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This Day in History – The Government

On July 26, 1775, this government agency is established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first leader. Franklin (1706-1790) put in place the foundation for many aspects that are still in use today

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This Day in History – Spies

In Paris, France, on July 25, 1917, this exotic dancer is sentenced to death by a French court for spying on Germany's behalf during World War I. - This Day in History

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This Day in History – Tourist Destinations

On July 24, 1911, American archeologist Hiram Bingham gets his first look at this ancient Inca settlement in Peru that is now one of the world's top tourist destinations. - This Day in History

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This Day in History – Former Presidents

On July 23 in 1885, just after completing his memoirs, this Civil War hero and former President dies of throat cancer. - This Day in History

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This Day in History – Public Enemy

On July 22, 1934, outside Chicago's Biograph Theatre, this notorious criminal - America's "Public Enemy No. 1" - is killed in a hail of bullets fired by federal agents. In a fiery bank-robbing career that lasted just over a year, he and his associates robbed 11 banks for more than $300,000, broke jail and narrowly escaped capture multiple times, and killed seven police officers and three federal agents

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This Day in History – Archeology

On July 19, 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte's Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The irregularly shaped slab contained fragments of passages written in three different scripts: Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic

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This Day in History – U.S. Presidents

On July 18 in 1940, this president, who first took office in 1933 as America's 32nd president, is nominated for an unprecedented third term. He would eventually be elected to a record four terms in office, the only U

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This Day in History – Vacation Time

This metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy, and futurism, opens on July 17, 1955. The $17 million theme park was built on 160 acres of former orange groves in Anaheim, California, and soon brought in staggering profits

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This Day in History – Manhattan Project

On July 16, 1945, at 5:29:45 a.m., the Manhattan Project comes to an explosive end as this is successfully tested in Alamogordo, New Mexico. - This Day in History

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This Day in History – Art

On July 15 in 1606 one of the art world's great masters is born in Leiden. His humble origins may help account for the uncommon depth of compassion given to the human subjects of his art. His more than 600 paintings, many of them portraits or self-portraits, are characterized by rich brushwork and color, and a dramatic interplay of shadow and light

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