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On this day: July 11

POSTED: 08:33 AM PDT Jul 09, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 10, 2013 

A vice president duels for honor, the Marine Corps is re-established, a folk singer debuts, a space station plummets to Earth, and Martin Luther King earns a posthumous honor, all on this day.

OTD July 11 - Big Ben
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1859: Westminster's Big Ben rings for the first time in London.

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