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This Day in History is DUE’s daily dose of trivia for all the history buffs out there. So sit back and take a ride of all the fascinating things that happened today!

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in people, and hence, every day has been a significant one in the foibles of history. Now, let’s take a tour of “This Day in History – 16th June”.

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1884: First roller coaster in America opens

The first roller coaster in America opened at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. Its name is switchback railway and it was the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson. The switchback railway travelled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride. The new entertainment was an instant success. By the turn of the century, there were hundreds of roller coasters around the country.

Switchback Railway

1903: Ford Motor Company is incorporated

At 9:30 in the morning on June 16, 1903, Henry Ford and other prospective stockholders in the Ford Motor Company met in Detroit to sign the official paperwork required to create a new corporation. The forms had listed twelve stockholders. They signed, notarized and sent the forms to the office of Michigan’s secretary of state. They officially incorporated the company the following day, when the secretary of state’s office received the articles of association.

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Ford Motor Company

1963: Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space

Aboard Vostok 6, Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman to travel into space. After 48 orbits and 71 hours, she returned to earth, after spending more time in space than all US astronauts combined to that date. After her historic space flight, Valentina Tereshkova received the Order of Lenin and Hero of the Soviet Union awards.
Valentina Tereshkova

1965: Bob Dylan records “Like A Rolling Stone”

On their second day of recording at Columbia Records’ Studio A in Manhattan, Bob Dylan and a band featuring electric guitars and an organ laid down the master take of the song that would change the direction of popular music: “Like A Rolling Stone.” It went on to become “folksinger” Bob Dylan’s magnum opus and, arguably, the greatest rock and roll record of all time.

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Bob Dylan

1971: American rapper Tupac Shakur is born

Tupac Shakur, or as his stage name suggests 2Pac, is one of the most influential rappers of all time. Much of his work addresses contemporary social issues that plague inner cities. He is a symbol of activism against inequality. At a time when gangsta rap dominated the mainstream, he introduced social issues to the genre  He was inducted into the 2002 Hip-Hop Hall of Fame and the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


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