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In 1827 20,000 attend Ludwig von Beethoven's funeral in Vienna. In 1957 Lonnie Donegan ("Rock Island Line") begins his second U.S. tour at New York's Madison Square Garden. In 1959 Connie Francis performs on CBS-TV's "Ed Sullivan Show." In 1962 "Duke of Earl" by Gene Chandler is certified gold. In 1963 Jan & Dean sing "Linda" on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand." In 1966 The Ventures perform "Secret Agent Man" on "Where The Action Is." In 1969 "My Way" by Frank Sinatra enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1969 "Time Of The Season" by the Zombies peaks at #3 and "Traces" by the Classics IV peaks at #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1970 Ringo Starr appears on the "David Frost Show," singing "Sentimental Journey." In 1973 After their single "The Cover Of Rolling Stone" debuts, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show are pictured on the front of the magazine.

Today In History...

In 1638 Swedish Colonists settle in what is now Wilmington, Delaware. In 1792 Sweden's King Gustav III dies, nearly two days after he was mortally wounded during a masquerade party. In 1798 The Republic of Switzerland is formed. In 1812 The first White House wedding takes place as Lucy Payne Washington, sister-in-law of President James Madison, marries U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd. In 1848 Broken ice creates a dam that stops Niagara Falls. In 1867 The British Parliament passes the North America Act to create the Dominion of Canada, effective the following July. In 1871 Royal Hall is opened in London by Queen Victoria. In 1882 The Knights of Columbus is chartered in Connecticut. In 1886 Coca-Cola is created by John Pemberton in Atlanta, GA, as a hangover cure and a stomach ache/headache remedy. Cocaine was an ingredient of Coke until 1904 when Congress banned it. In 1920 Actress Mary Pickford and actor Douglas Fairbanks are married. In 1932 A vaudeville comedian makes his

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In 1790 John Tyler, 10th U.S. president (1841-1845) In 1819 Businessman, Edwin Drake (first productive oil well in America) In 1853 Inventor/electrician, Elihu Thomson (founded General Electric) In 1867 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Cy Young ("greatest pitcher in history") In 1875 Lou Henry Hoover, wife of U.S. president Herbert Hoover In 1878 Composer, Albert Von Tilzer (Take Me Out to the Ball Game) In 1888 Businessman, James E. Casey (founded United Parcel Service [UPS]) In 1889 Playwright/actor, Howard Lindsay In 1908 Actor, Arthur O'Connell (Mr. Peepers) [d: 5-18-81] In 1908 Actor/writer, Dennis O'Keefe (Dennis O'Keefe Show) [d: 8-31-68] In 1911 Actor, Philip Ahn (Master Kan-Kung Fu) [d: 2-28-78] In 1913 Actor/comedian Phil Foster (Frank-Laverne & Shirley) [d: 7-8-85] In 1916 U.S. senator Eugene McCarthy [d: 12-10-05] In 1918 Singer/actress, Pearl Bailey (Porgy & Bess) [d: 8-17-90] In 1918 Businessman, Sam Walton (founded Wal-Mart) [d: 4-5-92] In 1919 Actre

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In 1743 George Frederic Handel's oratorio "Messiah" is performed in London. In 1792 Joseph Haydn's Symphony Number 94 in G Major, also known as the "Surprise Symphony," is performed for the first time in London. In 1891 The first jazz concert is held at Carnegie Hall. In 1923 Frank Silver & Irving Cohn release "Yes, We Have No Bananas." In 1963 Dion ("Runaround Sue") marries Sue Butterfield. In 1963 "Surfin' USA" by the Beach Boys and "I Will Follow Him" by Little Peggy March both enter the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1963 "Our Day Will Come" by Ruby & The Romantics is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1964 "In His Own Write," John Lennon's first poetry book, is published in Britain. In 1965 Jr. Walker & the All Stars, Gene Pitney and the Moody Blues perform on TV's "Hullabaloo." In 1968 "Lady Madonna" by the Beatles, "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro and "

