On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
781 – The oldest recorded eruption of Mt. Fuji occurs (Traditional Japanese date: July 6, 781)
1498 – Christopher Columbus discovers the island of Trinidad
1703 – Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet; but is pelted with flowers
1790 – The first US patent is granted to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process
1849 – Benjamin Chambers patents the breech-loading cannon
1893 – Henry Perky patents shredded wheat
1922 – 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides the world’s 1st water skis (Minn)
1932 – Cleveland Municipal Stadium opens-Philadelphia A’s beat the Indians 1-0
1938 – Archaeologists discover engraved gold and silver plates from King Darius in Persepolis
1954 – First ascent of K2, by an Italian expedition, led by Ardito Desio
1961 – Israel welcomes its 1,000,000th immigrant
1965 – Cigarette Ads are banned on British television
1970 – Black Tot Day: The last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy
1988 – Willie Stargell becomes the 200th man inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame
1991 – The US Senate votes to allow women to fly combat aircraft missions
2007 – Operation Banner: the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end

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