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WAY BACK WHEN for Friday, June 24, 2022 1922 The APFC or American Professional Football Conference became the National Football League NFL. 1948 President Harry S. Truman signed the act providing for the registration of men between

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WAY BACK WHEN for Thursday, June 23, 2022 1846 Adolphe Sax patented his ‘saxophone.’ 1860 The U.S. Secret Service was established by Congress. That same year, the government printing office was opened. 1868, Wisconsin journalist and Senator

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WAY BACK WHEN for Wednesday, June 22, 2022 1944 then President Franklin Roosevelt signed the “G-I Bill of Rights” to provide broad benefits for veterans of war. 1969 Judy Garland died of a drug overdose at age

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WAY BACK WHEN for Tuesday, June 21, 2022 1879, Frank Woolworth opened the First Five & Dime Store in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  He sold items for no more than 10 cents . . . and went broke.  He then opened another store

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WAY BACK WHEN for Monday, June 20, 2022 1782, the Great Seal of the United States was adopted by Congress.  It depicts an eagle clutching an olive branch in one talon and 13 arrows in the other.  In

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WAY BACK WHEN for Friday, June 17, 2022 1775, the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Bunker Hill took place near Boston.  The Americans were led by Colonel William Prescott, who told his troops, “Don’t fire till you see the Whites of Their

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WAY BACK WHEN for Thursday, June 16, 2022 1858, Senate candidate Abe Lincoln told a Springfield, Illinois, crowd that slavery was an issue that had to be resolved, declaring, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” 1903, in one

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WAY BACK WHEN for Wednesday, June 15, 2022 On this day in ’92 VP Dan Quayle infamously misspelled “potato” with an “e” during a spelling bee. What word do you have a problem spelling? On this day

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WAY BACK WHEN for Tuesday, June 13, 2022  The United States Army was founded on this day in 1775. The Star Spangled Banner was adopted as the official flag just two years later. 1954 President Eisenhower signed

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WAY BACK WHEN for Monday, June 13, 2022  1920, for some reason, the U.S. Post Office Department ruled that Children May NOT Be Sent by Parcel Post. 1966, police became Required to Tell Suspects Their Rights because of the Supreme Court’s

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WAY BACK WHEN for Friday, June 10, 2022  Alcoholics Anonymous was founded on this day in 1935 in Akron Ohio. 1944, Joe Nuxhall, the Youngest Pitcher in Major League History, made his debut for the Cincinnati Reds.

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WAY BACK WHEN for Thursday, June 9, 2022 1790, the First Book Was Copyrighted in the U.S. John Barry’s “Philadelphia Spelling Book”. 1934, Donald Duck made his debut in Disney’s “The Wise Little Hen”. 1980, Richard Pryor suffered third degree burns over most of his body while “freebasing” the cocaine. 

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WAY BACK WHEN for Wednesday, June 8, 2022  1786 The first commercially produced Ice Cream was released. 1789 The Bill of Rights was proposed to the U.S. Congress by James Madison. The Bill of Rights comprises the

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WAY BACK WHEN for Monday, June 6, 2022  1769 Daniel Boone started exploring Kentucky. 1929 Vatican City became its own independent country. 1975 Sony introduced the “Betamax Videocassette Recorder.” It had a price tag of $995.   

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WAY BACK WHEN for Monday, June 6, 2022  The YMCA was founded on this day in 1844 The first ‘drive in’ theatre opened in New Jersey in 1933 The D-Day invasion of Normandy took place today in

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WAY BACK WHEN for Friday, June 3, 2022  1888, the poem “Casey at the Bat”, by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, was first published in the “San Francisco Daily Examiner”.  He earned $5. 1946, Jacques Heim, a French fashion designer, debuted a two-piece

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WAY BACK WHEN for Thursday, June 2, 2022  1835, P.T. Barnum began the first circus tour of the United States. 1896, Guglielmo Marconi filed a patent for The Radio. 1953, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth the Second was held at Westminster Abbey.  It was the first one

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WAY BACK WHEN for Wednesday, June 1, 2022  1813 U.S. Captain James Lawrence ordered “Don’t give up the ship” after being mortally wounded in battle during the War of 1812. 1869 Inventor Thomas Edison was granted his first

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WAY BACK WHEN for Tuesday, May 31, 2022  1678 The first Lady Godiva Procession to celebrate the legend Godiva’s famous nude ride through Coventry marketplace. Her husband,had promised to relieve Coventry of its heavy taxes if she

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WAY BACK WHEN for Friday, May 27, 2022  1937 The Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco, California to Marin County (the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula) opened. Many experts believed that a bridge could not

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WAY BACK WHEN for Thursday, May 26, 2022  1637 The first battle of the Pequot War (the first war between the settlers and Indians) begins, near present-day New Haven, Connecticut. 1994 The King of Pop Michael Jackson married

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WAY BACK WHEN for Wednesday, May 25, 2022  1951 Baseball legend Willie Mays played his first major-league game. 1969 The controversial film is released. Midnight Cowboy was the first X-Rated film to win an Oscar; however, its rating was later

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WAY BACK WHEN for Tuesday, May 24, 2022 1883 The Brooklyn Bridge over the East River is opened. It connected the cities of New York and Brooklyn for the first time in history. Its construction took 14

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WAY BACK WHEN for Monday, May 23, 2022  1701 Scottish pirate, Capt. William ‘Billy the” Kidd was hanged. He had been commissioned by the King to hunt pirates, but instead became one, for which he was hanged

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WAY BACK WHEN for Friday, May 20, 2022  1927 The first ‘solo’ transatlantic flight by a man. Charles Lindberg, in The Spirit of St. Louis, left New York. He landed in Paris the following day. Five years later… 1932

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WAY BACK WHEN for Thursday, May 19, 2022 1906 The Federated Boys’ Clubs was organized. It is now known as the Boys’ Clubs of America.  1910 The earth passed through the tail of Halley’s Comet. The comet’s

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WAY BACK WHEN for Wednesday, May 18, 2022  1860, Abraham Lincoln was nominated as the Republican candidate for U.S. president at a convention in Chicago. 1927, Grauman’s Chinese Theater opened in Hollywood, California, with the premiere of Cecil B. De Mille’s “The King of Kings”. 001,

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WAY BACK WHEN for Tuesday, May 17, 2022  1792, The New York Stock Exchange was founded by brokers meeting under a tree located on what is now Wall Street. 1845, the Rubber Band was patented. 1875 The first Kentucky Derby is run.

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WAY BACK WHEN for Friday, May 13, 2022  1866, Congress authorized minting the nickel Five-Cent Piece to replace the smaller silver piece known as the “Half-Dime”. 1960 Theodore Maiman emitted the world’s first laser light. The term “laser” is an acronym for

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WAY BACK WHEN for Friday, May 13, 2022  1637, Cardinal Richelieu of France invented the Table Knife.  Until then, people used daggers to cut their meat. Cardinal Richelieu had the points rounded off all the knives at his table.