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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1951 Edgar Tobin (Texas-born World War I Pilot, Businessman, and Philanthropist) Edgar Tobin World War I American Business Leaders
1980 George Meany (New York City-born Labor Leader, President of the AFL-CIO: 1955 to 1979) George Meany Labor AFL-CIO
1769 Mail Boats Begin Leaving the Suffolk, Virginia Area on Regular Monthly Trips North and South Along the Atlantic Coast Suffolk, Virginia Virginia Colonial History Naval History Postal Service Virginia Historical Society
1840 Britain Begins the First System of Pre-paid Postage British History Stamps Greenwich Guide
1853 The Memphis & Little Rock Railroad Is Chartered Little Rock, Arkansas Memphis, Tennessee Railroad Business Arkansas History Commission
1863 World's First Subway Line Opens in London London London Historic Firsts New York Times
1864 U.S.S. Roebuck Captures Confederate Blockade-runner Maria Louise Near Jupiter, Florida Florida The American Civil War Naval History Florida Historical Society
1870 John D. Rockefeller Incorporates Standard Oil John D. Rockefeller Businesses and Corporations New York Times
1882 The Name of the First Post Office on Alaska's Gastineau Channel Is Changed from Harrisburgh to Juneau Juneau, Alaska USPS Alaska Historical Society
1888 A.B. Blackburn Receives U.S. Patent #375,362 for a Railway Signal Patents and Trademarks Railroad Inventors and Inventions African-American Scientists & Mathematicians Inventors Assistance League African American Registry
The Ponce de Leon Hotel Opens in St. Augustine, Florida Florida Hotel Ponce de León Business & Economics Florida Historical Society
1901 Spindletop, Texas' First Oil Well, Is a Gusher Texas Oil U.S. History Historic Firsts History Channel Texas State Historical Association
1964 William Clay Ford (Grandson of Henry Ford) Purchases the Detroit Lions for $6 Million Detroit National Football League Business & Economics State of Michigan
1967 Lyndon Johnson Asks for Vietnam War Tax Surcharge in State of the Union Address to Congress President Lyndon Johnson United States Congress Vietnam War Taxes Johnson Presidential Library
1968 Saturday Evening Post Ceases Publication after 141 Years Journalism Florida Historical Society
1984 Wendy's First "Where's the Beef?" Commercial Airs Advertising and Propaganda Foods and Nutrition Businesses & Corporations Television Historic Firsts Food Reference
1990 Time Inc. Merges with Warner Communications to Form Time Warner Businesses and Corporations Time-Warner
2000 AOL & Time Warner Announce Plans to Merge The Internet Businesses and Corporations Time-Warner AOL
2001 American Airlines Announces Plans to Buy TWA Aviation Businesses and Corporations American Airlines PBS

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