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Today is the day that…

— in 1853, President Franklin Pierce signs the Gadsden Purchase, buying 29,670 square-miles from Mexico for $10 million (now southern Arizona and New Mexico)

— in 1901, The first exhibition by 19-year-old Pablo Picasso opens in Paris

— in 1916, Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million-dollar contract

— in 1922, the American Professional Football Association is renamed the National Football League, and the Chicago Staleys officially become the Chicago Bears

— in 1947, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is born in Redruth, Cornwall, England

— in 1957, The U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment in Roth v. United States

— in 1961, Tears for Fears vocalist and bassist Curt Smith is born in Bath, Somerset, England

— in 1964, the Federal Trade Commission rules that health warnings must appear on all cigarette packages

— in 1966, The final Beatles world tour begins in Munich, West Germany

— in 1978, Jackson Browne and Pete Seeger perform in Seabrook, New Hampshire, to protest a nuclear reactor planned for the site. It’s one of the first “no nukes” rallies where musicians get involved.

— in 1981, the twelfth James Bond film “For Your Eyes Only” premieres in London, starring Roger Moore as 007

— also in 1981, the final episode of “Charlie’s Angels” aired on ABC

— in 1982, the US Supreme Court rules the President can’t be sued for actions in office

— in 1983, the space shuttle Challenger, carrying America’s first woman in space, Sally K. Ride, coasted to a safe landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California

— in 1987, Jackie Gleason died at age 71

— in 1989, St. Louis Cardinals speedster Vince Coleman steals his record 39th & 40th consecutive bases

— in 1992, Billy Joel gets an honorary diploma from Hicksville High School. He didn’t graduate with his original class in 1967 because of a missed English credit.

— also in 1992, Mafia boss John Gotti begins a life sentence for murder and other crimes at the United States Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois

— in 1997, the Air Force released a report on the so-called “Roswell Incident,” suggesting the alien bodies witnesses reported seeing in 1947 were actually life-sized dummies

— in 2000, KISS auctions off $888,000 worth of costumes, instruments and tour memorabilia, including Gene Simmons’ Psycho Circus tourwear (including codpiece), which goes for $32,200.

— in 2006, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, and Orlando Bloom, premieres at Disneyland. It becomes the fastest film to gross over $1 billion.

— in 2008, a blogger who had thought it would be a good idea to leak some finished tracks from Guns N’ Roses’ long-delayed Chinese Democracy albums receives a cease-and-desist letter from the FBI

— in 2009, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford admitted to having an affair with a woman from Argentina. He would later resign over the affair.

— in 2013, the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Boston Bruins, 3-2 to clinch their 5th Stanley Cup championship, 4 games to 2

— and in 2018, women drive for the first time in Saudi Arabia after a ban is lifted

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