On this day: July 7

Published On: Jul 09 2013 12:26:27 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 07 2016 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 - SS United States
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1952: The ocean liner SS United States passes Bishop's Rock off Cornwall, England, on her maiden voyage, breaking the transatlantic speed record to become the fastest passenger ship in the world. The luxury passenger liner completed the eastbound crossing in three days, 10 hours and 40 minutes. It also broke the westbound crossing record by returning to America in three days, 12 hours and 12 minutes.

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