Today in history – July 11, 2019

1796 – The U.S. takes possession of Detroit from Great Britain under terms of the Jay Treaty.

1798 – The U.S. Marine Corps is re-established. They had been disbanded after the American Revolutionary War.

1804 – A duel occurs in which Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton.

1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Fort Stevens: Confederate forces attempt to invade Washington, D.C.

1921 – Former President Willam Howard Taft is sworn in as 10th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, becoming the only person ever to hold both offices.

1922 – The Hollywood Bowl opens.

1960 – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is first published.

1979 – The Skylab space station is destroyed as it re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere over the Indian Ocean.