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This Day in History for July 1

1776 – 1st vote on Declaration of Independence for Britain’s North American colonies.

1862 – US Internal Revenue Law imposes 1st federal tax on inheritance, tobacco and on incomes over $600 (progressive rate)

1870 – James W. Smith of South Carolina is one of 1st African Americans to attend West Point.

1899 – Gideon Society established to place bibles in hotels.

1908 – “SOS” (…—…) distress signal becomes the worldwide standard for help.

1916 – Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market.

1929 – US Immigration law of 1924 goes into effect.

1931 – US President Herbert Hoover places a one year moratorium on war debt payments.

1941 – Bulova Watch Co pays $9 for 1st ever network TV commercial.

1943 – “Pay-as-you-go” — 1st withholding tax from paychecks.

1952 – The first NASCAR Grand National event is run outside the US with Buddy Shuman winning the 200-lap race at Stamford Park, Ontario, Canada.

1960 – Fidel Castro nationalized Esso, Shell & Texaco in Cuba.

1963 – ZIP (Zone Improvement Plan) Codes are introduced for United States mail.

1966 – Medicare goes into effect.

1978 – Former US President Richard Nixon makes 1st public speech since resigning in 1974.

1990 – US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Ridgewood CC: Lee Trevino wins by 2 strokes from Jack Nicklaus for his first Champions Tour major title.

1991 – “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” directed by James Cameron, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong premieres at Century City, California.

1997 – Nevada Athletic Commission suspends Mike Tyson indefinitely & withholds $20m purse for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear during their heavyweight title fight 28 June.

2005 – Texas Ranger pitcher Kenny Rogers is suspended for 20 games and fined $50k for shoving a cameraman – sentence later overturned.

2015 – US and Cuba announce agreement to re-open embassies and establish full diplomatic ties.

2018 – Nationwide protests over Trump administration immigration policies in the US.

2018 – NBA super star LeBron James agrees to a 4-year $154m deal with the LA Lakers, moving from Cleveland Cavaliers.

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