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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Today In History...

In 1768 The first mustard manufactured in America is advertised in Philadelphia.

In 1804 New Jersey becomes the last northern state to abolish slavery.

In 1842 A private mail service introduces the first adhesive postage stamps are introduced in New York City.

In 1862 The first ironclad U.S. Navy ship, "Monitor," is completed.

In 1879 President Hayes signs into law a bill to allow female attorneys to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1898 The U.S. battleship Maine blows up and sinks at Havana harbor in Cuba, killing 260 and touching off the Spanish-American War.

In 1925 A copy of the Gutenberg Bible sells for $106,000.

In 1933 President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escapes an attempt on his life in Miami when shots fired by an assailant miss. However, Chicago mayor Anton J. Cermak is killed.

In 1936 North Dakota's all-time low temperature is recorded at minus 60.

In 1942 The British colony Singapore surrenders to the Japanese during World War II.

In 1944 Allied forces heavily bomb the monastery atop Monte Cassino in Italy to deny the Germans a vantage point.

In 1946 U.S. Steel strike ends after an 18.5 cent hourly pay raise.

In 1950 Walt Disney's animated feature "Cinderella" opens in movie theaters.

In 1960 A Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 crashes, killing all aboard (including the entire U.S. figure-skating team) and a farmer in his field.

In 1965 Canada unveils a new flag with a maple leaf design in Ottawa.

In 1971 The British redefine the pound from 240 to 100 pence.

In 1974 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn freed by Soviets arrives in Switzerland.

In 1978 Leon Spinks takes away Muhammad Ali's heavyweight boxing crown.

In 1982 84 men are killed when a huge oil-drilling rig, the "Ocean Ranger," sinks off the coast of Newfoundland during a fierce storm.

In 1985 Pope John Paul II meets with leaders of the American Jewish Committee and issued a statement condemning anti-Semitism as "incompatible with Christ's teaching."

In 1987 The television mini-series "Amerika" premieres on ABC-TV.

In 1988 Austrian President Kurt Waldheim vows not to "retreat in the face of slanders" concerning his service for the German Army during WWII.

In 1989 The Soviet Union announces the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention.

In 1990 President Bush and the leaders of Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru meet in Cartagena, Colombia, for a drug-fighting summit.

In 1990 President Bush and the leaders of Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru meet in Cartagena, Columbia, for a drug-fighting summit.

In 1992 A Milwaukee jury finds that Jeffrey Dahmer was sane when he killed and mutilated 15 men and boys.

In 1992 Benjamin L. Hooks announces plans to retire as executive director of the NAACP.

In 1993 President Clinton issues an economic "call to arms," asking Americans to accept a package of tax increases and spending cuts.

In 1994 Navy chief Admiral Frank Kelso II agrees to early retirement because of criticism over the Tailhook sex-abuse scandal.

In 1994 Viacom wins its battle to acquire Paramount Communications.

In 1994 Drifter Danny Harold Rolling enters a surprise guilty plea to the 1990 murders of five college students in Gainesville, Florida.

In 1994 American Diann Roffe-Steinrotter win the women's super-giant slalom at the Winter Olympics in Norway.

In 1995 A fire roars through a three-story nightclub in Taichung, Taiwan, killing at least 67 people.

In 1995 The FBI arrests Kevin Mitnick, its "most wanted hacker," for cracking security in some of the nation's most protected computers.

In 1997 North Korean defector Lee Han-young is shot and killed in South Korea, three days after another North Korean defected in Beijing.

In 1997 Tara Lipinski upset Michelle Kwan at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Nashville becoming the youngest gold medalist at the nationals.

In 1998 Two Japanese ski jumpers, Kazuyoshi Funaki and Masahiko Harada, win the gold and bronze medals in the 120-meter event at the Nagano Olympics.

In 1999 The body of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African gunned down by New York City police, is returned to his native Guinea.

In 2003 Millions of protesters around the world demonstrate against a possible U.S. attack on Iraq.

In 2004 Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the Daytona 500 on the same track where his father was killed three years earlier.

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