Thursday, July 16, 2015

Today in History: Thursday, July 16, 2015

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On July 16, 1945, the United States exploded its first experimental atomic bomb, in the desert near Alamogordo, N.M.
 
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On this date in:
1790The District of Columbia was established as the seat of the U.S. government.
1951J.D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher in the Rye" was published.
1957Marine Maj. John Glenn set a transcontinental speed record when he flew a jet from California to New York in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds.
1964In accepting the Republican presidential nomination in San Francisco, Barry M. Goldwater said "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" and "moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."
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1969Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the moon.
1973Former White House aide Alexander P. Butterfield publicly revealed the existence of President Richard Nixon's secret taping system during the Senate Watergate hearings.
1979Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq. 
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1980Ronald Reagan won the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Detroit.
1999John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister died when the single-engine plane Kennedy was piloting plunged into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
2004Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of home confinement by a federal judge for lying about a stock sale.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actor-comedian Will Ferrell turns 48 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Dick ThornburghFormer U.S. attorney general83
Margaret Smith CourtTennis Hall of Famer73
Ruben BladesSinger, actor67
Stewart CopelandRock musician (The Police)63
Tony KushnerPlaywright59
Michael FlatleyDancer57
Phoebe CatesActress52
Barry SandersFootball Hall of Famer47
Corey FeldmanActor44
AnnaLynne McCordActress ("Nip/Tuck," "90210")28
Actress Jayma Mays ("Glee") turns 36 years old today.
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