This Day in History: The Rolling Stones Debut; Congress Authorizes Army Medal of Honor

July 12 signifies the debut of pop-culture icons and the Army Medal of Honor.

Senator of Massachusetts Henry Wilson - future Vice President under Ulysses S. Grant - introduced a resolution to create an Army Medal of Honor on February 15, 1962. That resolution was passed and signed into law on July 12, 1862 - amidst the American Civil War.

Over 1500 Medals of Honor were awared for acts of bravery in combat during the Civil War. 

More than 3500 Medals of Honor have been award to date.

Just 100 years later, much different history was made - The Rolling Stones debuted. 

The Stones - originally composed of Mick Jagger, Kieth Richards, Ian Stewart, Brian Jones and Dick Taylor - performed at the Marquee Club, in London. The rest is history.

The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and are celebrated around the world today as music icons. 

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