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This Day in History: July 11

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In 1914, Babe Ruth made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox. The Baltimore-born legend started his baseball career with the Orioles, but manager Jack Dunn sold the contracts of Ruth and fellow pitchers Ernie Shore and Ben Egan due to financial problems. Pictured above is the Red Sox pitching staff in 1915 when they won the World Series. From left to right: George "Rube" Foster, Carl Mays, Ernie Shore, Babe Ruth and Hubert "Dutch" Leonard. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

1798: The U.S. Marine Corps was formally re-established by a congressional act that also created the U.S. Marine Band.

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1948: Police arrested 24 individuals who protested the segregated Druid Hill Park tennis courts by playing interracial matches.

1955: The U.S. Air Force Academy was dedicated at its temporary quarters, Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado.

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1977: The Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to Martin Luther King Jr.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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