Today in History: July 16

Today in History: July 16

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1765

English Prime Minister Lord Grenville resigns and is replaced by Lord Rockingham.

1774

Russia and the Ottoman Empire sign the Treaty of Kuchuk-Kainardji, ending their six-year war.

1779

American troops under General Anthony Wayne capture Stony Point, N.Y.

1875

The new French constitution is finalized.

1882

Mary Todd Lincoln, the widow of Abraham Lincoln, dies of a stroke.

1918

Czar Nicholas and his family are murdered by Bolsheviks at Ekaterinburg, Russia.

1940

Adolf Hitler orders preparations for the invasion of England.

1944

Soviet troops occupy Vilnius, Lithuania, in their drive towards Germany.

1945

The United States detonates the first atomic bomb in a test at Alamogordo, N. M.

1969

Apollo 11 blasts off from Cape Kennedy, Florida, heading for a landing on the moon.

1999

A private plane piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr. is lost over the waters off Martha's Vineyard, Mass.