TODAY IN HISTORY - July 16th

1439 - Kissing is banned in England (to stop germs from spreading)
1909 - Det & Wash play longest scoreless game in AL history-18 innings
1926 - National Geographic takes 1st natural-color undersea photos
1945 - 1st test detonation of an atomic bomb, Trinity Site, Alamogordo, New Mexico
1980 - Ronald Reagan nominated for US President by Republicans in Detroit
1999 - John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. The Piper Saratoga aircraft was piloted by Kennedy.

(John F. Kennedy, Jr. & sister Caroline - Getty Images)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY / ANNIVERSARY TO:

1907 - Barbara Stanwyck, actress
1911 - Ginger Rogers, [Virginia McMath], Independ Mo, dancer
1967 - Will Ferrell, American comedian
1968 - Barry Sanders, NFL running back (Detroit Lions, 1988 Heisman Trophy)
1988 - "Back To The Future" actor Michael J. Fox (27) weds "Family Ties" actress Tracy Pollan (28) at West Mountain Inn in Arlington, Vermont
1994 - Anna Nicole Smith (26) weds ½ billionaire J Howard Marshall II (89)
2005 - Academy award winning actress Sandra Bullock (40) weds "Monster Garage" host Jesse James (36) at sunset on the grounds of The Folded Hills Ranch in Gaviota, California

GOODBYE TO:

1882 - Mary Todd Lincoln, First Lady of the United States (b. 1818)
2012 - Kitty Wells, American country singer, dies from complications after a stroke at 92

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