On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
795 – St Leo III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1792 – The final trial of Louis XVI of France begins in Paris
1799 – George Washington is eulogized by Col Henry Lee as “1st in war, 1st in peace & 1st in hearts of his countrymen”
1805 – The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts is established in Philadelphia
1848 – William & Ellen Craft escape from slavery in Georgia (She poses as a white male planter and he as her personal servant)
1854 – Wood-pulp paper is first exhibited in Buffalo, New York
1865 – James H Mason (Mass) patents the first US coffee percolator!!
1924 – Judy Garland, 2½, billed as Baby Frances, makes her show business debut
1944 – Tennessee Williams’ play “Glass Menagerie,” premieres in Chicago, Illinois
1947 – Heavy snow blankets the Northeast, burying NYC under 25.8″ of snow in 16 hrs. That same day, LA set a record high of 84°F
1966 – Maulana Karenga establishes Kwanzaa (1st fruits of harvest) holiday
1968 – Led Zeppelin’s has its concert debut in Denver as the opener for Vanilla Fudge
1982 – TIME magazine’s Man of the Year turns out to be a computer
2004 – A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean
2012 – China opens the world’s longest high speed rail route from Beijing to Guangzhou

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