To­day in his­tory

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1908 Gen­eral Mo­tors was founded by Wil­liam Crapo “Billy” Du­rant. The com­pany was formed by merg­ing the Buick and Olds car com­pa­nies. 1924 Jim Bot­tom­ley knocked in 12 runs in a sin­gle game set­ting a ma­jor league base­ball record. 1940 U.S. Pres­i­dent Roo­sevelt signed into law the Se­lec­tive Train­ing and Ser­vice Act, which set up the first peace­time mil­i­tary draft in U.S. his­tory. 1940 Sa­muel T. Ray­burn of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. He served for 17 years. 1953 The St. Louis Browns of the Amer­i­can League were given per­mis­sion to move to Bal­ti­more, MD, where they be­came the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles. 1963 “The Outer Lim­its” pre­miered on ABC-TV. 1965 “The Dean Martin Show” de­buted on NBC-TV. 1968 “The Andy Grif­fith Show” was seen for the fi­nal time on CBS. 1972 “The Bob Ne­whart Show” pre­miered on CBS-TV. 1974 U.S. Pres­i­dent Ford an­nounced a con­di­tional amnesty pro­gram for draft-evaders and de­sert­ers dur­ing the Viet­nam War. 1976 The Epis­co­pal Church for­mally ap­proved women to be or­dained as priests and bish­ops. 1987 The Mon­treal Pro­to­col was signed by 24 coun­tries in an ef­fort to save the Earth’s ozone layer by re­duc­ing emis­sions of harm­ful chem­i­cals by the year 2000. 1988 Tom Brown­ing pitched the 12th per­fect game in ma­jor league base­ball. 1994 Two as­tro­nauts from the space shut­tle Dis­cov­ery went on the first un­teth­ered space­walk in 10 years. 1998 Uni­ver­sal paid $9 mil­lion for the rights to the Dr. Seuss clas­sics “How the Grinch Stole Christ­mas” and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.”

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