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2011 – Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI’s most wanted man is killed by United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan
2008 – Iron Man released.
1844 – Elijah McCoy, the highly prolific African American inventor was born
1937 – Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for “Gone With the Wind”
1948 – U.S. Supreme Court decides Paramount antitrust case
1942 – The Battle of the Coral Sea begins
1831 – Manning patented a mowing machine, however, the very first patent for a machine for mowing lawns was granted to Edwin Beard Budding.
1904 – Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal.
1979 – Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
1943 – Patent for helicopter controls obtained by Igor Sikorsky. Sikorsky invented fixed winged and multi-engine aircraft, transoceanic flying boats and helicopters.
1840 – World’s first postage stamp, the Penny Black, is issued in Great Britain
1861 –  Jefferson Davis approves a bill declaring War between the Union & the Confederacy
1851 –  Ice-making machine patent received by John Gorrie.
1878 – Fire Escape Ladder patented by Joseph Winters.
1942 – “White Christmas” registered by Irving Berlin. This song is said to be the most valuable music copyright in the world!