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In 1752 Pope Stephen II is elected to succeed Zacharias, however Stephen dies 2 days later. In 1775 In a speech to the Virginia Provincial Convention, Patrick Henry makes his famous plea for American independence from Britain when he says, "Give me liberty or give me death!" In 1806 Having reached the Pacific Coast, explorers Lewis and Clark begin their journey back east. In 1840 The first photo of the moon is taken. In 1914 A tornado kills 94 in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1918 During World War I, Germany initiates the use of a terrifying new weapon, a 25-foot cannon nicknamed "Big Bertha." In 1919 Benito Mussolini establishes his Fascist movement in Milan, Italy. In 1929 The first telephone is installed in the White House. In 1933 The German Reichstag adopts the Enabling Act, which effectively granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers. In 1942 The U.S. begins moving Japanese-Americans from their West Coast homes to detention centers. In 1944 Nicholas Alkemade falls 5,500 fe

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In 1699 Scientist/botanist, John Bartram ("Father of American Botany") In 1749 Mathematician, Pierre-Simon Laplace In 1823 Schuyler Colfax, 17th U.S. vice president (1869-73) In 1857 Actress/cookbook author, Fannie Farmer In 1874 Artist, Joseph Leyendecker (over 300 Saturday Evening Post covers) In 1876 Engraver, Sir Muirhead Bone In 1881 French novelist, Roger Martin du Gard (Nobel, 1937) In 1900 Author/philosopher, Erich Fromm (Escape From Freedom) [d: 3-18-80] In 1902 Actor, Philip Ober (General Stone-I Dream Of Jeannie) [d: 9-13-82] In 1908 Actress, Joan Crawford (Mildred Pierce) [d: 5-10-77] In 1912 German scientist, Werner Von Braun (rocket expert) [d: 6-16-77] In 1917 Bandleader, Johnny Guarnieri (Morey Amsterdam Show) [d: 1-7-85] In 1922 Comedian, Marty Allen (Allen and Rossi) [d: 2-12-18] In 1923 Football Hall-of-Famer, Arnie Weinmeister (Giants) [d: 7-3-00] In 1927 Baseball player, Johnny Logan (Milwaukee Braves) [d: 8-9-13] In 1927 Actress, Monique Van Vooren (Andy

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In 1939 "Penny Serenade" by Guy Lombardo is #1 on the charts. In 1950 "Music! Music! Music!" by Teresa Brewer is #1 on the charts. In 1957 Bill Haley and the Comets arrive back in the U.S. after a world tour during which they performed to over 500,000 fans. In 1962 Gary "U.S." Bonds appears on the "Ed Sullivan Show" and performs "Twist, Twist, Senora." In 1965 In London, Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman are arrested for "insulting behavior" after urinating on a gas station wall, whose owner refused to let them use the restroom. In 1966 Barbra Streisand appears on the cover of Life magazine. In 1967 John Lennon & Yoko Ono purchase two small islands called Dorinch (20 acres) in Clew Bay off County Mayo, Ireland, for 1550 pounds. In 1967 "Something Stupid" by Frank & Nancy Sinatra enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1967 "Penny Lane" by the Beatles is #1 on the U.S. top 40 ch

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In 1766 Britain repeals the Stamp Act. In 1850 The first stagecoach company, American Express, is formed by Henry Wells and William Fargo. The name is later changed to Wells Fargo. In 1881 Barnum & Bailey's "Greatest Show on Earth" opens at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In 1909 Einar Dessau of Denmark used a shortwave transmitter to converse with a government radio post in what's believed to be the first "ham" radio broadcast. In 1911 North Dakota enacts a hail insurance law. In 1922 Mohandas K. Gandhi is sentenced in India to six years imprisonment for civil disobedience. He is released 2 years later. In 1931 Schick markets the first electric razor. In 1937 400 people, mostly children, are killed in a gas explosion at a school in New London, Texas. In 1940 In a meeting with Adolph Hitler, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini agrees to join in Germany's war against France and Britain. In 1952 The first plastic lens for cataract patients are fi

