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This Day in History for July 7

1802 – 1st comic book “The Wasp” is published in Hudson, New York criticizing Republican politicians.

1863 – 1st military draft by US (exemptions cost $100)

1891 – Marcellus F. Berry, an American Express employee is granted four copyrights for what he called “the travelers cheque”

1908 – Great White Fleet leaves San Francisco Bay.

1928 – Sliced bread sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company, Missouri, using a machine invented by Otto Fredrick Rohwedder. Described as the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.

1952 – SS United States cross Atlantic in record 82:40.

1958 – President Eisenhower signed a bill approving Alaskan statehood.

1958 – William Shea outlines plans for a $12M stadium at Flushing Meadows, NY.

1960 – USSR shoots down a US aircraft over Barents sea.

1961 – James R Hoffa elected chairman of Teamsters.

1965 – Otis Redding records “Respect”

1966 – Obscenity ban for “Naked Lunch” by William S. Burroughs is overturned by the Massachusetts Supreme Court after testimony by Allen Ginsberg and Norman Mailer.

1972 – 1st women FBI members sworn in (Susan Lynn Roley & Joanne E Pierce)

1973 – All women board of directors takes control of ABA’s Kentucky Colonels.

1976 – 119 women joined the Corps of Cadets, establishing the first class of women in the US Military Academy at West Point.

1987 – Kiwanis Clubs end men-only tradition, vote to admit women.

1996 – Space Shuttle STS 78 (Columbia 20), lands.

2001 – In his first appearance at Daytona since the death of father Dale Earnhardt, Sr., Dale Jr. wins Pepsi 400 coming from 7th with 9 laps remaining to beat teammate Michael Waltrip.

2016 – In Dallas, Texas, long gunman shots and kills five officers, wounding others during a protest march against fatal police shootings of African Americans.

2017 – Tesla Motors produces its first mass-market car, the Model 3.

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