Historical happenings

7/31/1792 ~ Cornerstone laid for 1st US government building: US Mint in Philadelphia

7/31/1813 ~ British invade Plattsburgh NY

7/31/1948 ~ US President Harry Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (now Kennedy Airport), NY

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7/30/1866 ~ New Orleans’s Democratic government orders police to raid an integrated Republican Party meeting, killing 40 people and injuring 150.

7/30/1909 ~ Wright Brothers deliver 1st military plane to the army

7/30/1916 ~ German saboteurs blow up a munitions plant on Black Tom Island, NJ

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7/29/1715 ~ 10 Spanish treasure galleons sinks off Florida coast by hurricane

7/29/1920 ~ 1st transcontinental airmail flight from NY to SF

7/29/1938 ~ Comic strip “Dennis the Menace,” 1st appears

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7/28/1794 ~ French Revolution figure Robespierre & 22 other leaders of “the Terror” guillotined to thunderous cheers in Paris

7/28/1851 ~ Total solar eclipse captured on a daguerreotype photograph

7/28/1868 ~ US Secretary of State William H. Seward announces 14th Amendment ratified by states, grants citizenship to ex-slaves

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7/27/1759 ~ US troops destroy Fort Apalachicola, a Seminole fort, to punish Indians for harboring runaway slaves

7/27/1837 ~ US Mint opens in Charlotte, North Carolina

7/27/1844 ~ Fire destroys US mint at Charlotte, North Carolina

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7/26/1759 ~ 11,000 British troops drive a token French garison of 400 out of Fort Ticonderoga, New York

7/26/1878 ~ In California, poet and American West outlaw calling himself “Black Bart” makes his last clean getaway when he steals a safe box from a Wells Fargo stagecoach. The empty box found later with a taunting poem inside.

7/26/1903 ~ 1st automobile trip across the United States (SF-NY) completed by Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker

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7/25/1722 ~ The Three Years War begins along the Maine and Massachusetts border.

7/25/1814 ~ Battle of Niagara Falls (Lundy’s Lane); Americans defeat British

7/25/1861 ~ Washington, D.C. – Crittenden resolution is passed stating that the war is to be fought to preserve union & uphold the Constitution, not to alter slavery