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This Day in History – July 17, 2011




1775 1st military hospital approved 1794 African Church of St Thomas in Philadelphia, dedicated 1794 Richard Allen organizes Philadelphia’s Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church 1841 British humor magazine “Punch” 1st published 1850 Harvard Observatory takes 1st photograph of a star (Vega) 1861 Congress authorizes paper money 1862 US army authorized to accept blacks as laborers 1863 Battle of Honey Springs, largest battle of war in Indian Territory 1864 CSA President Davis replaces Gen Joe Johnston with John Bell Hood 1867 1st permanent university dental school in US, Harvard 1879 1st railroad opens in Hawaii 1897 1st ship arrives in Seattle carrying gold from the Yukon 1898 Spanish American War-Spaniards surrender to US at Santiago Cuba 1902 Baltimore (AL) didn’t have enough men to field their team 1917 British Royal family changes its name from Hanover to Windsor 1918 Longest errorless game, Cubs beat Phillies 2-1 in 21 innings 1945 Potsdam Conference (FDR, Stalin, Churchill) holds 1st meeting 1948 Proclamation of the constitution of the Republic of (South) Korea 1954 Construction begins on Disneyland. . . 1955 . . . Disneyland opens its doors in rural Orange County 1955 Arco, Idaho becomes 1st US city lit by nuclear power 1962 Senate rejects medicare for the aged 1964 Don Campbell sets record for turbine vehicle, 690.91 kph (429.31 mph) 1966 Jim Ryun sets mile record (3m51s3) 1966 Pioneer 7 launched 1967 Monkees perform at Forest Hills NY, Jimi Hendrix is opening act 1968 Beatle’s animated film “Yellow Submarine” premiers in London 1972 1st 2 women begin training as FBI agents at Quantico 1974 1st quadraphonic studio in UK is open by the Moody Blues 1974 John Lennon is ordered to leave the US in 60 days 1975 Apollo 18 & Soyuz 19 make 1st US/USSR linkup in space 1978 Reggie Jackson refusal to bunt causes mgr Billy Martin to suspend him 1984 Soyuz T-12 carries 3 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 7 1988 Highest temperature ever recorded in San Francisco, 103ø F (39ø C) 1990 Hussein’s Revolutionary Day speech claims Kuwait stole oil from Iraq]]]]> ]]>

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