Category: This Day in History

July 15, 1959 – The steel strike of 1959 begins, leading to significant importation of foreign steel for the first time in United States history.

July 14, 1933 – The Nazi Party is declared to be the country’s only legal party and the Nazi eugenics program begins with the

July 13, 1973 – Alexander Butterfield reveals the existence of the “Nixon tapes” to the special Senate committee investigating the Watergate break-in.

July 12, 1973 – A fire destroys the entire sixth floor of the National Personnel Records Center of the United States.

July 11, 1969 — David Bowie, British musician, released his single “Space Oddity,” supposedly in conjunction with the upcoming July 20, Apollo 11 moon landing.

July 10, 1942 – World War II: An American pilot spots a downed, intact Mitsubishi A6M Zero on Akutan Island (the “Akutan Zero”) that the US Navy uses to learn the aircraft’s flight characteristics.

July 9, 1962 – Operation Starfish Prime tests the effects of a nuclear blast at orbital altitudes.

July 8, 2011 – Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

July 7, 1958 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Alaska Statehood Act into law.

July 6, 1976 — The U.S. Naval Academy admitted women for the first time in its history with the induction of 81 female midshipmen.