On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
1498 – Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà
1641 – The West India Company conquerors Sao Paulo de Loanda, Angola
1791 – John Fitch is granted a US patent for his working steamboat
1839 – The ship Amistad is captured off Long Island
1843 – Charles Thurber patents his typewriter
1907 – Harry Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 seconds
1929 – The first US roller coaster is built
1938 – The Montreal Maroons are dropped from the NHL
1945 – Japanese diplomats board the USS Missouri to receive instructions on Japan’s surrender at the end of WW II
1952 – The Fluoridation of San Francisco water begins!!
1967 – The Beatles, Mick Jagger & Marienne Faithful meet the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
1981 – Voyager 2 takes photo’s of Saturn’s moon Titan
1996 – President Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing a major shift in US welfare policy
2002 – Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa
2003 – The Columbia Accident Investigation Board releases its final reports on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster

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