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On July 30 in 1945, this ship is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sinks within minutes in shark-infested waters. Only 317 of the 1,196 men on board survived. However, the ship had already completed its major mission: the delivery of key components of the atomic bomb that would be dropped a week later at Hiroshima to Tinian Island in the South Pacific

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On July 29, 1958, the U.S. Congress passes legislation establishing this governmental agency best known by its acronym, a civilian agency responsible for coordinating America's activities in space. It has since sponsored space expeditions, both human and mechanical, that have yielded vital information about the solar system and universe

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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. - This Day in History

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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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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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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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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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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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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.S. president to serve more than two terms. - This Day in History

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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. Today, it hosts more than 14 million visitors a year, who spend close to $3 billion

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