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This Day in History – July 16

  • 07/15/2017
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This Day In History1439 –¬†Kissing is banned in England (to stop germs from spreading).

1790 – Congress declares the city of Washington in the District of Columbia, the permanent capital of the United States.

1798 – US Pubic Health forms & US Marine Hospital authorized.

1867 – D R Averill patents ready-mixed paint.

1867 – Joseph Monier patents reinforced concrete.

1902 – John McGraw named manager of the NY Giants.

1920 – Gen. Amos Fries appointed 1st US army chemical warfare chief.

1935 – First automatic parking meter in the United States is installed in Oklahoma, City, Oklahoma.

1936 – 1st x-ray photo of arterial circulation, Rochester, NY.

1951 – Novel “Catcher in Rye” by J.D. Salinger published by Little Brown and Company.

1956 – Detroit Tigers & Briggs Stadium sold for then record $5.5 million.

1957 – US Marine Major John Glenn sets transcontinental speed record (03:28:08)

1969 – Apollo 11 launched, carrying 1st men to land on Moon.

1972 – Smokey Robinson & Miracles final live performance.

1973 – During Watergate hearings, Butterfield reveals existence of tapes.

1980 – Ronald Reagan nominated for US President by Republicans in Detroit.

1988 – Carl Lewis runs a wind-assisted 100 meter in 9.78 seconds.

1999 – John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.¬† The Piper Saratoga aircraft was piloted by Kennedy.

2005 – “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, the 6th book in the series by J.K. Rowling, is published worldwide.¬† 9 million copies sell in 24 hours.

2016 – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announces Indiana governor Mike Pence as his Vice Presidential running mate.

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