Sunday, April 17, 2005
1524: Florentine navigator Giovanni da Verrazano reaches what is now New York harbor. A bridge named for him will later make him as famous as Major Deegan.
1790: Benjamin Franklin dies, a hundred years before the Federal income tax. Today, when taxes are taken into account, his "A penny saved" is actually worth nearly two cents earned.
1837: John Pierpont Morgan is born at Hartford, Connecticut. In 1901 he'll form United States Steel, which will become the world's first billion-dollar business enterprise.
1852: Adrian Constantine "Cap" Anson is born at Marshalltown, Iowa. While playing for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1875, he and several other players will breach their contracts by talking about a future contract with a rival team in Chicago. The Chicago owner, to avoid discipline, will start a new circuit that he calls the "National League."
1924: Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and the Louis B. Mayer Co. merge to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
1937: Daffy Duck debuts in a Warner Bros. cartoon called Porky's Duck Hunt.
1964: Ford Motor Co. unveils its new sports car at the New York World's Fair. They call it the Mustang.
1982: In Ottawa, Queen Elizabeth II signs the Canada Act, an important step in the promulgation of the Canadian constitution.
1991: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 3,000 for the first time ever.