Flame Throwing Hall of Famer Don Drysdale Dies On this Date in 1993

Today in 1775, George Washington took command of Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Today in 1863, the U.S. Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, ended after three days. It was a major victory for the North as Confederate troops retreated.

Today in 1890, Idaho became the 43rd state of the Union.

Today in 1901, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid pulled their last job when they robbed the Great Northern Railway Express of $40,000, near Wagner, Montana.

Today in 1981, the first major news story about two rare illnesses afflicting homosexual men hit the press. One of the diseases was later named AIDS.

Today in 1986, Mikhail Baryshnikov became an American citizen at Ellis Island, New York Harbor. The same day, President Reagan presided over a ceremony in New York Harbor that saw the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty.

Today in 1993, Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale died in Montreal, Canada, at the age of 56.

Today in 1997, President Clinton made his first formal response to the charges of sexual harassment from Paula Jones. He denied all the charges and asked that the judge dismiss the case.

Today in 1999, President Clinton, acting to head off potential problems with the safety of imported food, said in his weekly radio address he was ordering inspectors at American ports to brand all unsafe and rejected food products, "Refused U.S."

Today in 2008, Thomas Beatie, the world's first pregnant man, gave birth to a daughter.

Today in 2012, Antonio Esfandiari won a record $18.3-million in poker after winning the 2012 World Series of Poker $1,000,000 Buy-In.

Today in 2014, The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 17,000 for the first time.

Today in 2018, the Justice and Education Departments rescind the Obama-era affirmative action policies in college admissions.

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