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This Day in History for July 16 – Millennium Park Opens and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1790 – The District of Columbia is established as the capital of the United States after signature of the Residence Act (More info)

1969 – Apollo 11, the first manned space mission to land on the Moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida (More info)

1979 – Saddam Hussein becomes president of Iraq (More info)

1999 – John F. Kennedy, Jr. dies when the plane he was piloting crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard; also killed are his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette (More info)

2004 – Millennium Park, considered Chicago’s first and most ambitious early 21st century architectural project, is opened to the public (More info)

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