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In 1782 John C. Calhoun, first U.S. vice president to resign from office In 1837 Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th U.S. president In 1844 Russian composer, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (Scheherazade) In 1858 Engineer, Rudolf Diesel (diesel oil-burning combustion engine) In 1869 British prime minister, Neville Chamberlain (1937-40) In 1886 Actor, Edward Horton (narrated Bullwinkle's Fractured Fairy Tales) In 1886 German gestalt psychologist, Kurt Koffka In 1893 English anti-war poet, Wilfred Owen (Anthem for Doomed Youth) In 1905 Actor, Robert Donat (Goodbye Mr. Chips) [d: 6-9-58] In 1908 Composer, Louis Gaste (How Much is Doggie in the Window) [d: 1-8-95] In 1911 Actor, Smiley Burnette (Charlie-Petticoat Junction) [d: 2-16-67] In 1915 Novelist, Richard Condon [d: 4-9-96] In 1921 Football Hall-of-Famer, Frank "Gunner" Gatski (Browns, Lions) [d: 11-22-05] In 1926 Actor, Peter Graves (Mr. Phelps-Mission Impossible, Airplane) [d: 3-14-10] In 1927 Composer, John Kander (Cabaret) (94)

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In 1945 The King Cole Trio, led by Nat King Cole, has the first #1 album on Billboard's magazine new top-selling albums chart. In 1946 Nat King Cole records "Route 66." In 1955 Fats Domino records "Ain't That A Shame." In 1956 The Frederick Loewe-Alan Jay Lerner musical "My Fair Lady" opens in New York City starring Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews. In 1956 Elvis Presley signs with Colonel Tom Parker to be his manager. In 1966 Frank Sinatra's "September Of My Years" wins the Best Album Grammy and Herb Alpert's "A Taste Of Honey" wins Best Record. Tom Jones is named Best New Artist. In 1968 WBCN/Boston becomes the first "Album" station. In 1968 Life magazine calls Jimi Hendrix "the most spectacular guitarist in the world." In 1969 John Lennon & Yoko Ono wait at the Thoresen Passenger Terminal, at Southampton, to board a ferry to France. However, they cannot board, because of passport problems. In 196

Today In History...

In 44 -BC- On the Ides of March, Julius Caesar is assassinated by a group of nobles, including Brutus and Cassius, in the Roman Senate. In 1493 Christopher Columbus returns to Spain, concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere. In 1820 Maine becomes the 23rd U.S. state. In 1875 The Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, John McCloskey, is named the first American cardinal, by Pope Pius IX. In 1892 New York introduces the voting machine, known as the Automatic Ballot Cabinet. In 1892 The first escalator is patented by inventor Jesse W. Reno. In 1906 Britten Rolls and Royce Johnson found Rolls Royce Ltd. In 1913 President Woodrow Wilson holds the first open presidential press conference. In 1913 The first small claims court is established in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1916 U.S. troops invade Mexico chasing General Pancho Villa. In 1919 The American Legion is founded in Paris, France. In 1937 The first blood bank is established in Chicago, Illinois. In 1937 The first state contraceptiv

