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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of July




 July 1st

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1863...The beginning of the Battle of Gettysburg, which becomes the largest military conflict in American History.

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

1963...Zip Codes are introduced in the United States to help speed mail delivery.


 July 2nd

Amelia Airhart

Amelia Airhart

1964...President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act, prohibiting racial discrimination in employment, education, and 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 died 80 days later of blood poisoning.

1937...Aviator Amelia Earhart disappears while flying from New Guinea to Howland Island, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.


July 3rd


Robert E. Lee

General Robert E. Lee

1775...American troops gather at Cambridge, Massachusetts, as 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.  This was General Lee's greatest blunder. 

1890...Idaho becomes the 43rd State in the USA.


 July 4th

Continental Congress

Continental Congress

1776...The Continental Congress adopts The Declaration of Independence, which proclaims the Independence of The United States from Great Britain.

1826...The 2nd and 3rd Presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, die on the same day (the 4th of July), exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

1917...U.S. Troops in WWI celebrate independence by marking through Paris to the tune of "Marquis de Lafayette, a hero of the American Revolution.


 July 5th

Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe

1865...Revivalist preacher William Booth and his wife Catherine establish the Christian Mission known later as The Salvation Army.

1954...The owner and operator of Sun Records in Memphis, TN, Sam Phillips, discovers Elvis Presley and he records Elvis Presley's first record That's All Right Mama.

1975...The first black man to win Wimbledon , Arthur Ashe, defeats the heavily favored Jimmy Connors.  (tennis)


 July 6th

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

1862...Author Samuel Clemens begins publishing news stories in the Virginia City Nevada Territorial Enterprise under the pseudonym  of Mark Twain.

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

1988...The worst offshore oil-rig disaster in history occurs as an explosion rips through an oil rig in the North Sea killing 167 workers.


 July 7

Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe

1912...Jim Thorpe, a Native American, wins the Pentathlon at the Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden to begin his reputation as the greatest athlete in the world.

1976...Women are enrolled in the U.S. Academy at West Point.  Four years later 62 graduate and are 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...During WWI Ernest Hemingway is wounded while serving as a Red Cross Ambulance Driver and carrying a companion to safety.

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

1972...At the age of 32, and for the first time, Bill Withers enters a recording studio where creates the great pop song Lean On Me.


 July 9th

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

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

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

1962...Bob Dylan introduced 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 in 91 hours.  The beat the previous record by 4 days.

1940...Germany begins 3 1/2 months of bombing raids in preparation to invade England.  The effort fails as England wins "The Battle of Britain."

1962...The US Patent Office issues a patent for a 3 Point Automobile Safety Belt for use in road vehicles; designed by Swedish Engineer Niles Bohlin.






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