The pilgrims get their first taste of popcorn, George Washington is born, Elvis hits the charts for the first time, and Team USA pulls off a "Miracle on Ice," all on this day.
1918: Charlie Finley, an American businessman best remembered for owning Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics, is born in Ensley, Ala. Finley purchased the team while it was located in Kansas City and moved it to Oakland, Calif., in 1968. During the early 1970s, the A's became a powerhouse, winning three straight World Series from 1972 to 1974 and five straight division titles from 1971 to 1975. Finley's also remembered for pushing for the designated hitter, interleague play and night starts in the postseason and All-Star Game. He died on Feb. 19, 1996, three days short of what would have been his 78th birthday.
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