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This Day in History – July 7

This Day In History

1862 – Land Grant Act endows state college with federal land.

1863 – 1st military draft by US (exemptions cost $100)

1875 – Jesse James robs train in Otterville, Missouri.

1914 – Baltimore Orioles owner Jack Dunn offers Babe Ruth, Ernie Shore & Ben Egan for $10k to Connie Mack (Philadelphia A’s), refuses pleading poverty.

1928 – Sliced bread sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company, Missouri, using a machine invented by Otto Fredrick Rohwedder.  Described as the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.

1941 – US forces land in Iceland to forestall Nazi invasion.

1949 – “Dragnet” premieres on NBC radio; also a TV series in 1951 & 1967.

1956 – “Hancock’s Half Hour” premieres as a TV show starring Tony Hancock and Sid James, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

1958 – President Eisenhower signed a bill approving Alaskan statehood.

1960 – USSR shoots down a US aircraft over Barents Sea.

1965 – Otis Redding records “Respect”

1967 – Doors’ “Light My Fire” hits #1.

1973 – All women board of directors takes control of ABA’s Kentucky Colonels.

1975 – TV soap opera “Ryan’s Hope” premieres.

1980 – Jim King completes riding Miracle Strip Rider roller coaster 368 hours.

1987 – Kiwanis Clubs end men-only tradition, vote to admit women.

1991 – Nolan Ryan possible 8th no-hitter ends in the 8th inning.

1996 – 17th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Dave Stockton wins.

2017 – Tesla Motors produces its first mass-market car, the Model 3.

2017 – United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty adopted in New York, without participation of nuclear countries.

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