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This Day in History for June 30

1870 – Ada Kepley becomes the 1st American female law college graduate (Old University of Chicago, later Northwestern)

1896 – W.S. Hadaway patents electric stove.

1898 – Winton Motor Carriage Company publishes the first known automobile ad in Scientific American using the headline “dispense with a horse”

1906 – US Congress passes the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act; these laws owe much to the expose journalism of the period (Upton Sinclair’s ‘The Jungle’ in particular)

1918 – Prominent US Socialist and Pacifist Eugene Debs is arrested on charges of denouncing the government, a violation of the Espionage Act of 1917.

1929 – US Open Men’s Golf, Winged Foot CC: Bobby Jones wins his third US Open title in a 35-hole playoff, dominating Al Espinosa by 23 strokes on the West Course.

1936 – 40 hour work week law approved for US federal employees.

1940 – US Fish and Wildlife Service forms.

1944 – World War II: The Battle of Cherbourg ends with the fall of the strategically valuable port to American forces.

1952 – “Guiding Light” soap opera moves from radio to TV.

1953 – 1st Chevrolet Corvette manufactured.

1960 – US stops sugar import from Cuba.

1965 – NFL grants Atlanta Falcons a franchise.

1967 – Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. named 1st black astronaut.

1977 – US Railway Post Office final train run (NY to Washington, D.C.)

1985 – “The King & I” closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 191 performances.

1989 – Congressman Lukins found guilty of having sex with a 16 year old girl.

1999 – NBA Draft: Duke power Elton Brand first pick by Chicago Bulls.

2012 – Mid-Atlantic storms in the United States kill 13 and leave millions without power in Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

2014 – US Supreme Court rules that family-owned corporations can reject provisions of ‘Obamacare’ on religious grounds.

2019 – President Donald Trump becomes first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea in the Korean Demilitarized Zone meeting Kim Jong Un.


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