The Pilgrims set sail on the Mayflower, "Jingle Bells" is copyrighted, General Motors is founded, Nixon drops in on "Laugh-In," Hurricane Ivan hits the Gulf Coast, and the federal government bails out AIG, all on this day.
1893: At noon more than 100,000 settlers make a land run for prime land in the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma. With more than 6.5 million acres up for grabs, it was the largest land run in United States history. Here, crowds wait along a fence line waiting for the land run to begin.
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