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In 1767 Andrew Jackson, 7th U.S. president (1828-1836) In 1830 German writer, Paul von Heyse (Nobel 1910) In 1904 Actor, J. Pat O'Malley (Harry-My Favorite Martian) [d: 2-27-85] In 1905 Actor, Joe E. Ross (Gunther-Car 54 Where Are You) [d: 8-13-82] In 1907 Actor, Paul Maxey (Matt Brockway-Lassie) [d: 6-3-63] In 1907 Jazz trumpeter, Jimmy McPartland [d: 3-13-91] In 1912 Blues singer/guitarist, Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins [d: 1-30-82] In 1913 Actor, Macdonald Carey (Tom Horton-Days Of Our Lives) [d: 3-21-94] In 1916 Actor, Frank "Junior" Coghlan (Our Gang) [d: 9-7-09] In 1916 Swing-era bandleader/trumpeter, Harry James [d: 7-5-83] In 1919 Actor, Lawrence Tierney (Dillinger) [d: 2-26-02] In 1920 Writer, Lawrence Sanders (The Anderson Tapes) [d: 2-7-98] In 1926 Football Hall-of-Famer, Norm Van Brocklin (Rams) [d: 5-2-83] In 1927 Country singer/guitarist, Carl Smith (Grand Ole Opry) [d: 1-16-10] In 1931 Drummer, D.J. Fontana (Elvis Presley) [d: 6-13-18] In 1932 Astro

Music Calendar...

In 1943 "That Old Black Magic" by Freddie Slack enters the U.S. charts. In 1959 RCA ships a gold record to Elvis Presley for "I Need Your Love Tonight." Presley was serving in the Army in West Germany. In 1963 Manfred Mann, then the Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers featuring P.P. Jones, performs at London's Marquee for the first time. In 1967 The Beatles win three Grammy awards for "Michelle," "Eleanor Rigby," and the "Revolver" album. In 1967 "Don't You Care" by the Buckinghams enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1967 "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone" by the Supremes is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1968 Otis Redding is posthumously awarded a gold record for "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay." In 1969 The Jackson Five sign a recording contract with Motown Records. In 1970 The Fifth Dimension's "Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In" wins the Best Record Grammy. Blood, Sweat & Tears win Be

Today In History...

In 1702 The first London daily newspaper is published. In 1810 French Emperor Napoleon is married by proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria. In 1824 The Bureau Of Indian Affairs is created within the U.S. War Department. In 1847 John Chapman aka "Johnny Appleseed" dies in Allen County, IN. In 1861 The Confederate convention in Montgomery, AL, adopts a constitution. In 1865 During the Civil War, Union forces under General William T. Sherman occupy Fayetteville, North Carolina. In 1888 400 people die when the famed "Blizzard of '88" strikes the northeastern United States. In 1892 The first public game of basketball is played. In 1930 Former President William Taft is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. In 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs into law the Lend Lease Bill, providing war supplies to countries fighting the Axis. In 1942 General Douglas MacArthur leaves Corregidor in the Philippines for Australia during World War II. In a message before d

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In 1544 Renaissance poet, Torquato Tasso In 1731 Judge, Robert Treat Paine (signed Declaration of Independence) In 1811 Astronomer, Urbain Jean Joseph Leverrier (co-discovered Neptune) In 1885 Auto racer, Malcolm Campbell (first to travel 5 miles a minute) In 1890 Scientist, Vannevar Bush (constructed world's first analog computer) In 1898 Silent film actress, Dorothy Gish (Orphans of the Storm) In 1903 Bandleader, Lawrence Welk (Lawrence Welk Show) [d: 5-17-92] In 1916 British statesman, Sir Harold Wilson [d: 5-24-95] In 1919 Bandleader, Mercer Ellington (son of Duke Ellington) [d: 2-8-96] In 1923 Tennis player, A. Louise Althea Brough (4-time Wimbledon champ) [d: 2-3-14] In 1926 Civil rights leader, Ralph D. Abernathy [d: 4-17-90] In 1928 Director, Peter Roger Hunt (Dr. No) [d: 8-14-02] In 1928 Actor, Albert Salmi (Daniel Boone, 79 Park Avenue) [d: 4-23-90] In 1930 Auto racer, Troy Ruttman [d: 5-19-97] In 1931 Actress, Diane Brewster (Leave It To Beaver) [d: 11-12-91] In 1931 New

