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This Day in History – April 21, 2011




0753 -BC- Traditional date of the foundation of Rome 1789 John Adams sworn in as 1st US Vice President (9 days before Washington) 1828 Noah Webster publishes 1st American dictionary 1836 Battle of San Jacinto, in which Texas wins independence from México 1856 1st railroad bridge across Mississippi River, Rock Island IL-Davenport IA 1862 Congress establishes US Mint in Denver CO 1865 Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train leaves Washington 1878 New York installs 1st firehouse pole 1892 1st buffalo born in Golden Gate Park 1904 Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League) 1948 1st Polaroid camera is sold in US 1956 Elvis Presley’s 1st hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”, becomes #1 1959 Alf Dean (using a rod and reel) hooks a 2,664lb, 16′ 10″ great white shark (largest fish ever caught on a rod) 1963 Beatles meet Rolling Stones for 1st time 1976 Swine Flu vaccine, for non-epidemic, enters testing 1984 Centers for Disease Control says virus discovered in France causes AIDS 1986 Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone’s vault on TV & finds nothing 1990 National League umpire is arrested for stealing baseball cards 1992 Mobil Oil tug with 12,000 gallons of oil run aground in Arthur Kill 1995 Boston Celtics final game at Boston Gardens, New York Knicks win 98-92 1995 FBI arrests Timothy McVeigh & charge him with Oklahoma City bombing 1997 Ashes of Timothy Leary & Gene Roddenberry launched into orbit]]]]> ]]>

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