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1802 John Gorrie (South Carolina-born Inventor Granted First U.S. Patent for Mechanical Refrigeration) South Carolina Scientists & Mathematicians Inventors and Inventions Patents and Trademarks Florida State Historical Society
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1999 Akio Morita (Founder of SONY) Japanese Business Leaders Business SONY
1776 U.S. Congress Borrows $5 Million U.S. Congress Business & Economics The American Revolution History Channel
1833 South Carolina Completes 136 Mile Line: The Longest Railroad in the World South Carolina Railroad University of Georgia
1857 In Delaware, the Junction and Breakwater Railroad Is Established Between Harrington and Lewes Delaware Railroad State of Delaware
1893 John S. Thurman of St. Louis Patents the Motor-driven Vacuum Cleaner Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks Pierce Law Center
1902 President Roosevelt Fails to End Pennsylvania Coal Miners' Strike Pennsylvania Labor Job Actions Theodore Roosevelt Library of Congress
1913 Woodrow Wilson Convenes Special Session of Congress to Lower Tariffs Woodrow Wilson U.S. Congress Economics History Channel
1927 Massachusetts' Worcester Airport Opens Massachusetts Aviation History Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1930 Daisy Bradford No. 3 Well Comes In Opening Up the East Texas Oilfield Texas Business Texas State Historical Association
1931 In West Virginia, a Run on the Citizens Bank of Weston Leads to the Banks Closing Weston, West Virginia Economics Great Depression West Virginia State Archives
1939 The Lincoln Continental Is First Introduced Automobiles Historic Firsts Ford
1961 UAW Calls Company-wide Strike Against Ford Motors Ford Motor Company Automotive Industry Labor Job Actions The Henry Ford Museum
1974 Frank Robinson Selected as First African-American Manager in Major League Baseball Baseball Hall of Fame African-American History African American Registry
1989 Art Shell Selected as First African-American Head Coach in the NFL Football Hall of Fame African-American History New York Times

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