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This Day in History For July 26

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1847 – Moses Gerrish Farmer builds 1st miniature train for children to ride.

1878 – In California, poet and American West outlaw calling himself “Black Bart” makes his last clean getaway when he steals a safe box from a Wells Fargo stagecoach. The empty box found later with a taunting poem inside.

1903 – 1st automobile trip across the United States (San Francisco to New York) completed by Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker.

1916 – The US protests the “Blacklist” issued by the British forbidding trade with some 30 US firms.

1926 – National Bar Association incorporates.

1933 – Joe DiMaggio ends 61 game hitting streak in Pacific Coast League.

1941 – US embargo on oil-export to Japan.

1945 – Declaration of Potsdam: US, Britain and China demand the unconditional surrender of Japan during WWII.

1948 – President Harry Truman issues Executive Order No. 9981 to desegregate the US armed forces, directing “equality of treatment and opportunity” in the military.

1958 – Army launches 4th US successful satellite, Explorer IV.

1971 – Apollo 15 launched (Scott and Irwin) to 4th manned landing on Moon.

1981 – US Open Women’s Golf, La Grange CC: Pat Bradley shoots final round 66 (-6) to finish 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Beth Daniel, second of Bradley’s 6 major titles.

1984 – Expos Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with his 3,502nd single.

1987 – Catfish Hunter, Billy Williams and Ray Dandridge inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame.

1990 – US President George H.W. Bush signs American With Disabilities Act.

2005 – Space Shuttle program: STS-114 Mission – Launch of Discovery; NASA’s frist scheudled flight after the Columbia Disaster in 2003.

2014 – The Chinese government suspends a Shanghai meat dealer and makes arrest after the company sold out-of-date meat to fast food chains, including McDonald’s and Kentuky Fried Chicken.

2017 – US President Donald Trump announces policy to ban transgender people from the military, overturning Obama era change.

2018 – Facebook has the single worst day of any public company on the stock market – losing 19% or $119 billion market value.

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