March 14

1743

The first town meeting was held in Boston, Massachusetts, at Faneuil Hall.

1794

The cotton gin was patented by Eli Whitney.

1939

The Republic of Czechoslovakia was dissolved, soon to be occupied by the Nazis.

1950

The FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list made its debut.

1958

Perry Como's single "Catch a Falling Star" became the first RIAA gold record.

1964

Jack Ruby was found guilty of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy.

1990

The Soviet Congress voted Mikhail Gorbachev into the newly-created and powerful position of president.

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