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#275 Mar 21, 2013
1806 - Lewis and Clark began their trip home after investigating Mississippi basin and the Pacific Coast.

1961 - The Beatles made their debut in an appearance at Liverpool's The Cavern.

1963 - The Alcatraz federal prison island in San Francisco Bay was emptied of its last inmates at the order of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

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#276 Mar 25, 2013
1913 - The Palace Theatre, home of vaudeville, opened in New York City.

1937 - The first perfumed ad appeared in the Washington, D.C. "Daily News."

1954 - RCA manufactured its first color TV set and began mass production

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#277 Mar 26, 2013
1885 - The Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co. of Rochester, New York, manufactured the first commercial motion picture film.

1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk announced the success of his vaccine against poliomyelitis.

1982 - Groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington, D.C. for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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#278 Mar 27, 2013
1912: The first cherry blossom trees are planted in Washington, D.C. The trees were a gift from Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki.

1964: The Good Friday Earthquake, the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history at a magnitude of 9.2, strikes south-central Alaska, killing at least 143 people and inflicting massive damage to the city of Anchorage.

1973: At the 45th Academy Awards, Marlon Brando boycotts the Oscars in protest of the treatment of Native Americans by the film industry, sending Sacheen Littlefeather to explain why he was not showing up to accept his Best Actor award for "The Godfather."

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#279 Mar 28, 2013
1797 - Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patented a washing machine.

1881 - P.T. Barnum and James Bailey merged their circuses to form the "Greatest Show on Earth."

1979 - America's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred as the Unit-2 reactor suffered a meltdown in its core at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania.
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#280 Mar 31, 2013
Happy Easter Charles R Darwin.
I enjoy reading here.

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#281 Apr 1, 2013
Marley wrote:
Happy Easter Charles R Darwin.
I enjoy reading here.
Thank you! Happy Easter to you as well.

1621 - Leaders of the Plymouth colonists, acting on behalf of King James I, made a defensive alliance with Massasoit, chief of the Wampanoags.

1778 - Oliver Pollock created the dollar sign.

1929 - The yo-yo was introduced by Louie Marx.

1970 - President Richard Nixon signed a measure banning cigarette advertising on radio and television.

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#282 Apr 1, 2013
...Great Thread....Thanks, Charles..............

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#283 Apr 5, 2013
1614 - Native American princess Pocahontas, daughter of the chief of the Powhatan Indian confederacy, married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia.


1621 - The Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, Massachusetts, on a return trip to England.

1955 - Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill retired as Prime Minister of Great Britain.

1987 - Fox Broadcasting Co. made its prime-time TV debut.

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#284 Apr 8, 2013
1730 - The first synagogue in New York was consecrated.

1873 - Oleomargarine was patented.

1971 - Chicago became the first rock group to play Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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#285 Apr 9, 2013
1865 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, ending the Civil War.

1959 - NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton.

1970 - Paul McCartney announced the official breakup of the Beatles.

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#286 Apr 10, 2013
1790 - The U.S. patent system was established.

1866 - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was incorporated.

1912 - The RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage.

2003 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill creating a national Amber Alert system and strengthening child pornography laws.

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#287 Apr 11, 2013
1890: Joseph Merrick, aka "The Elephant Man," dies of asphyxia, caused by the weight of his head as he lay down, at the age of 27 in London, England.

1921 - Iowa became the first state to impose a cigarette tax.

1945 - Allied troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald north of Weiner, Germany.

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1970 - Apollo 13 launched to the moon.

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#289 Apr 12, 2013
1606 - Great Britain adopted the Union Jack as its flag.

1861 - The American Civil War began as Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.

1955 - The polio vaccine of Dr. Jonas Salk was termed "safe, effective and potent."

1981 - The space shuttle Columbia was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, becoming the first reusable manned spacecraft to travel into space.

1992 - Euro Disneyland opened in Marne-La-Vallee, France.

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#290 Apr 16, 2013
1862 - President Abraham Lincoln signed an act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia.

1943 - The hallucinogenic effects of LSD were discovered accidentally by Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman.

1962 - Walter Cronkite succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman of "The CBS Evening News."

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#291 Apr 17, 2013
1194 - Richard the Lionhearted returned to England and was crowned for the second time after his epic journey and victory in the Third Crusade.

1629 - Horses were first imported into the colonies by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

1964 - Ford Motor Company unveiled the Mustang.

1970 - The astronauts of Apollo 13 splashed down safely in the Pacific, after four days in a crippled spacecraft.

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#292 Apr 18, 2013
1521 - Martin Luther, the chief catalyst of Protestantism, defied the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V by refusing to recant his writings.

1775 - Paul Revere and William Dawes began the famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Massachusetts, warning American colonists that the British were coming.

2003 - Scott Peterson was arrested in La Jolla, California in connection with the death of his wife, Laci, and unborn son, Conner.

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#293 Apr 19, 2013
1775 - The American Revolutionary War began with the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Troops under the command of Brigadier General Hugh Percy, played "Yankee Doodle" as they marched from Boston to reinforce British soldiers already fighting the Americans.

1861 - The first blood was shed in the Civil War when a secessionist mob in Baltimore attacked Massachusetts troops bound for Washington, D.C.

1993 - The 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended. A fire destroyed the structure after federal agents moved in; dozens of people including the leader, David Koresh, were killed.

1995 - A truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds. Timothy McVeigh was later convicted and executed for the crime. His co-conspirator, Terry Nichols, was sentenced to life in prison.

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#294 Apr 22, 2013
1838 - The first steamship to cross the Atlantic, the British ship Sirius, arrived at New York; it made the crossing in 18 days.

1864 - Congress authorized the use of the phrase "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins.

1970 - The first Earth Day was observed.

1976 - Barbara Walters became the first female nightly news anchor on network television.

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