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This Day in History – July 26

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This Day In History

1775 – United States Post Office (USPO) created in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin.

1790 – US passes Assumption bill making US responsible for state debts.

1835 – 1st sugar cane plantation started in Hawaii.

1847 – Moses Garrish Farmer builds 1st miniature train for children to ride.

1903 – 1st automobile trip across the United States (SF-NY) completed by Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker.

1908 – United States Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte issues an order to immediately staff the Office of the Chief Examiner (later renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

1917 – J. Edgar Hoover gets job in US Department of Justice.

1938 – 1st radio broadcast of “Young Wilder Brown” on NBC.

1946 – President Harry Truman orders desegregation of all US forces.

1947 – President Truman signs National Security Act (1947), establishing Department of Defense, CIA, National Security Council and Joint Chiefs of Staff.

1958 – Army launches 4th US successful satellite, Explorer, IV.

1962 – Milwaukee Brave Warren Spahn sets HR record of 31 by a pitcher.

1964 – Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa convicted of fraud & conspiracy.

1972 – Rockwell receives NASA contract to construct Space Shuttle.

1984 – Expos Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with his 3,052nd single.

1990 – General Hospital records its 7,000th episode.

1990 – President Bush signs Americans With Disabilities Act.

1998 – 19th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Hale Irwin.

2005 – Space Shuttle program: STS-114 Mission – Launch of Discovery, NASA’s first scheduled flight mission after the Columbia Disaster in 2003.

2014 – The Chinese government suspends the operation of a Shanghai meat dealer and makes arrests after the company sold out-of-date meat to fast food chains, including McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken.