On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1519 – Hernán Cortés lands in Mexico (conqueror of the Aztecs’)
1639 – Cambridge College is renamed Harvard for clergyman John Harvard
1852 – An Uncle Sam cartoon figure makes its debut in the NY Lantern weekly
1865 – Jefferson Davis signs bill authorizing the use of slaves as soldiers
1887 – Chester Greenwood of Maine patents earmuffs
1894 – J L Johnstone of England invents horse racing starting gate
1900 – In France, the length of the workday for women and children is limited to 11 hours by law
1913 – The Kansas legislature approved censorship of motion pictures
1925 – The state Tennessee makes it unlawful to teach evolution
1935 – Driving tests are introduced in Great Britain
1930 – Clyde Tombaugh announces the discovery of Pluto at Lowell Observatory
1943 – Major League Baseball approves their official ball (with cork & balata)
1950 – General Motors reports a net earnings of $656,434,232
1951 – Israel demands 6.2 billion compensation from Germany
1965 – Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton of the Yardbirds
1968 – The Beatles release “Lady Madonna” in the UK
1979 – The European Monetary System is established, ECU is created
1991 – Exxon pays $1-billion dollars in fines & cleanup of Valdez oil spill
1992 – The FCC rules corporations can own 30 AM & 30 FM stations (formerly 12)
1997 – The Phoenix lights are seen over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television. They are now a hotly debated controversy
2008 – Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000.00 an ounce for the first time

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