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2017 

July 28th - Today in American History1854 - USS Constellation, the last all-sail warship originally built in 1797 by the United States Navy and modified several times in succeeding decades is commissioned. (pictured below)1896 - The city of Miami, FL, with a population of just over 300, was offic...
07/28/2017
July 27th - Today in American History 1789 - The House of Representatives and Senate approved legislation to establish a Department of Foreign Affairs and President Washington signed it into law, making it the first federal agency to be created under the new Constitution, later to be known as the...
07/28/2017
July 26th - Today in American History 1775 - Congress establishes the United States Post Office and names Benjamin Franklin the first United States postmaster general. The prior year, he had been fired as joint postmaster general of the colonies for opening and publishing Massachussetts Royal Gov...
07/26/2017
July 25th - Today in American History  1866 – The U.S. Congress passes legislation authorizing the rank of “General of the Army of the United States”. Ulysses S. Grant is the first American officer to be promoted to this rank. 1868 - Wyoming becomes a United States territory by an act of Congress...
07/25/2017
July 24th - Today in American History1701 - Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founds the trading post on the straits between Lake Erie and Lake Saint Clair at Fort Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit (Detroit is the French word meaning “the straits”)  (and it’s my birthplace)1847 - ...
07/24/2017
July 23rd - Today in American History1715 – The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction by the Massachusetts legislature at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts. The Boston Light was ready for use by mid-September the following year.1827 - The first swimming school in the U.S...
07/23/2017
July 22nd - Today in American History1796 – Surveyors of the Connecticut Land Company name an area in Ohio "Cleveland" after Gen. Moses Cleaveland, the superintendent of the surveying party.1893 – Katharine Lee Bates write “America the Beautiful”, inspired by several sights during her train trip ...
07/22/2017
July 21st - Today in American History 1733 - John Winthrop was granted the first honorary Doctor of Law Degree given by Harvard College in Cambridge, MA. 1861 - The first major battle of the U.S. Civil War began with the Battle of Bull Run at Manassas Junction, VA. The Confederates won the battle...
07/21/2017
July 20th - Today in American History1858 - The first admission of 50 cents was charged for a major league baseball game at Fashion Race Course on Long Island, N.Y. between Brooklyn and New York, the players did not receive a salary (until 1863). (pictured above)1868 - Legislation was passed that...
07/20/2017
July 19th - Today in American History 1848 - The Women's Rights Convention held by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (picture above) and Lucretia C. Mott took place in Seneca Fall, NY. where they introduced Bloomers, a "scandalous" knee-length, loose-fitting pants worn under a dress. 1860 - The 1st railroad...
07/19/2017
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