On this day: July 26

Published On: Jul 25 2012 06:47:01 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 26 2015 02:00:00 AM EDT

The Inca civilization suffers a blow, the Postal Service, the FBI and the CIA are born, The Babe makes his last public appearance, and the space shuttle returns to space, all on this day.

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1974: The artificial sweetener aspartame is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. After objections were raised about its safety, the FDA would issue a stay on Dec. 5, 1975. Following additional testing, it was approved for use in dry goods in 1981 and carbonated beverages in 1983 before being approved for use in all foods in 1996. It would go on to be first sold under the brand name NutraSweet.


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