Salem is gripped by witch hysteria, Yellowstone becomes the world's first national park, the Lindbergh baby is kidnapped, and the Watergate Seven are indicted, all on this day.
1941: W47NV begins operations in Nashville, Tenn., becoming the first commercial broadcaster in the U.S. to receive an FM license from the Federal Communications Commission. The station, which eventually changed its name to WSM-FM, operated for about 10 years, until its owners, the National Life and Accident Insurance Company, realized that few area households had FM radio receivers and that its commercial potential was lacking. The company shut down WSM-FM in 1951 and returned the license to the FCC.
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