FIRST PRIZE FIGHT TELELVISED IN COLOR ON THIS DATE IN 1954

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Philadelphia middleweight boxer Joey Gardello (right) is shown knocking out Willie
Tory in round seven at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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COUNTRY SHOW DEBUTED ON THIS DATE IN 1961

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Five Star Jubilee was a country music variety show carried by NBC-TV from
March 17–September 22, 1961. The live program, a spin-off of ABC-TV’s Jubilee
USA, was the first network color television series to originate outside New York
City or Hollywood. It was produced from the Landers Theater (above) in Springfield, Missouri. The series featured five rotating hosts, Snooky Lanson, Tex Ritter, Rex
Allen, Jimmy Wakely, and Carl Smith. The sponsor was Massey Ferguson.

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MILITARY ACADEMY ESTABLISHED ON THIS DATE IN 1802

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Congress formally authorized the establishment and funding of the United States
Military Academy at West Point, New York. on 16 March 1802. The entire central
campus is a national landmark and home to scores of historic sites, buildings,and 
monuments. The academy sits on scenic high ground overlooking the Hudson
River, 50 miles north of New York City. The campus is a popular tourist attraction complete with a large visitor center and the oldest museum in the United States
Army.

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The majority of the campus’s buildings are constructed from gray and black granite like the West Academic Building shown above.

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West Point color guard leading a cadet parade

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PREMIER OF KING KONG ON THIS DATE IN 1933

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King Kong opened at the 6,200 seat Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Crowds
lined up around the block on opening day and tickets were priced at 35 to 75 cents 
and, in its first four days, every one of its ten shows a day were sold out, setting 
an all  time attendance record for an indoor event. Over the four day period, the 
film grossed $89,931. In 1991 Kong was selected by the Library of Congress for 
preservation in the National Film Registry.

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DVD release, 2006

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PATENT FOR FIRST CIGAR-ROLLING MACHINE ON THIS DATE IN 1883

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Oscar Hammerstein I (left) was a businessman, theater manager and composer
in New York City. His passion for opera led him to open several opera houses,
and he rekindled opera’s popularity in America. In 1883 Oscar Hammerstein
patented the first cigar-rolling machine and began to make a fortune that he
promptly reinvested in theaters and concert halls. He was the grandfather
of lyricist Oscar Hammerstein ll.

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A cigar ad from the 1940s featuring Ronald Reagan

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