On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
837 – The 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet takes place
1563 – William Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral
1813 – The first federal vaccination legislation is enacted
1827 – 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans begins
1872 – Charlotte Ray, America’s first Black woman lawyer, graduates from Howard University
1879 – Constantine Fahlberg discovers saccharin (artificial sweetener)
1883 – Oscar Hammerstein patents his cigar-rolling machine
1901 – National League Rules Committee decrees that all fouls are to count as strikes except after two strikes
1908 – The Sacrifice fly is adopted in Major League Baseball (repealed in 1931, reinstated 1954)
1919 – The American Association for Hard of Hearing forms in NYC
1927 – For the 2nd Sunday in a row, golfers in SC are arrested for violating Sabbath
1942 – J S Hey discovers radio emissions coming from our Sun
1951 – The 22nd amendment is ratified, limiting president to 2 terms
1964 – The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over
1970 – The NY Times falsely reports that the US army has ended domestic surveillance
1973 – Members of the American Indian Movement begin their occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota
1974 – “People” magazine begins publication
1981 – Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder record “Ebony & Ivory”
1990 – Exxon Corp & Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts for the Valdez oil spill
2003 – Fred Rogers, host of TV’s “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”, dies at age 74
2012 – Wikileaks begins disclosing 5 million emails from a private intelligence company

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