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This Day in History for June 16 – First Woman Cosmonaut and More

Valentina Tereshkova
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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1858 – Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln declares “a house divided against itself cannot stand” (More info)

1903 – The Ford Motor Company is incorporated (More info)

1963 – Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova of the USSR becomes the first woman in space (More info)

1977 – Oracle Corporation is incorporated in California as Software Development Laboratories (SDL) by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner, and Ed Oates (More info)

1996 – Russia votes in its first independent presidential election; Boris Yeltsin eventually wins in a runoff (More info)

2004 – The 9/11 Commission determines Saddam Hussein had no strong links to Al-Qaeda, contradicting statements by the Bush Administration (More info)

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