On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
455 – Roman military commander Avitus is proclaimed emperor of the Western Roman Empire
1401 – Mongol monarch Timur Lenk destroys Baghdad
1795 – James Swan pays off the $2,024,899 US national debt
1815 – The first natural gas well in America is discovered
1872 – The doughnut cutter is patented by John Blondel
1877 – The 1st Wimbledon tennis championship is held
1878 – An improved corncob pipe is patented by Henry Tibbe
1893 – Daniel Williams performs 1st successful open heart surgery without anesthesia
1948 – Satchel Paige, 42, debuts in majors pitching 2 scoreless innings for Cleveland
1955 – Bill Haley & Comets’ “Rock Around the Clock” tops billboards chart
1956 – Dick Clark’s makes his first appearance as host of American Bandstand
1976 – Uganda asks the UN to condemn the Israeli hostage rescue raid on Entebbe (doesn’t happen)
1987 – Col Oliver North admits to shredding Iran-Contra evidence
1992 – Kim Basinger receives the 1,959th star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame
1996 – The US Senate approves a 90 cent raise to $4.25 of the minimum wage
1994 – The 11,000th HR in NY Yankees history is hit by Matt Nokes
1999 – Days of student protests begin after Iranian police and hardliners attack a student dormitory at the University of Tehran
2011 – South Sudan gains independence and secedes from Sudan


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