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Once Upon A Time – June 16 – 1884 – America’s 1st Purpose-Built Roller Coaster Ride Opens At Coney Island

1779 Spain declares war on Great Britain in support of France and the USA, starting the Great Siege of Gibraltar which goes on to last 3 years, 7 months and 2 weeks

1858 Abraham Lincoln says “A house divided against itself cannot stand” accepting Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for the Senate

1963 Soviet space mission Vostok 6 is launched with Valentina Tereshkova onboard, who becomes the 1st woman in space

2000 Israel complies with UN Security Council Resolution 425 after 22 years, which calls on Israel to completely withdraw from Lebanon. Israel withdraws from all of Lebanon, except the disputed Sheba Farms.

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Today in Film & TV

1960 “Psycho”, psychological horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, and Vera Miles, opens in New York City

1978 Film “Grease” opens, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, based on the 1971 musical

2015 TV personality and real estate mogul Donald Trump launches his campaign for the Republican nomination for US President at Trump Towers

Today in Music

1902 “The Wizard of Oz” musical first opens in Chicago, Illinois

1972 RCA releases David Bowie’s fifth studio album “The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”; it is considered his artistic breakthrough

Today in Sport

1909 Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win, this will cause him to forfeit his Olympic gold medals

1884 America’s 1st purpose-built roller coaster ride, the Switchback Railway, opens at Coney Island, New York, built by LaMarcus Thompson

1988 In Santa Barbara, CA, a team of 32 divers begin cycling underwater on a standard tricycle, to complete 116.66 mi in 75 hrs 20 mins

Famous Weddings

1855 British preacher and Salvation Army founder William Booth (26) weds British Salvation Army co-founder Catherine Mumford (26) at Stockwell Green Congregational Church in Surrey, England

1928 New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey (26) weds American stage actress Frances Eileen Hutt (25), until her death in 1970

1943 English comic actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin (54) weds English-American actress Oona O’Neill (18), until his death in 1977

The Salvation Army began when a Methodist preacher took to the streets of London to help the poor. Today, with 1.5 million members, it operates in 130 countries – June 16, 1880

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