On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1494 – Jamaica is discovered by Columbus; and he names it “St Iago”
1661 – Johannes Hevelius observes 3rd transit of Mercury ever to be seen
1802 – Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city
1867 – The Hudson’s Bay Company gives up all claims to Vancouver Island
1921 – West Virginia imposes 1st state sales tax
1936 – NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut, and gets 3 hits
1937 – Margaret Mitchell wins the Pulitzer Prize for “Gone With the Wind”
1945 – The Allies arrests German nuclear physics Werner Heisenberg
1952 – 1st landing by an airplane takes place at geographic North Pole
1971 – The Nixon administration arrests 13,000 anti-war protesters in 3 days
1971 – All Things Considered premieres on 112 National Public Radio stations
1973 – Chicago’s Sears Tower, world’s tallest building (443 m), is topped out
1978 – The first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail (which would later become known as “spam”) is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States
1997 – Garry Kasparov begins chess match with IBM supercomputer Deep Blue
2001 – The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947

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