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This Day in History: July 29

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In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud in the city of Baltimore. It had been signed on July 4 in Philadelphia. The illustration above depicts the reading of the historic document. (Charles R. Hazard, The Sun Magazine)

1890: Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers, France.

1914: Transcontinental telephone service began with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco.

1958: President Dwight Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, creating NASA.

1981: Britain’s Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Compiled by Jessica D. Evans and Paul McCardell.

The Sun Front Page: July 28, 1988

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The Sun Front Page: July 28, 1988

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This Day in History: July 28

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In 1855, the USS Constellation was commissioned. The ship, pictured above, patrolled near West Africa to search for ships that were possibly carrying human cargo. The ship also made the first Union Navy capture at sea during the Civil War. Today, the restored USS Constellation is afloat as a museum in the Inner Harbor.  (Monica Lopossay, Baltimore Sun photo, 2006)

1794: French revolutionaries Maximilien Robespierre and Louis Antoine Saint-Just were sent to the guillotine, ending the Reign of Terror.

1868: The 14th Amendment to the Constitution took effect, guaranteeing due process of law.

1914: World War I began when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

1943: President Franklin Roosevelt announced the end of coffee rationing.

Compiled by Jessica D. Evans and Paul McCardell.

The Sun Remembers This Week in Baltimore Sports: July 27-Aug. 2

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Longtime Orioles infielder Cal Ripken Jr. wipes tears off his face as he gives a speech after being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 29, 2007. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun)

July 29, 2007: “You don’t get to a place like this and join a group like the men seated behind me without a lot of people pushing you along the way,” the Orioles’ Cal Ripken Jr. tells the crowd at his induction ceremony at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. “If I thank them all individually, I’d keep you here longer than The Streak.”

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Apollo 11 astronauts return from the moon: The Sun Front Page: July 25, 1969

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Apollo 11 astronauts return from the moon: The Sun Front Page: July 25, 1969

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