On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1489 – The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sells her kingdom to Venice
1629 – England is granted a royal charter to Massachusetts Bay Colony
1644 – England grants patent for Providence Plantations (now Rhode Island)
1794 – Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin (couldn’t be upheld in court until 1807)
1812 – Congress authorizes war bonds to finance War of 1812
1870 – California legislature approves act making Golden Gate Park possible
1923 – Pres Warren G Harding becomes the first president to pay taxes
1937 – Battle of the Century: Fred Allen & Jack Benny meet on radio
1954 – Braves Henry Aaron homers in his 1st exhibition game
1956 – Satchel Paige signs with the Birmingham Black Barons (Negro League)
1964 – A Dallas jury sentences Jack Ruby to death in the Lee Harvey Oswald murder
1968 – CBS TV suspends Radio Free Europe free advertising because RFE doesn’t make it clear it is sponsored by the CIA
1971 – The Rolling Stones leave England for France to escape taxes
1983 – OPEC cut oil prices for the first time in 23 years
1994 – Timeline of Linux development: Linux kernel version 1.0.0 is released
2003 – The beginning of a weekend of protests against the war in Iraq is attended by millions

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