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On this day: July 7

Published On: Jul 09 2013 12:26:27 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 07 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

Sliced bread goes on sale for the first time, Elvis Presley makes his radio debut, Led Zeppelin plays their last concert, Oliver North testifies at the Iran-Contra hearings, and Michael Jackson is remembered by family and friends, all on this day.

OTD July 7 - Civil War draft
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1863: Four days after the Battle of Gettysburg, the government of the United States begins to carry out a mandatory draft for the first time. Controversially, a man could avoid service by paying $300 for an exemption.

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