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This Day in History for July 21

This Day In History1669 – John Lock’s Constitution of English colony Carolina is approved.

1865 – In the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first true western showdown.

1880 – Compressed air accident kills 20 workers on Hudson River tunnel, NY.

1930 – US Veterans Administration forms.

1931 – Reno race track, becomes 1st in US to use daily double wagering.

1942 – 8 die as coal waste heap slides in river valley near Oakwood, Va.

1943 – “Stormy Weather”, directed by Andrew L. Stone, starring Bill Robinson, Lena Horne and Fats Waller singing “Ain’t Misbehavin” premieres in the US.

1945 – Detroit Tigers & Philadelphia A’s play 24 inning 1-1 tie.

1949 – Senate ratifies North Atlantic Treaty by a vote of 82-13 (NATO).

1955 – USS Seawolf launched, 1st submarine powered by liquid metal cooled nuclear reactor.

1957 – 1st black to win a major US tennis tournament (Althea Gibson).

1963 – 45th PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 279 at Dallas, TX.

1969 – Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to step on the Moon at 2:56:15 AM (GMT).

1972 – Dodgers release & end career of pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm.

1974 – US House Judiciary approves two Articles of Impeachment against President Richard Nixon.

1989 – Eastern Airlines submits a reorganization plan to creditors.

1991 – Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry, Rod Carew, Tony Lazzeri, & Bill Veeck are elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

1996 – 125th British Golf Open: Tom Lehman shoots a 271 at Royal Lytham.

2002 – Telcom giant WorldCom files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the then largest such filing in United States history.

2013 – 142nd British Golf Open: Phil Mickelson shoots a 281 at Muirfield Golf Links.

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