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This Day in History… July 29, 1958

Birth of NASA and Dawn of the Space Age 

NASA’s 50th Anniversary

America ofically entered the Space Race on July 29, 1958, when Congress established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

America officially entered the Space Race on July 29, 1958 when Congress established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The Space Race had begun a little under a year earlier. In October 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, its first satellite, which orbited Earth in 98 minutes. News of this shocked Americans, who began fearing the Soviets might be able to launch nuclear weapons. Continue reading

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This Day in History… July 28, 1935

First Flight of the B-17 Flying Fortress 

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On July 28, 1935, Boeing’s Model 299, as it was called at the time, embarked on its first flight from a Seattle airfield. The plane would go on to be one of the most famous used during World War II.

As Seattle Times reporter Richard Smith watched the four-engine plane packed with machine gun mounts pass by, he called it a “Flying Fortress.” Boeing liked the name and trademarked it, designated the plane the B-17 Flying Fortress. Continue reading

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This Day in History… July 27, 1940

Bugs Bunny Makes His Cartoon Debut 

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On July 27, 1940, the world first met Bugs Bunny and heard him utter his now famous phrase, “Eh, what’s up, Doc?”

Earlier versions of an animated rabbit had been used in cartoons during the late 1930s that were directed by Ben “Bugs” Hardaway and Cal Dalton. One day, designer Charlie Thorson labeled one of the drawings “Bugs’ bunny” (after the cartoon’s director) and the name stuck. Continue reading

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This Day in History… July 26, 1775

Ben Franklin Appointed America’s First Postmaster General 

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As America waged war with the United Kingdom in the summer of 1775, the need arose for an independent mail service, not controlled by the British. On July 26, 1775, the Second Continental Congress established America’s first postal system and selected Benjamin Franklin as its first leader.

Franklin had a long history with mail service in the colonies and was an obvious choice. In 1753, he had been appointed deputy postmaster general of the American Colonies. He greatly improved the frequency and reliability of mail service. By 1761, the post office showed a profit for the first time. Continue reading

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This Day in History… July 25, 1866

‘General of the Army’ Rank Created for Ulysses S. Grant 

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Ulysses S. Grant became a household name and was considered a hero following his leadership during the Civil War. In recognition of this, Congress created an entirely new rank for him on July 25, 1866 – the four-star General of the Army of the United States.

Nothing in Grant’s early life predicted his eventual success. Grant’s father arranged a West Point appointment for his son, who did not want to be a soldier. But when the call for volunteers came at the start of the Civil War, Grant answered.

Grant impressed early on, capturing Fort Donelson and taking control of the Mississippi River during the Vicksburg Campaign. Further successes earned Grant command of the entire Union Army in 1863. In that role he worked closely with President Lincoln in developing a strategy to win the war. Continue reading

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This Day in History… July 24, 1847

Brigham Young Establishes Mormon Homeland in Salt Lake City, Utah 

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After 17 months of travel searching for a new home for his persecuted people, Brigham Young found Utah’s Great Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847 and proclaimed, “This is the place” (as pictured on this stamp).

The Church of Christ (later known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) was founded in 1830 when Joseph Smith published his Book of Mormon. The religion grew fast in his New York community and spread to Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. However, it included controversial practices, including polygamy, that made its followers targets of mob violence. Continue reading

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