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This Day in History July 31

1790 – 1st US patent granted, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.

1876 – US Coast Guard officers’ training school established (New Bedford, Massachusetts)

1932 – Cleveland Indians christen their new home, Municipal Stadium before more than 76,000 fans; lose opener, 1-0 to the Philadelphia A’s.

1944 – US troops occupy Sansapor, New-Guinea.

1948 – US President Harry Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (now Kennedy Airport), NY.

1964 – Al Parker glides 644 miles without a motor.

1965 – Cigarette advertising banned on British TV.

1969 – Mariner 6 makes its closest approach to planet Mars at 341 km.

1969 – National Guard mobilizes in racial disturbances in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

1971 – Apollo 15 astronauts take 6 1/2 hour electric car ride on Moon.

1973 – Delta Airlines DC-9 crashes in fog at Logan Airport, Boston, killing all but one of 89 aboard. Lone survivor dies 5 months later.

1980 – Hurricane Allen forms in the Atlantic Ocean, will go on to become the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin with winds of 190mph.

1987 – Rockwell International awarded contract to build a 5th shuttle.

1988 – Last Playboy Club closes in Lansing, Michigan.

1991 – Russia and US sign long range nuclear weapons reduction pact.

1991 – Senate votes to allow women to fly combat aircraft.

2014 – The US agrees to resupply arms to Israel – including rocket launchers, mortar rounds, grenades – despite condemnation of civilian casualties in Gaza.

2017 – Anthony Scaramucci removed as White House Communications Director after less than 2 weeks.

2018 – Facebook discloses and removes Russian-linked network of sites attempting to interfere in American politics.

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