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April 17 2010 Today in History Newsletter

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Geraldine Mock

Geraldine Mock was the first woman to successfully fly solo around the world and completed her trip on this day in history, April 17, 1964.

What Else Happened in 1964?

A young boxer named Cassius Clay defeated Sonny Liston for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Ford introduces its new car...The Mustang.

The United Kingdom abolished the Death Penalty.

The Boston Strangler was captured.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wins the Nobel Peace Prize

The Cost of Living in 1964:

A gallon of Gas was 30 cents...A loaf of bread was 21 cents...Avg. yearly income was 6,000.00 dollars....Avg. monthly rent was 115.00 dollars per month...Avg. cost of a new house was 13,000.00 dollars...Postage stamps were 5 cents and a ticket to the movies was $1.25.

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