07/18/2024
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1870 – North Carolina Governor William Woods Holden declares Caswell County to be in a state of insurrection.

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

1913 – Alfred Carlton Gilbert’s patent for the Erector Set is issued. It becomes one of the most popular toys of all times.

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

1943 – United States invasion fleet passes Bizerte, Tunisia during World War II.

1950 – General Douglas MacArthur named commander-in-chief of United Nations forces in Korea.

1963 – United States bans all monetary transactions with Cuba.

1969 – United States troops begin withdrawal from Vietnam.

1972 – United States sells grain to USSR for $750 million.

1976 – Randy Jones wins National League record 16 games before All Star break.

1988 – Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992, but does not follow through..

1994 – Preliminary trial rules there is enough evidence to try O.J. Simpson for murder.

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

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

2008 – Businessman T. Boone Pickens announces his “Pickens Plan,” an energy policy that moves away from imported oil.

2010 – During the first round of the John Deere Classic, Paul Goydos becomes the fourth, and oldest player, in PGA Tour history to shoot 59, which included 12 birdies and six pars.

2011 – Space Shuttle 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.

2019 – Deutsche Bank begins laying off 18,000 employees worldwide as part of a large overhaul of its operation.

2019 – Financier Jeffrey Epstein indicted on further charges of sex trafficking of minors.

2021 – President Joe Biden says United States troops will withdraw from Afghanistan by August 31 in spite of increased Taliban gains across the country.

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