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Jul 25, 1952: Puerto Rico became a commonwealth of the United States.

Jul 25, 1978: The world's first test-tube baby, Louise Joy Brown, was born in Lancashire, England.

Jul 25, 1984: Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space.

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Jul 25, 1866: Tennessee became the first Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union.

Jul 25, 1862: Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States, died in Kinderhook, N.Y.

Jul 25, 1937: Charges against five black men accused of raping two white women in the Scottsboro case were dropped.

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Jul 23, 1829: William Burt patented a forerunner of the typewriter.

Jul 23, 1885: Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died at Mount McGregor, N.Y., at age 63.

Jul 23, 1952: Revolution erupted in Egypt as the military took power in a bloodless coup. The following year the monarchy was abolished and, for the first time since the pharaohs, Egypt was again ruled by Egyptians.

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Jul 23, 1933: Wiley Post became the first person to fly solo around the world.

Jul 23, 1975: Congress restored Confederate general Robert E. Lee's U.S. citizenship.

Jul 23, 1990: Greg LeMond won his third Tour de France. A Minnesota native, Lemond was the first American to win the great French cycling race.

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Jul 21, 1873: The first train robbery west of the Mississippi was pulled off by Jesse James and his gang.

Jul 21, 1925: In the "Monkey Trial," John T. Scopes was found guilty of violating Tennessee state law by teaching evolution.

Jul 21, 1998: Astronaut Alan Shepard died.

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Jul 21, 1969: Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong was the first man to walk on the Moon.

Jul 21, 1985: Treasure hunters found the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, which sank off the coast of Key West, Fla., in 1622 during a hurricane. The ship contained over 400 million in coins and silver ingots.

Jul 21, 1810: Colombia declared independence from Spain.

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Jul 20, 1941: Winston Churchill was the first to use the two-finger "V is for Victory" sign.

Jul 20, 1966: Fifty year-old singer Frank Sinatra married 21-year-old actress Mia Farrow.

Jul 20, 1984: Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman nominated for the vice-presidency by a major political party.

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Jul 19, 64: A great fire began that ultimately destroyed most of Rome. The emperor Nero blamed it on Christians and began the first Roman persecution of them.

Jul 19, 1925: The first volume of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf was published.


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