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Today in 1778, New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock created the "$" symbol.

Today in 1853, Cincinnati became the first American city to pay firefighters a regular salary.

Today in 1864, the Travelers Insurance Company issued the first travel accident policy to James Batterson.

Today in 1876, the first official National League baseball game took place. Boston beat Philadelphia 6-5.

Today in 1889, the first dishwashing machine was marketed (in Chicago).

Today in 1918, America's worst epidemic -- the second worst in the world -- broke out. The Swine Flu killed 1.5 million Americans and over 21 million people worldwide.

Today in 1929, Louie Marx introduced the Yo-Yo.

Today in 1930, the film, “The Blue Angel,” starring a then-unknown actress named Marlene Dietrich, premiered in America.

Today in 1931, Jackie Mitchell became the first female in professional baseball when she signed with the Chattanooga Baseball Club.

Today in 1938, the Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, New York.

Today in 1946, Weight Watchers was formed.

Today in 1949, Tupperware, the airtight plastic kitchen container, was trademarked by its inventor, chemist Earl Tupper.

Today in 1949, the TV show, "Happy Pappy," premiered. It was the first all-black-cast variety show.

Today in 1953, Congress created the Department of Health Education and Welfare.

Today in 1954, the U.S. Air Force Academy was formed in Colorado.

Today in 1956, Elvis Presley filmed his first Hollywood screen test.

Today in 1960, the TIROS-1 weather satellite (Television & Infra-Red Observation Satellite)" was launched from Cape Canaveral. It was the first weather satellite.

Today in 1960, "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour” last aired on CBS.

Today in 1963, the soap opera, "General Hospital," began its long and popular run on ABC-TV. Not to be outdone, NBC-TV countered with "The Doctors."

Today in 1963, most of New York City's daily newspapers resumed publishing after a 114-day strike when a settlement was reached.

Today in 1970, President Nixon signed the bill that banned cigarette advertisements to be effective on January 1, 1971.

Today in 1972, the Universal Product Code, better known as the "bar code" was introduced to supermarkets as a way to speed up checkout lines.

Today in 1979, "Nickelodeon Network" (originally called "Pinwheel") cable TV network debuted. 

Today in 1981, two days after wounding President Ronald Reagan and others during an assassination attempt, John Hinckley Jr., underwent psychiatric examinations.

Today in 1983, New York Islander Mike Bossy became the first National Hockey League (NHL) player to score 60 goals in 3 consecutive seasons.

Today in 1987, Steve Newman became the first man to walk solo around the world. The 15,000-mile trek took him four years to complete.

Today in 1987, in his first major speech on the AIDS epidemic, President Reagan told doctors in Philadelphia, "We've declared AIDS public health enemy number one."

Today in 1988, Jim Jordan, old-time radio's "Fibber McGee," died in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 91.

Today in 1990, "HA!" the comedy channel was launched on cable TV. On the same day, one year later, Comedy Central (a combination of the Comedy Channel and HA!) made its debut.

Today in 1991, the US minimum wage went from $3.80 to $4.25 per hour

Today in 1992, players began the first strike in the 75-year history of the National Hockey League (NHL). 

Today in 1994, model Christie Brinkley suffered minor injuries when a helicopter she was riding in with five other skiers crashed on a mountainside in Telluride, Colorado.

Today in 1996, President Bill Clinton threw out the first ball preceding a game between the Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles.

Today in 1997, David Carradine received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Today in 1998, a federal judge dismissed Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton saying that the claims fell "far short" of being worthy of a trial.

Today in 1999, a New Jersey man was arrested and charged with originating the "Melissa" e-mail virus. (David L. Smith later pleaded guilty to various state and federal charges.)

Today in 2000, Michelle Kwan won her third World Figure Skating title. 

Today in 2000, Walt Disney World pulled the plug on its popular nightly Main Street Electrical Parade – for a second – and final time. The parade reappeared on July 4th 2001 at Disney’s California Adventure theme park in Anaheim as Disney’s Electrical Parade.

Today in 2001, China began holding 24 crewmembers of a US surveillance plane. The EP-3E US Navy crew had made an emergency landing after an in-flight collision with a Chinese fighter jet. The Chinese pilot was missing and presumed dead. The US crew was released on April 11, 2001.

Today in 2002, The Netherlands legalizes euthanasia, becoming the first nation in the world to do so.

Today in 2013, the world’s first “smelling” TV screen is unveiled in Japan.