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Today in History
Today in History: Friday, July  01, 2016
AP Highlight in History:
On July 1, 1966, the Medicare federal insurance program went into effect.
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On this date in:
1863The Civil War Battle of Gettysburg began.
1867Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain.
1898Theodore Roosevelt and his "Rough Riders" waged a victorious assault on San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
1916Dwight D. Eisenhower married Mary "Mamie" Geneva Doud in Denver.
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1943"Pay-as-you-go" income tax withholding began.
1961Britain's Princess Diana was born Diana Spencer near Sandringham, England.
1963The U.S. Post Office introduced five-digit ZIP codes.
1969Britain's Prince Charles was invested as the prince of Wales.
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1984The Motion Picture Association of America established the "PG-13" rating.
1987President Ronald Reagan nominated federal appeals court judge Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court. (Bork was later rejected by the Senate.)
1991President George H.W. Bush nominated federal appeals court judge Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.
1997Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule after 156 years as a British colony.
2000Vermont's civil unions law went into effect, granting gay couples most of the rights, benefits and responsibilities of marriage.
2004Actor Marlon Brando died at age 80.
2010At least two suicide bombers attacked a popular Muslim shrine in Pakistan's second largest city, Lahore, killing some three dozen people.
2011In Minnesota, a three-week state government shutdown began after legislators could not agree on a budget.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Liv Tyler turns 39 years old today.
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Olivia de HavillandActress ("Gone With the Wind")100
Leslie CaronActress85
Jamie FarrActor ("M*A*S*H")82
Jean MarshActress ("Upstairs, Downstairs")82
James CottonBlues musician81
Wally AmosCookiemaker80
Rod GilbertHockey Hall of Famer75
Twyla TharpDancer, choreographer75
Daryl AndersonActor ("Lou Grant")65
Terrence MannActor65
Fred SchneiderRock singer (B-52s)65
Dan AykroydActor, comedian ("Saturday Night Live")64
Evelyn "Champagne" KingR&B singer56
Carl LewisOlympic gold medal track star55
Pamela AndersonActress ("Baywatch")49
Missy ElliottHip-hop artist45
Rock singer Deborah Harry (Blondie) turns 71 years old today.
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