Today In History

1867: Captain William Reynolds claimed the Midway Islands for the United States.

1904: The first jail sentence for speeding in an automobile was handed down in Newport, R.I.

1907: The United Parcel Service was started by teenagers Jim Casey and Claude Ryan in Seattle.

1922: The first radio commercial was broadcast. The 10-minute commercial aired on WEAF in New York for an apartment developer. Huge crowds turned out to see the Hawthorne Court apartments in Jackson Heights, Queens. The 10-minute commercial cost $100.

1945: U. S. forces landed in Japan.

1963: Nearly 250,000 people gathered in Washington to rally for passage of civil rights legislation. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

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