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On This Day: July 08th

This is 189th day of the year and 176 days remain in the year.

in history
1776
The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was given in Philadelphia, Pa.
1777
Vermont became the first colony to abolish slavery.
1889
The Wall Street Journal began publication.
1950
General Douglas MacArthur was named commander-in-chief of the United Nations forces in Korea.
1958
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awarded the first official gold album. It was for the Oklahoma soundtrack.
1986
Kurt Waldheim was inaugurated as president of Austria.
2011
The space shuttle Atlantis launches into space for the last time from the Kennedy Space Center. It is the 135th and final flight of the space shuttle program, which started in 1981. For its final mission, the Atlantis is carrying 8,000 lbs of spare parts and supplies to the International Space Station. The space shuttle program officially ends when the Atlantis returns two weeks later.
July 08 BirthdaysJohn D. Rockefeller1839–1937, American industrialist and philanthropist, b. Richford, N.Y..
Kevin Baconactor
Julia Carsonpolitician
Nelson A. Rockefellerpublic official
Jean de La Fontainepoet
Joseph Chamberlainstatesman
Ferdinand Zeppelinairship inventor and builder
Anjelica Hustonactress



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