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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Today in History: September 29

1725: Robert Clive is born near Market Drayton, Shropshire.  At age 26, a civilian factor in the employ of the East India Company, he’ll take command of a mixed Anglo-Indian force of 500 men and begin the campaigns that will make India British.

1829: London’s newly reorganized police force - known as “Peelers” or “Bobbies” after the author of the Metropolitan Police Act, goes on duty from its new headquarters at Great Scotland Yard.

1907: The original Singing Cowboy, Orvon Gene Autry, is born near Tioga, Texas.  He’ll make his real money not from his film, radio, recording, and television success, but from his real estate dealings.

1916: John D. Rockefeller’s personal wealth is said to cross the $1 billion mark, making him the first American billionaire.  Using the relative share of GDP as a comparison, that would make him worth around $240 billion today.

1946: Wildroot Cream Oil (“Relieves dryness, removes loose dandruff!”) of Buffalo presents the first episode of The Adventures of Sam Spade.

1961: A New York Times review of a performance by Bob Dylan brings the unknown minor to the attention of John Hammond of Columbia Records.

1962: After six and a half years, My Fair Lady closes on Broadway, setting what is then a record for the longest-running musical.

1996: Nintendo sells 500,000 copies of its new Super Mario 64 game on its first day of issue.

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