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1874 - Hawaii King David Kalakaua is 1st king to visit the US as guest of Ulysses S. Grant at 1st US state dinner at the White House.

1876 - Al Spalding opens his sporting good shop.

1878 - Frederick Thayer patents catcher's mask (pat # 200,358).

1879 - 1st artificial ice rink in North America (Madison Square Garden, NYC).

1908 - Anna Jeanes bequeaths $1,000,000 to Swarthmore to become all female institution.

1908 - NY to Paris auto race (via Alaska & Siberia) begins in NYC George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel.
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