tootsie Roll is introduced by Leo Hirshfield
1903 – Cuban state of Guantanamo is leased to USA
1904 – The United States acquires control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million
1927 – Pres Calvin Coolidge creates Federal Radio Commission (today’s FCC)
1940 – Walt Disney’s animated movie “Pinocchio,” is released
1954 – 1st mass inoculation takes place with the Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)
1960 – Demolition begins on Brooklyn’s Ebbet’s Field
1968 – Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBA player to score 25,000 points
1973 – Gold goes up $10 overnight to a record $95 an ounce in London
1975 – In response to the energy crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly two months early in the United States
1983 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri
1997 – NBC TV shows “Schindler’s List,” completely uncensored, as 65 million watch
2006 – Dubai Ports World agrees to postpone its plans to take over management of six U.S. ports after the proposal ignited harsh bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill
2010 – Unknown criminals pour more than 2.5 million liters of diesel oil and other hydrocarbons into the river Lambro, in Northern Italy, causing an environmental disaster

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