Margaret Chase Smith

This Day in History: Sept. 13: The LPGA of America was formed

This Day in History: Sept. 13: The LPGA of America was formed

In 1949, the Ladies Professional Golf Association of America was formed in New York City. Pictured is LPGA golfer Joanne Avard. (Baltimore Sun files)

1788: The Congress of the Confederation authorized the first national election, and declared New York City the national capital.

1803: Commodore John Barry, considered by many the father of the American Navy, died in Philadelphia.

1948: Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.

1990: The combination police-courtroom drama "Law & Order" premiered on NBC...

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