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This Day in History for July 9

1785 – James Swan pays off the $2,024,899 US national debt.

1878 – American inventor Henry Tibbe patents an improved corncob pipe design.

1910 – Walter Brookin becomes 1st to pilot an airplane to 1 mile altitude.

1918 – US Congress creates Distinguished Service Medal (not to be confused with other countries’ decorations of the same name)

1932 – Washington Redskins (then Boston Braves) formed.

1944 – In World War II, US troops secure Saipan as Japan falls.

1948 – Satchel Paige, 52, debuts in majors pitching 2 scoreless innings for Cleveland.

1951 – US President Harry Truman asks Congress to formally end state of war with Grammy.

1953 – 1st helicopter passenger service (NYC)

1955 – Bill Haley & Comets’ “Rock Around the Clock” tops the billboard chart, one of the best-selling singles ever.

1960 – British Open Men’s Golf, St. Andrews: Australian Kel Nagle wins his only major title by 1 stroke from Arnold Palmer in the centenary year of the Open Championship.

1968 – Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first reigning NBA MVP to be traded the next season when he moves from Philadelphia 76’ers to LA Lakers.

1970 – In Atlanta, Chief-No-ka-homa is joined by cousin Chief Round-the-Horn.

1978 – “Hello, Dolly!” closes at Lunt-Fountanne Theater NYC after 152 performances.

1981 – Jacksons begin a 36-city tour.

1987 – Colonel Oliver North admits to shredding Iran-Contra evidence.

1992 – Space Shuttle STS 50 (Columbia 13) lands.

1996 – US Senate approves 90 cents raise to $4.25 minimum wage.

2017 – CEO Elon Musk is the first owner of Telsa’s first mass market electric car – the Model 3.

2018 – US President Donald Trump names Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee.

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