Historical happenings

7/22/1789 ~ Thomas Jefferson becomes the first head of the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs.

7/22/18+4 ~ The first automobile race takes place between Paris and Rouen, France.

7/22/1934 ~ American gangster John Dillinger is shot dead by FBI officers outside a Chicago cinema.

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7/21/1865 ~ Wild Bill Hickok kills gunman Dave Tutt in Springfield, Missouri, in what is regarded as the first formal quick-draw duel.

7/21/1906 ~ French Captain Alfred Dreyfus is vindicated of his earlier court-martial for spying for Germany.

7/21/1954The French sign an armistice with the Viet Minh that ends the war but divides Vietnam into two countries.

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7/20/1917 ~ Alexander Kerensky becomes the premier of Russia.

7/20/1969 ~ Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin become the first men to walk on the moon..

7/20/1976 ~ The Viking spacecraft lands on Mars and begins taking soil samples.

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7/19/1799 ~ The Rosetta Stone, a tablet with hieroglyphic translations into Greek, is found in Egypt.

7/19/1943 ~ More than 150 B-17 and 112 B-24 bombers attack Rome for the first time..

7/19/1975 ~ Apollo and Soyuz spacecrafts dock in orbit.

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7/18/1877 ~ Inventor Thomas Edison records the human voice for the first time.

7/18/1936 ~ General Francisco Franco of Spain revolts against the Republican government, starting the Spanish Civil War.

7/18/1942 ~ The German Me-262, the first jet-propelled aircraft to fly in combat, makes its first flight.

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7/17/1801 ~ The U.S. fleet arrives in Tripoli.

7/17/1960 ~ American pilot Francis Gary Powers pleads guilty to spying charges in a Moscow court.

7/17/1987 ~ Lt. Col. Oliver North and Rear Adm. John Poindexter begin testifying to Congress regarding the Iran-Contra scandal.

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7/16/1882 ~ Mary Todd Lincoln, the widow of Abraham Lincoln, dies of a stroke.

7/16/1945 ~ The United States detonates the first atomic bomb in a test at Alamogordo, N. M.

7/16/1969 ~ Apollo 11 blasts off from Cape Kennedy, Florida, heading for a landing on the moon.