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This Day In History – July 23rd

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1715: The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts.

• 1827: The first swimming school in the U.S. opened in Boston. Its pupils included John Quincy Adams and James Audubon.

• 1903: In Detroit, Michigan, the Ford Motor Company sold its first automobile, which featured a twin-cylinder internal combustion engine designed and manufactured by Henry Ford.

• 1904: Some people say the ice cream cone was invented today by Charles E. Menches during the World’s Fair/Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis.

• 1982: Diet Coke was introduced.

• 2003: In Ft. Worth, Texas, Fred McDugan was trying to conserve our natural resources when he walked into a Wells Fargo bank and handed the teller a holdup note written on an old sheet of paper. He got his cash and was out of the building before the teller turned the sheet over and saw just what it was. It was Fred’s resume with a piece of black construction paper covering his name. The cops peeled away the tape and quickly made the arrest.

• 2010: One Direction was formed during the show X-Factor.

• 2015: NASA’s Kepler mission announced the discovery of the most Earth-like planet yet: Kepler-452b, 1,400 light-years from Earth.

• 2020: China launched its first mission to Mars.

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