This Week In History

By Tiffny Harris


1753- The first steam engine arrived in the U.S Colonies.

1776- The second continental congress changed the name of the United States Colonies to the United States of America.

1786- George Washington pens letter to a friend, supporting the abolition of slavery.

1850- California became the 31st state.

1926- The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was created by the Radio Corporation of
America (RCA).

1956- Elvis Presley appeared on television for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show.

1957- President Eisenhower signs the first civil rights bill since reconstruction.

1960- The Denver Broncos defeat the Boston Patriots 13-10 in the first American Football League (AFL) game.

1965- The Beach Boys’ “California Girls” was at number three on the U.S. singles chart.

1965- Hurricane Betsy, after striking the Bahamas and Florida, makes landfall in Louisiana and travels up the Mississippi River, leaving New Orleans underwater by 10 feet. It left 76 people dead, costing $1 million in damages.

1984- The Jacksons’ Victory tour broke the record for concert ticket sales after they surpassed the 1.1 million mark in only two months.

1987- Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics begins an NBA free throw streak of 59.

2003- Apple sells its 10 millionth song after being in business for just four months.

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