March 14

1743
The first town meeting was held in Boston, Massachusetts, at Faneuil Hall.

1794
The cotton gin was patented by Eli Whitney.

1939
The Republic of Czechoslovakia was dissolved, soon to be occupied by the Nazis.

1950
The FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list made its debut.

1958
Perry Como’s single “Catch a Falling Star” became the first RIAA gold record.

1964
Jack Ruby was found guilty of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy.

1990
The Soviet Congress voted Mikhail Gorbachev into the newly-created and powerful position of president.

Birthdays

Georg Telemann
composer (1681)

Giovanni Schiaparelli
astronomer (1835)

Paul Ehrlich
bacteriologist (1854)

Casey Jones
railroad engineer (1864)

Albert Einstein
theoretical physicist (1879)

Diane Arbus
photographer (1923)

Quincy Jones
composer (1933)

Michael Caine
actor (1933)

Billy Crystal
actor, comedian, writer (1947)

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