On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1616 – The Spanish Inquisition delivers its injunction to Galileo
1732 – 1st mass is celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, St Joseph’s, Philadelphia
1797 – The Bank of England issues its 1st £1-note
1863 – President Lincoln signs the National Currency Act
1885 – The Congress of Berlin decides it can give The Congo to Belgium & Nigeria to England
1893 – 2 Clydesdale horses set a record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, Michigan
1895 – Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio patents a glass-blowing machine
1907 – Royal Oil & Shell merge to form British Petroleum (BP)
1907 – US Congress raises their own salaries to $7500
1930 – The first red & green traffic lights are installed in Manhattan NYC (no yellow)
1933 – A ground-breaking ceremony is held at Crissy Field for the Golden Gate Bridge
1936 – Adolph Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche’s “Volkswagen”
1954 – Michigan representative Ruth Thompson (R) introduces legislation to ban mailing “obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy” phonograph (rock & roll) records
1971 – Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day
1974 – Gold hits a record $188 an ounce in Paris
1983 – Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 37 weeks
1993 – A bomb is detonated in the parking garage of the 2nd tallest building in the world, NYC’s World Trade Center, 7 die
2001 – The “Taliban” destroy two giant Buddha statues in Bamyan, Afghanistan
2012 – The film “The Artist” wins five Academy Awards and becomes the first silent film to win since 1927

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