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Today is the day that…

— in 1752, Britain and the British Empire (including the American colonies) adopt the Gregorian Calendar, losing eleven days; people riot thinking the government stole eleven days of their lives

— in 1777, The flag of the United States is flown in battle for the first time at Cooch’s Bridge, Delaware, a skirmish during The American Revolutionary War

— in 1783, The Treaty of Paris is officially signed in Paris; it ends the American Revolutionary War between Great Britain and the United States of America

— in 1813, Uncle Sam’s image was first used

— in 1833, the first daily newspaper in the US, The New York Sun begins publishing

— in 1838, Abolitionist Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery disguised as a sailor

— in 1895, the first professional football game was played

— in 1951, the TV soap opera “Search for Tomorrow” debuts on CBS

— in 1954, “The Lone Ranger” was heard on radio for the final time after 21 years and 2,956 episodes

— in 1967, “What’s My Line?” broadcast its final episode. The show aired over 17 years on CBS.

— in 1968, Ringo returns to The Beatles after quitting in frustration during the White Album sessions. He finds his drum kit covered in flowers.

— in 1970, Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi died at age 57

— also in 1970, Canned Heat frontman Alan Wilson commits suicide at the age of 27 after overdosing on barbiturates

— in 1982, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak throws the US Festival “for a few thousand friends” in hopes of uniting people through music and technology. A crowd of at least 200,000 enjoys a bill that includes Fleetwood Mac, performing for the first time in two years, The Police and the Grateful Dead.

— in 1990, White Sox closer Bobby Thigpen records his 47th save of the season, topping Dave Righetti’s MLB single-season record. Thigpen finishes the season with 57 saves.

— also in 1990, George Michael releases his second solo album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1. Looking to avoid the pitfalls that overwhelmed him after his debut Faith, Michael refuses to tour in support of the album and won’t appear in the music videos.

— in 1995, eBay was founded.

— in 2001, In just his 11th start, St. Louis Cardinals’ rookie pitcher Bud Smith no-hits the San Diego Padres, 4-0

— in 2004, Former President Bill Clinton was hospitalized in New York with chest pains and shortness of breath; he later underwent heart bypass surgery.

— in 2006, Andre Agassi retired after losing his third-round match at the U.S. Open.

— in 2007, billionaire adventurer Steve Fossett vanished after taking off in a single-engine plane in western Nevada. Extensive searches proved unsuccessful, and he was declared legally dead in February.

— in 2012, Green Mile actor Michael Clarke Duncan died two months after suffering a heart attack. He was just 54.

— in 2013, Microsoft purchases Nokia for $7.2 Billion

— also in 2013, Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro hangs himself in his jail cell, one month into a life sentence for kidnapping, imprisoning and sexually assaulting three girls in his home over a ten year period

— in 2015, Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is jailed for refusing to issue marriage licences to gay couples

— in 2017, Steely Dan co-founder and guitarist Walter Becker dies of esophageal cancer at the age of 67

— and in 2019, Walmart says it will stop selling handguns and some ammunition and ask customers not to openly carry firearms in response to the El Paso shootings

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