On this day: July 23

POSTED: 05:00 PM PDT Jul 22, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 22, 2016 

Miss America gives up her crown, Fergie gets a royal wedding, a new comet is discovered, and a singer's life comes to a tragic ending, all on this day.

OTD July 23 - Bell X2
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U.S. Air Force

1956: A Bell X-2 rocket plane sets the record for fastest speed by an aircraft, reaching Mach 2.87, or more than 1,900 mph, 60,000 feet above the dry lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base in California.


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