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This Day in History for July 13

1787 – US Ordinance of 1787 passed, establishes first organized US territory.

1836 – US Patent #1 (after 9,957 unnumbered patents), for locomotive wheels.

1868 – Oscar J Dunn, former slave, installed as Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana.

1919 – Chicago White Sox pitcher walks off mound blaming teammates for lack of support afield.

1923 – The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles. It originally reads “Hollywoodland” but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949.

1930 – David Sarnoff reports in NY Times “TV would be a theater in every home”

1939 – Frank Sinatra makes his recording debut.

1950 – Doctors remove 7 bone fragments from Ted Williams’ elbow.

1954 – Dean Stone gets credit for AL win, although he didn’t retire a batter, he threw out Shoendienst trying to steal home, AL-11, NL-9.

1962 – British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Troon: Arnold Palmer wins his 2nd consecutive Open, 6 strokes clear of runner-up Kel Nagle of Australia.

1963 – Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn, wins his 300th and last MLB game at 43 years of age.

1972 – LA Rams (Irsay) & Baltimore Colts (Rosenbloom) swap owners.

1977 – NYC experiences 25 hour black-out.

1987 – Federal judge throws out Bette Midler’s $10 million suit against Ford Motor Co, who used a sound alike for their TV commercials.

1994 – Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson (charged with murder) gives hair samples for testing.

1997 – US Open Women’s Golf, Pumkin Ridge GC: Alison Nicholas of England wins her lone major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Nancy Lopez.

2008 – Brewing company InBev announces deal to buy American brewer Anheuser-Busch for almost $52 billion.

2013 – #BlackLivesMatter created in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin.

2018 – Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay record $4.7 billion in damages in talc cancer case by jury in US state of Missouri.

2018 – Large protests in London against US President Donald Trump featuring Trump-like baby blimp as President Trump meets Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.

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