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January 7, 2011

Today In History

1789 The first U.S. presidential election is held. Americans vote for electors who, a month later, choose George Washington to be the nation’s first president.
1927 The Harlem Globetrotters play their first road game, in Hinkley, Illinois, before a crowd of 300.
1927 Commercial trans-Atlantic telephone service is inaugurated between New York and London.
1953 President Truman announces in his State of the Union address that the U.S. had developed a hydrogen bomb.
1963 The price of a first class stamp goes from 4 cents to 5 cents.
1963 Gary U.S. Bonds sues Chubby Checker for plagiarism, claiming that Chubby’s “Dancing Party” sounded too much like “Quarter to Three.” The suit was settled out of court.
1968 The first class stamp is raised from 5 cents to 6 cents.
1970 Neighbors of New York land owner Max Yasgur sue him for $35,000 for property damage caused by people who attended the Woodstock Festival.
1982 “Fame” debuts as a TV series.
1990 The Leaning Tower of Pisa closes to the public after leaning too far.
1991 Pete Rose is released from federal prison in Illinois for cheating on his taxes.
1999 For the second time in history, an impeached American president goes on trial before the Senate. President Clinton faced charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. He is later acquitted.
2001 The price of a first class postage stamp rises to 34 cents.
Today: I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day
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