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1941: General Mills starts shipping its brand-new cereal, “Cheerioats,” to 6 test markets. (The cereal would later be relabelled “Cheerios.”)
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- 1519: Leonardo da Vinci dies at Cloux, France, at age 67.
- 1908: The initial version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Video game,” with music by Albert Von Tilzer and lyrics by Jack Norworth, is released by Von Tilzer’s York Music Co.
- 1927: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Dollar v. Bell, supports 8-1 a Virginia law permitting the required sterilization of individuals to promote the “health of the client and the welfare of society.”
- 1957: Criminal activity manager Frank Costello narrowly survives an attempt on his life in New york city; the supposed shooter, Vincent “The Chin” Gigante, would be acquitted at trial after Costello declined to identify him as the shooter.
- 1957: Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., passes away at Bethesda Naval Healthcare Facility in Maryland.
- 1968: ” The Odd Couple,” the film version of the Neil Simon funny starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, opens in New York City City
- 1972: Long Time FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover dies in Washington at age 77.
- 1982: The Weather condition Channel makes its debut
- 1994: Nelson Mandela claims victory in the wake of South Africa’s very first democratic elections; President F.W. de Klerk acknowledges defeat.
- 2018: The Young Boy Scouts of America announces that the group’s flagship program would go through a name change; after being known simply as the Young boy Scouts for 108 years, the program would now be called Scouts BSA. (The modification came as girls were about to go into the ranks.)
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