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In 1952 "Wheel of Fortune" by Kay Starr is #1 on the charts. In 1958 "Lollipop" by Chordettes enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1962 "Hey! Baby" by Bruce Channel hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks. In 1963 More than 25,000 attend Patsy Cline's funeral. In 1966 The Beach Boys begin recording "Wouldn't It Be Nice." In 1971 After the break-up of the Beatles, a London court appoints an independent receiver to handle the group's complex finances. In 1972 America's self-titled debut album, containing "A Horse With No Name," is certified gold. In 1973 "Frankenstein" by the Edgar Winter Group enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1978 James Brown plays the Grand Ole Opry. In 1979 "Love Is The Answer" by England Dan & John Ford Coley enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1979 "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks. In 1981 &

Today In History...

In 1496 Christopher Columbus concludes his second visit to the New World. In 1629 England's King Charles I dissolves Parliament. He did not call it back for eleven years. In 1785 Thomas Jefferson is appointed minister to France, succeeding Benjamin Franklin. In 1848 The Senate ratifies the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the war with Mexico. In 1849 Abraham Lincoln applies for a patent, the only U.S. president to do so. In 1864 Ulysses S. Grant becomes commander of the Union armies during the Civil War. In 1876 Alexander Graham Bell makes the first phone call in Boston, MA, to his assistant in the next room who heard "Mr. Watson, come here." In 1880 The Salvation Army arrives in the U.S. from England. In 1894 New York Governor Roswell P. Flower signs the nation's first dog licensing law. The license fee for a dog was $2.00, renewable each year for $1.00. In 1948 H.H. Hoover is the first civilian to exceed the speed of sound. In 1948 Czechoslovakia's anti-Commu

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In 1628 Italian physician, Marcello Malpighi (microscopic anatomy) In 1823 Social reformer, Harriet Tubman (Underground Slave Railroad) In 1845 Russian tsar, Alexander III (1881-94) In 1867 American sociologist, Lillian D. Wald (public school nurses) In 1872 Ballet producer, Sergey Diaghilev In 1884 Actor, Stuart Holmes (Prisoner of Zenda) In 1888 Actor, Barry Fitzgerald (Going My Way) In 1888 Businessman, Oscar G. Mayer (Oscar Mayer Company) In 1891 Actor, Sam Jaffe (Gunga Din, Dr. David Zorba-Ben Casey) In 1892 Composer, Arthur Honegger In 1910 Actor, David Bexley (Bubba-Sanford & Son) [d: 4-15-97] In 1911 Actor, Warner Anderson (Matthew-Peyton Place) [d: 8-26-76] In 1923 Jazz pianist, Don Abney [d: 1-20-00] In 1923 Singer, Kenneth C. "Jethro" Burns (Homer & Jethro) [d: 2-4-89] In 1928 Assassin, James Earl Ray (murdered Martin Luther King) [d: 4-23-98] In 1933 TV talk show host, Ralph Emery (Nashville Now) (88) In 1938 Singer/guitarist, Johnnie Allan (Promised Land)

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In 1930 "Happy Days Are Here Again" by Ben Selvin is #1 on the charts. In 1940 Cab Calloway and his orchestra record Dizzy Gillespie's composition "Pickin' the Cabbage" for the Vocalian label. In 1962 The Beatles, with Pete Best on drums, make their radio debut performing "Dream Baby" on the BBC show "Teenager's Turn." In 1964 The Dave Clark Five make their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." In 1967 "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" by the Monkees is certified gold. In 1968 Bill Graham's Fillmore East opens in New York. In 1969 "Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In" by the 5th Dimension and "Hawaii Five-O" by the Ventures both enter the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1969 The Beatles hold the top two positions on the U.S. albums chart with the so-called "White Album" and the "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack. In 1970 Diana Ross makes her solo performing debut in Farmington, MA. In

Today In History...

