On this day: July 16

Published On: Jul 13 2012 06:00:49 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 16 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

The nation's capital is founded, the world gets its first parking meter, Joltin' Joe sets an unbreakable record, and man heads to the moon, all on this day.

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U.S. Navy photograph

1957: U.S. Marine Maj. John Glenn flies a Vought F8U-1P Crusader supersonic jet from California to New York in three hours, 23 minutes and eight seconds, setting a new transcontinental speed record. Glenn received his fifth Distinguished Flying Cross for the mission.

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