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1889

Union Pa­cific Rail­road Co. be­gan di­rect, daily rail­road ser­vice be­tween Chicago and Port­land, Ore­gon, as well as Chicago and San Fran­cisco.

1968

NBC out­raged foot­ball fans by cut­ting away from a New York Jets-Oak­land Raiders game to be­gin the TV spe­cial “Heidi” on sched­ule.

1973

Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon told As­so­ci­ated Press man­ag­ing ed­i­tors in Or­lando, Florida: “Peo­ple have got to know whether or not their pres­i­dent is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.”

1979

Iran’s Ay­a­tol­lah Khome­ini or­dered the re­lease of 13black and/or fe­male Amer­i­can hostages be­ing held at the U.S. Em­bassy in Tehran.

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