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This Day in History – July 14, 2011




1789 Bastille Day-citizens of Paris storm Bastille prison 1798 1st direct federal tax on the states-on dwellings, land & slaves 1798 Sedition Act prohibits “false, scandalous & malicious” writing against US government 1832 Opium exempted from federal tariff duty 1845 1st postmasters’ provisional stamps issued, NYC 1850 1st public demonstration of ice made by refrigeration 1853 Pres Franklin Pierce opens 1st industrial exposition (NY) 1865 1st ascent of Matterhorn 1868 Tape measure enclosed in a circular case patented, AJ Fellows, Ct 1914 Robert Hutchins Goddard patents a liquid-fuel rocket motor 1927 1st commercial airplane flight in Hawaii 1950 RE Wayne awarded 1st Distinguished Flying Cross in Korea 1951 1st color telecast of a sporting event (CBS-horse race) 1951 Citation becomes 1st horse to win $1,000,000 in races 1953 1st natl monument dedicated to a Negro-George Washington Carver 1959 1st atomic powered cruiser, the Long Beach, Quincy Mass 1962 Braves Hank Aaron hits HR #500 1966 Richard Speck rapes & kills 8 nurses in a Chicago dormitory 1973 Phil Everly storms off stage declaring an end to the Everly Brothers 1974 Bundy victms Janice Ott & Denise Naslund disappear, Lk Sammamish, WA 1975 EPCOT Center (Florida) plans announced 1976 Jimmy Carter wins Democratic pres nomination in NY 1985 Last USFL game-Baltimore Stars defeat Oakland Invaders, 28-24 1987 Lt Col Oliver North concludes 6 days of Congressional testimony]]]]> ]]>

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