On This Day…

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1847 – Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government.
1865 – New York Stock Exchange opens its 1st permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad St, near Wall Street in New York City.
1948 – The Southeast Asian nation of Burma (Myanmar) formally gained independence, completing the transfer of power negotiated by Burmese leader Aung San and British Prime Minister Clement Attlee in 1947.
1959 – Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes 1st craft to leave Earth’s gravity.
1961 – Longest recorded strike ends as the Danish barbers’ assistants end a 33 year strike.
1965In his State of the Union message, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed his vision of a “Great Society” and called for an enormous program of social welfare legislation.
2007 – The 110th United States Congress convenes and elects Nancy Pelosi as the 1st female Speaker of the House.
2010Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, officially opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

Births & Deaths:1643English physicist and mathematician, Isaac Newton, famous for his laws of physics, was born. 
1809French educator Louis Braille, who developed a system of printing and writing that is extensively used by the blind and that was named for him, was born near Paris.
1935American professional boxer Floyd Patterson was born in Waco, North Carolina. 

Sport: 1920 – 1st Black baseball league, National Negro Baseball League, organizes. 

 Music: 1936 – Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade.

 TV & Film: 1984 – “Night Court” starring Harry Anderson premieres on NBC TV.

Via Britannica / On This Day

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