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This Day in History for July 29

1786 – 1st newspaper published west of Alleghenies, Pitts Gazette.

1847 – Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA. At the end of 1847 only 15 law schools exist in the United States.

1899 – 1st motorcycle race, Manhattan Beach, NY.

1905 – US Secretary of State William Howard Taft makes secret agreement with Japanese Prime Minister Katsura agreeing to Japanese free rein in Korea in return for non-interference with the US in the Philippines.

1907 – Sir Robert Baden-Powell forms Boy Scouts in England.

1914 – 1st transcontinental phone link made between New York City and San Francisco.

1927 – 1st iron lung installed (Bellevue hospital, NY)

1932 – Great Depression in Washington, D.C., U.S. troops dispense the last of the “Bonus Army” of World War I veterans.

1947 – Gas leak explodes in a beauty, 10 women die in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

1953 – US bomber shot down by Soviet Air Defense Forces in the Sea of Japan, north of Viadivostok.

1955 – Smokey Burgess hits 3 HRs to help Pirates beat Reds, 16-5.

1958 – US President Eisenhower signs into law National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958.

1959 – First United States Congress elections in Hawaii as a state of the Union.

1969 – Mariner 6 begins transmitting fare-encounter photos of Mars.

1974 – 2nd impeachment vote against Nixon by House Judiciary Committee.

1975 – Gerald Ford became 1st US President to visit Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.

1983 – Steve Garvey ends his NL record 1,207 consecutive game streak.

1996 – The controversial child protection portion of the Communications Decency Act (1996) is struck down as too broad by a U.S. federal court.

2015 – Microsoft launches Windows 10.

2016 – Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for US President at Democratic convention in Philadelphia – first woman by a major US party.

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