On This Day (October 9th)

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On This Day (March 7th)

1960 Jack Paar The Tonight Show host returns to the show. He had walked out a month earlier after a water closet joke had been censored.

1953 Christine Jorgensen is selected “Woman of the Year” by the Scandinavian Societies of Greater New York. She was previously George Jorgensen before a sex-change operation.

1927 A Texas law prohibiting blacks from voting in primary elections is ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

1926 First radio conversation between New York and London.

1917 First jazz record The Original Dixieland Jazz Band releases Livery Stable Blues.  It sold a million copies.

1912 First non-stop flight from Paris to London French aviator Henri Seimet makes the journey in three hours.

1911 U.S. Secretary of the Interior Richard Ballinger, resigns after charges of favoritism in granting claims to Alaskan coal lands.

1894 First commercial motion picture production A Kinetoscope film by Edison Laboratories of strongman Eugene Sandow.

1876 Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for his telephone.

On This Day (January 30th)

1973 Watergate G. Gordan Liddy and James McCord are convicted of breaking into and wiretapping the Democratic Party headquarters.

1973 KISS The glitter-rock group gives their first public performance – at New York’s Coventry Club.

1972 Sunday Bloody Sunday Twenty-six unarmed protestors and bystanders are shot by the British Army in Northern Ireland during a civil rights march, 14 of whom died. The incident was the basis for the U2 song Sunday Bloody Sunday (1983).

1969 The Beatles The Fab Four give their last public performance – atop the roof of their Apple headquarters in London. The gig ended when an accountant from the nearby Royal Bank of Scotland called the police to stop the noise.

1968 Vietnam War – Tet Offensive North Vietnamese troops attack Saigon.

1964 First U.S. spacecraft to strike the moon Ranger 6 is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, striking the moon on February 2. Unfortunately, its camera equipment failed to operate.

1957 Ronald Reagan The future president guest hosts This Is Your Life.

1933 Adolf Hitler The Nazi leader takes office as Chancellor of Germany.

1933 The Lone Ranger First radio broadcast of the famous program.

1862 First Union ironclad warship The Monitor is launched in New York. It sank in a storm off the coast of North Carolina the following December.

1835 First assassination attempt on a U.S. president Richard Lawrence tries to shoot Pres. Andrew Jackson, but his gun misfires. He was found to be insane.

1798 First brawl on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives During an argument, Matthew Lyon (Vermont) spits in the face of Roger Griswold (Connecticut). The resulting resolution to expel Lyon failed.