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This Day in History for July 8

1776 – Colonel John Nixon gives the 1st public reading of the Declaration of Independence to an assemblage of citizens in Philadelphia.

1796 – US State Department issues 1st passport.

1835 – Liberty bell cracks (again).

1870 – Governor Holden of North Carolina declares Caswell County to be in a state of insurrection.

1889 – Wall Street Journal begins publishing.

1905 – Part of Angel Island in San Francisco Bay allocated for Immigration Detention Center.

1915 – The Germans reply to US President Woodrow Wilson’s second Lusitania note by saying that Americans may sail on clearly marked neutral ships, but Germany does not deal with Wilson’s other demands.

1932 – Depression low point of Dow Jones Industrial Average, 41.22.

1933 – Public Works Administration become effective.

1947 – Demolition begins for UN HQ in NYC.

1963 – US bans all monetary transactions with Cuba.

1965 – Joe Morgan is 1st Houston baseball player with 6 hits in a game.

1972 – US sells grain to USSR for $750 million.

1981 – Senate confirms Sandra Day O’Conner to Supreme Court (99-0)

1988 – Miami Arena opens in Miami, Florida.

1994 – Space shuttle STS-65 (Columbia 17), launches.

1999 – Allen Lee Davis is executed by electrocution by the state of Florida, the last use of the electric chair for capital punishment in Florida.

2011 – Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

2015 – The New York Stock Exchange stops trading for nearly four hours due to a technical error.

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