In 1702 England's Queen Anne ascends to the throne after the death of William III. In 1782 The Gnadenhytten massacre takes place as some 90 Indians who had converted to Christianity are slain by militiamen in Ohio in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians. In 1838 The U.S. mint in New Orleans begins operation by producing dimes. In 1854 U.S. Commodore Matthew C. Perry makes his second landing in Japan. Within a month he concludes a treaty with the Japanese. In 1862 The Confederate ironclad "Merrimack" is launched. In 1874 Millard Fillmore, the 13th U.S. president, dies in Buffalo, NY. In 1894 The state of New York enacts the nation's first dog-licensing law. In 1913 The Internal Revenue Service begins to collect income taxes. In 1917 The first of two Russian revolutions begins with rioting and strikes in St. Petersburg. In 1917 The U.S. Senate votes to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule. In 1930 William Howard Taft, the 27th U.S. president, die

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In 1714 Composer, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (son of Johann S. Bach) In 1783 Hannah Hoes Van Buren, wife of President Martin Van Buren In 1787 Surgeon, Karl Ferdinand von Grafe (modern plastic surgery) In 1804 Astronomer, Alvan Clark (used Yerkes 40-inch lens) In 1841 U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes (1902-32) In 1859 Author, Kenneth Grahame (The Wind in the Willows) In 1865 Designer/printer, Frederick William Goudy (designed typefaces) In 1879 Physicist, Otto Hahn (co-discovered of nuclear fission) In 1886 Chemist, Edward Kendall, isolated cortisone (Nobel, 1950) In 1891 Actor, Sam Jaffe (Gunga Din, Dr. Zorba-Ben Casey) In 1902 Actress, Louise Beavers (Gold diggers) [d: 10-26-62] In 1902 Inventor, Tom Blake (surf board) [d: 5-5-94] In 1902 Senator, Jennings Randolph (18-year-olds right to vote) [d: 5-7-98] In 1909 Actress, Claire Trevor (Murder My Sweet, Key Largo) [d: 4-8-00] In 1911 Composer, Alan Hovhaness [d: 6-21-00] In 1918 Actor, Alan Hale Jr. (Skipper-Gilligan&

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In 1955 Charlie "Bird" Parker makes his last public appearance at New York's Birdland, the club named after him. He died 8 days later. In 1961 Bobby Darin's greatest hits album "The Bobby Darin Story" is released on Atco Records. In 1966 John Lennon suggests in a London newspaper that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ, creating mass protests and destruction of Beatles records. In 1967 Steve Winwood announces he'll leave the Spencer Davis Group. In 1967 "Ruby Tuesday" by the Rolling Stones is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1968 An icy car crash sends Eddie Kendricks and Otis Williams of the Temptations to a Somerset, PA, hospital. In 1968 The Bee Gees appear on TV's "Rowan & Martin Laugh-In." In 1968 Sonny & Cher perform on "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson." In 1969 Simon & Garfunkel's album "Wednesday Morning, 3 am" goes gold. In 1970 Janis Joplin is fined $200 for on-stag

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In 1634 Samuel Cole opens the first tavern in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1681 England's King Charles II grants a charter to William Penn for an area of land that later becomes Pennsylvania. In 1789 The first Federal Congress, meeting in New York, declares the U.S. Constitution to be in effect. In 1791 Vermont becomes the 14th U.S. state. In 1793 The shortest inauguration speech (133 words) is given by George Washington, who is sworn in for his second term. In 1801 Thomas Jefferson is the first president inaugurated in Washington DC. In 1826 The first railroad in the U.S. is chartered as the Granite Railway in Quincy, MA. In 1829 An unruly crowd mobbed the White House during the inaugural reception for President Jackson. In 1837 The Illinois state legislature grants a city charter to Chicago. In 1841 The longest inauguration speech is given by William Henry Harrison (8443 words). In 1861 Abraham Lincoln is sworn in as president of the United States. In 1861 The Confederacy adopts the