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07-26-2012, 01:12 PM
Lead Story
U.S. postal system established, 1775
American Revolution
Congress establishes U.S. Post Office, 1775
Three race fans killed at Michigan Speedway, 1998
Civil War
Confederate leader John Hunt Morgan captured, 1863
Cold War
Truman signs the National Security Act, 1947
Real-life Psycho Ed Gein dies, 1984
Grasshoppers bring ruin to Midwest, 1931
General Interest
Liberian independence proclaimed, 1847
FBI founded, 1908
Winston Churchill resigns, 1945
Egypt nationalizes the Suez Canal, 1956
Entertainer Mick Jagger born, 1943
William Faulkner begins a screenwriting stint, 1942
Van McCoy's "The Hustle" is the #1 song in America, 1975
Old West
Officer Wyatt Earp fatally wounds cowboy, 1878
John Quincy Adams marries Louisa Johnson, 1797
Bob Mathias wins second Olympic decathlon, 1952
Vietnam War
South Vietnamese opposition leader tried and sentenced, 1968
South Vietnamese troops raise flag over Quang Tri, 1972
World War I
Australians battle Germans at Pozieres, 1916
World War II
United States freezes Japanese assets, 1941


07-26-2012, 03:29 PM
1845 - The U.S. flag was raised on St. Joseph Island by a detachment of United States troops. The troops had landed to protect Texas from Mexican interference after annexation. The main force landed on August 1.

1846 - John Baker Omohundro, also known as "Texas Jack", was born. He was a frontier scout, actor and cowboy. He is credited with introducing roping acts to the American stage.

1863 - Sam Houston died. Houston had opposed Texas' secession from the Union.

1887 - The Union Stock Yards were chartered in Fort Worth, which had earned the nickname "Cowtown" for its commerce in livestock.


1775 - Ben Franklin is named first postmaster general (see lead story in previous post)

1908 - the forerunner of the FBI was formed by US Attorney General C J Bonaparte.