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This Day in History for July 14

1798 – 1st direct US federal tax on states-on dwellings, land and slaves.

1832 – Opium exempted from federal tariff duty.

1845 – 1st postmasters’ provisional stamps issued, NYC.

1861 – Naval Engagement at Wilmington, N.C. – USS Daylight establishes blockade.

1870 – The United States Congress grants Mary Todd Lincoln a life pension in the amount of $3,000 a year.

1914 – Robert Goddard is granted the first patent for liquid-fueled rocket design.

1916 – St. Louis Brown Ernie Koob pitches all 17 innings in a 0-0 tie vs Boston.

1934 – NY Times erroneously declared Babe Ruth’s 700 HR record to stand for all time.

1940 – Due to beanball wars, Spaulding advertises batting helmet with earflaps.

1945 – Battleship USS South Dakota is 1st US ship to bombard Japan.

1946 – Dr. Benjamin Spock’s “Common Sense Book of Baby & Child Care” published.

1951 – George Washington Carver monument unveiled.

1959 – USS Long Beach, first nuclear powered cruiser launched at Quincy, Mass.

1967 – Surveyor 4 launched to Moon; explodes just before landing.

1969 – The United States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills are officially withdrawn from circulation.

1977 – US House establishes permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

1983 – US politician Crane (Rep-R-Il) and Studds (Rep-D-Mass) admit to sex with pages.

1986 – Richard Miller becomes the 1st FBI agent convicted of espionage.

1987 – Greyhound Bus buys Trailways Bus for $80 million.

1992 – 386BSD is released by Lynne Jolitz and William Jolitz, starting the open source operating system revolution. Linus Torvaids released “Linux” shortly afterwards.

2018 – Russian covert agent Maria Butina arrested by the FBI in Washington, D.C., charged with being unregistered foreign agent.

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