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OCTOBER 12

1927 Jean Nidetch (New York City-born Founder of Weight Watchers) Jean Nidetch Foods and Nutrition WeightWatchers
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1914 Margaret Knight (Maine-born Inventor and Owner of 27 patents) Maine Scientists & Inventors Inventors & Inventions Patents and Trademarks California State University Pamona
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1942 An Ordinance Plant Begins Production Near Point Pleasant, West Virginia Point Pleasant, West Virginia Weapons World War II West Virginia State Archives
1837 House Sanctions Treasury Notes to Relieve U.S. Economic Depression U.S. House of Representatives Economics History Channel
1861 U.S.S. Dale Captures the Schooner Specie Carrying Rice Off the Florida Coast Florida American Civil War Naval History Florida State History Association
1864 Union Troops Lay Waste to Orange Groves Along Florida's St. Johns River Florida American Civil War Farming & Agriculture Florida State History Association
1892 The First Car of Iron Ore from Mountain Iron, Minnesota Arrives at the Assay Office in Duluth Mountain Iron, Minnesota Iron Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1899 Fire Destroys Downtown Badger, Minnesota Badger, Minnesota Fire Minnesota Historical Society
1918 Fire Burns Several Minnesota Towns, Destroying 250,000 Acres of Land - Killing 500 People Minnesota Fire Death Minnesota Historical Society

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