On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
81 – Domitian becomes Emperor of the Roman Empire upon the death of his brother Titus
1682 – Bishop Gore School, one of the oldest schools in Wales, is founded
1752 – Britain (and American colonies) adopt the Gregorian calendar
1814 – Francis Scott Key becomes inspired to write “Star-Spangled Banner”
1848 – Alexander Stewart opens the first department store in the US
1868 – Golf’s 1st recorded hole-in-one is hit (Tom Morris at Prestwick’s 8th hole)
1899 – Henry Bliss becomes the first automobile fatality in the US (NY)
1940 – US Congress passes its first peace-time conscription bill (draft law)
1948 – The groundbreaking ceremony for UN world headquarters takes place
1953 – The Yankees clinch their 5th straight pennant with 8-5 win over Indians
1956 – 1st prefrontal lobotomy is performed in Washington DC
1960 – Chubby Checker’s “Twist” hits #1
1960 – Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi-Arabia & Venezuela form OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries)
1964 – Walt Disney awarded Medal of Freedom at White House
1979 – Theodore Coombs completes his 5,193 mile roller skate from LA to NYC
1982 – Trevor Baxter sets skateboard high jump record of 5′ 5.7″
2003 – In a referendum Sweden rejects adopting the Euro
2007 – Restrictions on the traditional Latin Mass are officially removed in the Roman Catholic Church as Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio Summorum Pontificum takes effect

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