On this Day in History..

On this date in History..

1612 First observation of Neptune – Galileo observes and records a “fixed star” without realising it is a planet

1860 Harriet Tubman arrives in Auburn NY, on her last mission to free slaves, evading capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad

1869 William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patents chewing gum

1902 – A Trans-Pacific cable links Hawaii to the United States

1912 – The first municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California

1935 The first WPA Federal Art Project Gallery opens in NYC

1945 Congress officially recognizes the “Pledge of Allegiance”

1958 The Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hit #1 on the music charts

1968 – The Beatles’ “White Album” goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks

1973 President Nixon signs the Endangered Species Act into law

1983 – The US says they will leave UNESCO on Dec 31, 1984

2001 OPEC oil ministers meeting in Cairo agree to reduce their crude oil output quotas by a combined 1.5 million barrels per day

2008 The Detroit Lions finished the season 0-16 with a 31-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers. The first time in NFL history that a team goes winless in a 16-game season






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