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This day in history: July 8th

As some of you may already know, we've started a series of posts called "This day in history" where we find some cool facts about what happened on a specific day in history. So, check out the fun and interesting events below that occurred in the past on July 8th!

  • 951: Paris was founded.

  • 1693: New York City authorized the very first police uniforms within American colonies.
  • 1776: The Liberty Bell rang for the first time. It didn't originally ring on July 4th, it rang on July 8th once the Declaration of Independence returned from the printer.
  • 1777: Vermont became the first state to abolish slavery and adopted suffrage for non landowning males.
  • 1796: The United States Department issued the first American Passport.
  • 1835: The Liberty Bell cracked for the second time. It first cracked in 1752. Weird that it rang for the first time and then cracked on the same day!

  • 1889: The Wall Street Journal began publishing.
  • 1947: There were reports that a UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico.
  • 1960: The United States Air Force accepted its first female recruits into a program called Women in the Air Force (WAF).
  • 1997: NATO invited Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic to join.
  • 2011: The Space Shuttle Atlantic was launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

About the author: Shana is a friend of House Party. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and concerts. Her party tip: Dessert, specifically chocolate.

Do you have any interesting facts to share about July 8th? We'd love to hear them!

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