Today in history – July 16

1790 – The District of Colombia is established as the capital of the United States after signature of the Residence Act.

1861 – American Civil War: At the order of President Abraham Lincoln, Union troops begin a 25-mile march into Virginia for what will become the First Battle of Bull Run.

1935 – The world’s first parking meter is installed in Oklahoma City.

1941 – Joe DiMaggio hits safely for the 56th consecutive game, a streak that still stands as an MLB record.

1945 – The Atomic Age begins when the United States successfully detonates a plutonium-based test nuclear weapon near Alamogordo, New Mexico.

1951 – J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye was published.

1969 – Apollo 11, the first mission to land astronauts on the moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.