July 16

1790

The District of Columbia was established as the seat of the United States government.

1918

Russia's Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.

1935

The first parking meters were installed in Oklahoma City.

1945

The first atomic bomb was tested in Alamogordo, N.M.

1951

J. D. Salinger's novel Catcher in the Rye was published.

1969

Apollo 11 took off on the first manned flight to the moon.

1979

Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq.

1999

John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette, and her sister Lauren, died in a plane crash near Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

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