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This Week in History

JULY 28

Eileen McCarthy was born.

Robert Ostrander was born.

Michael O’Brien was born.

1794 – Robespierre, one of the leading figures of the French Revolution, was sent to the guillotine.

2002 – Nine Pennsylvania coal miners were rescued after 77 hours of being trapped in a mine shaft.

JULY 29

Maddy Falik was born.

Kathy Pastina was born.

Lisa Marie Hanna was born.

1958 – President Eisenhower signed the congressional act that created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) which was authorized by Congress.

1981 – Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, married Lady Diana Spencer.

JULY 30

Mickey Blum was born.

Sharon Gabriel was born.

1956 – The phrase “In God We Trust” was adopted as the U.S. national motto.

2002 – Lisa Leslie became the first woman to dunk in a professional basketball game.

JULY 31

1954 – Mount Godwin-Austen (K2), the world’s second-highest peak, was climbed for the first time, by an Italian team led by Ardito Desio.

AUGUST 1

Sarah Romulo was born.

1946 – President Truman signed the congressional acts that established the Atomic Energy Commission and the Fulbright Scholarship program.

1981 – MTV made its debut at 12:01 AM. The first video shown was Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles.

AUGUST 2

Zachary Dunn was born.

Fred Marino was born.

Jerry Rea was born.

Kevin and Kathy Boyle were married.

1909 – The first Lincoln penny was issued.

AUGUST 3

1949 – The National Basketball Association was formed.

1981 – U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike.

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