Today in history – 1.23.2019

1845 – Congress decided that all national elections would take place on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November.

1849 – Elizabeth Backwell is awarded her M.D., becoming the United States’ first doctor.

1957 – Inventor Walter Morrison sells the rights to his flying disc to the Wham-O toy company, which renames it the “Frisbee.”

1964 – The 24th Amendment, prohibiting the use of poll taxes in national elections, is ratified.

1973 – President Richard Nixon announces that U.S. troops would cease fighting in Vietnam at midnight on Jan 27.

1980 – President Jimmy Carter reinstated the Selective Service System.

1997 – Madeline Albright was sworn in as the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State.