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  • 11:52 pm This Day in History for July 20
This Day In History

1692 – Edward Bishop is jailed for proposing flogging as a cure for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts.

1823 – R J Tyers patents roller skates.

1864 – US mints 2 cents coin (1st appearance of “In God We Trust”)

1898 – Congress passes Volunteer Army Act calling for a Volunteer Cavalry.

1898 – US President McKinley orders blockade of Cuban harbors.

1930 – US, Britain & Japan sign London Naval Treaty.

1934 – US Division of Investigation (later the FBI) under Melvin Purvis botch an operation to capture the John Dillinger Gang at Little Bohemia Lodge, Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin, with 2 dead and 4 injured.

1951 – Ticker-tape parade for General Douglas MacArthur in NYC.

1962 – Pittsburgh Pirates tie then record of 10 straight wins to start a season.

1964 – World’s Fair at Flushing Meadow, Corona Park, NY opens.

1969 – 1st human eye transplant performed.

1972 – Apollo astronauts John Young & Charles Duke ride on Moon.

1976 – Barbara Walters becomes 1st female nightly network news anchor. (Today Show)

1981 – More than $3.3 million is stolen from the First National Bank of Arizona in Tucson in the then largest US bank robbery in history.

1990 – Lebanon release US hostage Robert Polhill after 39 months.

1991 – Intel releases 486SX chip.

2000 – In a pre-dawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elian Gonzalez from his relatives’ home in Miami, Florida.

2016 – Paris Agreement on climate change signed in New York binding 195 nations to an increase in the global average temperature to less than 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees C.

2018 – Gunman opens fire at Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee, killing four with James Shaw, Jr. wrestling rifle from gunman’s hands.