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This Day in History for July 19

1845 – Fire in NYC destroys 1,000 homes and kills many.

1848 – 1st US women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, NY, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.

1875 – Emma Abbott, a floating hospital for sick children

1912 – A meteorite of estimated 190kg mass explodes over Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona, causing approximately 16,000 pieces of debris to rain down on the town.

1915 – The Washington Senators set a MLB record 8 stolen bases in an inning (1st) in 11-4 win vs. Cleveland.

1930 – Richard E. Byrd, Laurence McKinley Gould, and their polar expedition team returned to the United States following the first exploration of the interior of Antarctica.

1939 – Dr. Roy P. Scholz is 1st surgeon to use fiberglass sutures.

1941 – US President Franklin C. Roosevelt appoints the Fair Employment Practice Committee (FEPC)

1956 – US refuse to lend Egypt money to build Aswan Dam.

1957 – 1st rocket with nuclear warhead fired, Yucca Flat, Nevada.

1967 – 1st air conditioned NYC subway car (R-38 on the F line)

1967 – Race riots in Durham, North Carolina.

1969 – Apollo 11 goes into Moon orbit.

1976 – Allman Brother’s roadie Scooter Herring sentenced to 75 years for providing drugs for the group, based on Gregg Allman’s testimony.

1982 – David S. Dodge becomes 1st American hostage in Lebanon.

1984 – Geraldine A. Ferraro (Rep-D-NY), wins Democratic VP nomination.

1985 – Christa McAuliffe chosen as 1st school teacher to fly aboard the space shuttle.

1990 – Richard Nixon library opens in Yorba Linda, California.

2015 – World Health Organization puts world’s Ebola death toll at 11,284.

2017 – US Senator John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer.

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