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This Day in History for June 16

1858 – Abraham Lincoln says “A house divided against itself cannot stand” accepting Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for the Senate.

1871 – The University Tests Act allows students to enter the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Durham without religious tests, except for courses in theology.

1884 – 1st rollercoaster used (Coney Island, NY)

1893 – RW Rueckheim invents Cracker Jack.

1903 – Ford Motors under Henry Ford incorporates.

1903 – Pepsi Cola company forms.

1909 – 1st US airplane sold commercially, by Glenn Curtiss for $5,000.

1911 – A 772 gram stony meteorite strikes the earth near Kilbourn, Columbia County, Wisconsin damaging a barn.

1935 – US Congress accepts FDR’s “New Deal”

1941 – 1s US federally owned airport opened Washington, D.C.

1947 – 1st network news-Dumont’s “News from Washington”

1961 – Dave Garroway is fired as Today Show host.

1975 – Supreme Court rules uniform minimum legal fees are a violation.

1977 – Oracle Corporation is incorporated in Redwood Shores, California, as Software Development Laboratories (SDL) by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates.

1980 – US Supreme Court rules new forms of life created in labs could be patents.

1991 – Otis Nixon of Columbus County, N.C., steals NL record 6 bases in one day.

1993 – Ken Griffey, Jr. slugs his 100th career home run.

2016 – Philadelphia is the first US state to pass a tax on sweetened drinks.

2017 – US President Donald Trump reinstates Cuban travel and business restrictions after they were loosened by President Obama.

2017 – Amazon announces it is buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion.

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