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July 1st

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1863...The Battle of Gettysburg begins.  It will become the largest military conflict in American history.

1997...Hong Kong is peaceably retuned to China after 156 years of rule by Great Britain.

July 2nd

Amelia Airhart

Amelia Earhart

1964... President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act The Act prohibits racial discrimination in employment and education, and discrimination at public places.

1776...The second Continental Congress convenes and adopts a resolution for independence from Great Britain.

1881...President Garfield is shot in the back and arm while walking through a railroad waiting room. He will die eighty days later of blood poisoning.

1937...Aviator Amelia Earhart disappears while flying in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. She is flyingfrom New Guinea to Howland Island.

July 3rd

Robert E. Lee

General Robert E. Lee

1775...American troops gather at Cambridge, Massachusetts. George Washington formally takes command of the Continental Army.

1863...General Pickett leads his doomed Confederate charge against Union Lines on the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg. General Lee gives the order to send General Pickett forward. It is one of his greatest blunders.

1890...Idaho becomes the 43rd State in the United States of America.

July 4th

Continental Congress

Continental Congress

1776...The Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence. The colonies announce their separation from England. They proclaim themselves The United States of America.

1826...The second and third Presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, die on the same day. They both die on the 4th of July. The date is exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

1917...U.S. Troops celebrate independence by marching through Paris to the tune of Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette was French general and politician who aided the Continental Army during the American Revolution. He was appointed a major general by the Continental Congress. He provided tactical leadership and resources from France to aid the colonists in their fight against the British.

July 5th

Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe

1865...Revivalist preacher William Booth and his wife Catherine establish the Christian Mission which will become known as the Salvation Army.

1954...Elvis Presley is discovered by Sam Phillips, the owner and operator of Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. He records Elvis Presley's first record That's All Right Mama.

1975...Arthur Ashe defeats the heavily favored Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon.  He is the first black man to win Wimbledon.

July 6th

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

1862...TheTerritorial Enterprise, a newspaper in Virginia City, Nevada, begins publishing news stories by Samuel Clemens. Clemens publishes under the pseudonym of Mark Twain.

1942...Thirteen-year-old Anne Frank writes in her diary that she and her family are forced to take refuge in a secret loft of a warehouse in Nazi-occupied Holland.

1988...There is an explosion on the Piper Alpha oil-rig in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland. The resulting fire gives off toxic fumes. There are 225 workers aboard the platform. Many jump from the platform and are killed by the fall. Others slip down pipes to the burning water below. Those who survive the explosion and aftermath are rescued by nearby helicopters and boats. A total of 167 workers are killed. It is the worst offshore oil-rig disaster in history.

July 7

Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe

1912...Jim Thorpe, a Native American, wins the Pentathlon and the Decathlon at the Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. He will gain fame as the greatest athlete in the world.

1976...Women can now enroll in the U.S. Academy at West Point. Four years later 62 women will graduate and be commissioned as Second Lieutenants.

1981...President Reagan nominates a woman for the Supreme Court. Sandra Day O'Connor, an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge, is the first woman to be nominated for the Supreme Court.

July 8th

Ernest Hemingway

Ernst Hemmingway

1918...Ernst Hemmingway is severely wounded during WWI. He is serving on the Italian front as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross. He is wounded while carrying a companion to safety. He is decorated for his bravery and then he is sent home.

1950...General Douglas MacArthur, the hero of the war against Japan, is placed in command of all the United Nation Forces in Korea.

July 9th

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

1877...The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club create and host the first Lawn Tennis Tournament. It is held in a suburb of London called Wimbledon.

1941...British cryptologists break the German Army Secret Code. The Enigma (coding machine) was thought to be unbreakable.

1962...Bob Dylan introduces a powerful protest song when he performs Blowing in the Wind in New York City.

July 10th

Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes

1938...Howard Hughes flies around the world in a record 91 hours. This beats the previous record by four days.

1940... Germany begins 3 1/2 months of bombing raids in preparation to invade England. This prolonged attack by the Luftwaffe, Germany's Air Force,  becomes known as The Battle of Britain. England's Royal Air Force will successfully defend England, and the German effort will fail.

1962...The United StatesPatent Office issues a patent for a 3 Point Automobile Safety Belt for use in road vehicles. The belt is designed by Swedish Engineer Nils Bohlin.

2018... The boys are out...all of them! Twelve young boys and their soccer (football) coach have been trapped in a cave deep in the ground in Northern Thailand for two weeks. They have no food, and it is dark. Water has flooded the cave and they can't get out. When it is realized the group is missing, help floods to Thailand to find them. To find them is a miracle. To bring them out would be an ever greater miracle. Finally, with the collective work of dozens of professionals from around the world, including US Navy Seals, they are brought out over 3 days, one by one. It was an impossible mission, and the world breathes a grateful, collective sigh.

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