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This Day in History For July 15

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1912 – American athlete Jim Thorpe is placed in top 4 in all 10 events, for an Olympic record 8,413 points to win the Decathlon gold medal at the Stockholm Olympics, medal stripped 1913 (played pro baseball, reinstated 1982)

1915 – The head of German propaganda in the US, Dr. Heinrich Albert, loses his briefcase on a subway in New York City; an examination of its content reveals an extensive network of German espionage and subversion across the US.

1916 – Boeing Company (Pacific Aero) formed by William Boeing in Seattle, Washington.

1922 – US Open Men’s Golf, Skokie CC: Gene Sarazen wins first of his 7 major titles, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up John Black and 20-year-old amateur Bobby Jones.

1932 – US President Herbert Hoover cuts own salary 15%.

1939 – Clara Adams (NYC) is 1st woman to complete round world flight.

1941 – Howard Florey and Norman Heatley present freeze dried mold cultures (Penicillin)

1948 – Alcoholic Anonymous founded in Britain.

1949 – WBT TV channel 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina (CBS) begins broadcasting.

1954 – 1st commercial jet transport plane built in US tested (Boeing 707)

1960 – Chubby Checker releases his version of “The Twist” in the US (date approximate)

1971 – US President Richard Nixon announces he will visit the People’s Republic of China.

1980 – Johnny Bench hits his 314th HR as a catcher which breaks Yogi Berra’s record.

1980 – Billy Carter, the brother of US President Jimmy Carter, registers as a foreign agent of the Libyan government after it was revealed they paid him hundreds of thousands of dollars.

1991 – US troops leave northern Iraq.

1996 – MSNBC begins Microsoft internet-NBC TV.

1999 – The inaugural game at the Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field held in Seattle, Washington.

2003 – AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.

2017 – Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Garbine Muguruza of Spain beats Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 for her 2nd Grand Slam title.

2019 – Senior Players Championship Men’s Golf, Exmoor CC: Fijian Vijay Singh wins in a playoff with Jeff Maggert on 2nd extra hole.

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