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This Day in History – July 13

1787 – Congress establishes Northwest Territory.
1832 – Source of Mississippi River discovered by American geographer Henry Schoolcraft.
1836 – US patent #1 (after 9,957 unnumbered patents), for locomotive wheels.
1854 – US forces shell & burn San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua.
1865 – Horace Greeley reputedly advises his readers to “Go west young man”
1865 – P T Barnum’s museum burns down.
1919 – Chicago White Sox pitcher Carl Mays walks off mound blaming teammates for lack of support afield.
1923 – The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles.  It originally reads “Hollywoodland” but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949.
1930 – Sarnoff reports in NY Times “TV would be a theater in every home”
1939 – Frank Sinatra makes his recording debut.
1958 – 87th British Golf Open: Peter Thomson shoots a 278 at Royal Lytham.
1958 – 13th US Women’s Open Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright.
1960 – US Democratic convention nominates JFK as presidential candidate.
1963 – Early Wynn, wins his 300th & last game at 43 years of age.
1966 – Richard Speck murders 8 nurses in Chicago.
1975 – Carol Mann wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic.
1978 – Lee Iacocca fired as Ford Motor President by chairman Henry Ford II.
1984 – Eddie Van Halen joins in, in a Jacksons concert.
1987 – Federal judge throws out Bette Midler’s $10 million suit against Ford Motor Co, who used a sound alike voice for their TV commercials.
1993 – All star MVP: Kirby Puckett (Minnesota Twins)
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