The NeXTcube used by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN became the first Web server.
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1892 | Pudge Heffelfinger is the first professional football player
William ‘Pudge’ Heffelfinger is paid $500 to play a game in Pittsburgh. The 6′-3″, 200-pounder scores the only points in the Allegheny Athletic Association’s win over the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. Heffelfinger will go on to be a college football coach and mount an unsuccessful bid for US Congress.1954 | Ellis Island closes its doors
Having processed about 12 million immigrants seeking entry to the US since it opened in 1892, Ellis Island shuts down operations. In the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, the processing center will fall into disrepair but the main building will be restored and will reopen in 1990 to host a museum of immigration.1969 | Journalist Seymour Hersh breaks the My Lai massacre story
Freelance reporter Seymour Hersh breaks the story of a massacre in a Vietnamese village where hundreds of civilians were gunned down by US troops. The story of the horrific act and its subsequent cover-up gets widespread coverage and will help erode US public support for the Vietnam War.
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