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This Day in History – September 1, 2011




69 Traditional date of the destruction of Jerusalem 1267 Ramban (Nachmanides) arrives in Jerusalem to establish Jew community 1661 1st Yacht race, England’s King Charles vs his brother James 1666 Great London Fire begins in Pudding Lane. 80% of London is destroyed 1799 Bank of Manhattan Company opens in NYC (forerunner to Chase Manhattan) 1807 Aaron Burr acquitted of charges of plotting to set up an empire 1849 California Constitutional Convention held in Monterey 1858 1st transatlantic cable fails after less than 1 month 1859 1st pullman sleeping car in service 1859 RC Carrington & R Hodgson make 1st observation of solar flare 1865 Joseph Lister performs 1st antiseptic surgery 1878 1st female telephone operator starts work (Emma Nutt in Boston) 1890 1st baseball tripleheader-Boston vs Pittsburgh 1918 Baseball season ends due to WW I 1922 NYC law requires all “pool” rooms to change name to “billards” 1923 Earthquake strikes Tokyo & Yokohama, kills 106,000 1939 Physical Review publishes 1st paper to deal with “black holes” 1939 WW II starts, Germany invades Poland, takes Danzig 1941 Yellow star becomes obligatory for Jews in the Reich to wear 1948 UN’s World Health Organization forms 1962 UN announces Earth population has hit 3 billion 1972 Bobby Fischer (US) defeats Boris Spassky (USSR) for world chess title 1973 George Foreman KOs Jose Roman in the 1st to retain heavyweight title 1975 Gunsmoke goes off the air 1977 1st TRS-80 Model I computer sold 1979 LA Court orders Clayton Moore to stop wearing Lone Ranger mask 1979 Pioneer 11 makes 1st fly-by of Saturn, discovers new moon, rings 1982 Max speedometer reading mandated at 85 MPH 1982 The United States Air Force Space Command is founded. 1983 Cold War: Korean Air Flight 007 is shot down by a Soviet Union jet fighter when the commercial aircraft enters Soviet airspace. All 269 on board die, including Congressman Lawrence McDonald. 1985 US-French expedition locates wreckage of Titanic off Newfoundland]]]]> ]]>

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