On July 16, 1936, photographer Walker Evans took a leave of absence from the Farm Security Administration (FSA) to accept a summer assignment with Fortune magazine. Evans, who had begun working as a photographer in 1928, had developed a modest reputation by the time he was hired in October 1935 by Roy Stryker, leader of the FSA photographic unit. Stryker agreed to give him leave for the magazine assignment on condition that his photographs remain government property.
On July 16, 1790, Congress declared the city of Washington in the District of Columbia the permanent capital of the United States. Soon after, President George Washington commissioned French engineer Pierre-Charles L'Enfant to create a plan for the city.
JFK JR. KILLED IN PLANE CRASH:
July 16, 1999
On July 16, 1999, John F. Kennedy, Jr.; his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy; and her sister, Lauren Bessette, die when the single-engine plane that Kennedy was piloting crashes into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
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