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Notable Historic Events
for the Month of
President Aaron Burr shoots
Alexander Hamilton in a duel.
Hamilton dies the
1914...George Herman Babe Ruth pitches seven innings in his first major
league debut with the Boston Red Sox. He wins the game against the Cleveland
1922...One of the world's largest natural Amphitheaters, the
Hollywood Bowl in
California, opens with a performance of the
Los Angeles Philharmonic
1979...Skylab crashes to the earth.
Portions of it land in Australia as well as the Indian
Wild Bill Hickok
1861...Wild Bill Hickok shots three men during a shoot out in
He is on his way to earning the reputation as a gunfighter.
1862...President Abraham Lincoln
signs a law calling for the awarding of a
United States Medal of Honor (Congressional
Medal of Honor) to heroic
soldiers in the name of
1990...Boris Yeltsin, President of The Republic of
Russia, announces his
resignation from the Communist Party two days after Gorbachev is again elected head
Soviet Communist Party.
1930...The first World Cup
played in Uruguay. France beats
Mexico 3-1 and the
United States defeats
battle in history ends. In the Battle of Kursk,
Russia. The battle involves 6,000
2 million men, and
1960...John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson at the
Democratic Party Convention.
He is nominated by the
Democrats to run for
Billy the Kid
1099...The Crusades begin after Muslims exclude
Christians from Jerusalem. Christian knights from Europe capture Jerusalem after a
seven week siege.
troops and revolutionaries storm and dismantle The Bastille.
The Bastille is
a fortress and
prison which is thought to symbolize the tyranny of the
1881...Henry McCarty, known as Billy the Kid, is shot to death by Sheriff Pat
Garrett at the Maxwell Ranch in
1903...The newly formed Ford Motor Company takes its first order
for a two-cylinder
It cost $850.00
1961...Senator Barry Goldwater, a
Arizona, is nominated to run
President. He loses the election, but the Southern and Western region
United States turn
1971... During a live
stuns the nation by announcing that he will visit Communist
1769...A Spanish Franciscan
missionary, Father Junipero Serra,
founds the first
Catholic Mission in
California on the site of present day San
1935...The world's first parking meter is installed on 1st
Street and Robinson Ave. in Okahoma City,
is called Park-O-Meter No.1.
1945...At 5:29 AM the first
atomic bomb is set off in Alamogordo,
This successfully completes the Manhattan Project.
1938...Douglas Corrigan becomes Wrong Way Corrigan.
Corrigan is a
pilot. He takes off from
New York, intending to fly to
California. Instead of heading west he goes east. He ends up crossing
fails to get a hit
when he comes to bat. This ends his 56-game hitting streak.
1955...Disneyland, the Adventure Park built by Walt Disney,
opens. The Park cost
and was built upon 160 acres of land formerly used for growing
64 AD...Fire destroys much of the city of Rome. There is no evidence Emperor Nero started the fire or played the
fiddle while it burned.
1968...New close up videos are released of the Titanic. It
took 70 years to find the sunken
liner. The videos show the interior Grand Staircases and the
1969...Senator Ted Kennedy
car off a bridge and goes into the water. He successfully
car, but leaves a young woman behind in the
Kennedy has been to a party on
Island. When he leaves the party he takes
Mary Jo Kopechne,
a 28-year-old girl, with him. He does not report the accident for 10
hours. He does not report the accident until he consults with others. This proves
to be the end of his political ambitions.
1799...The Rosetta Stone is found. It holds the
key to understanding hieroglyphics and the history of Egypt.
1879...Doc Holliday kills a man for disruptive behavior in his
saloon. He has taken the first step on a reputation that he will earn as a gunslinger.
1923...Insulin is introduced to Americans as a
drug that will save lives and help people with diabetes be more comfortable.
Neal Armstrong on the moon
Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the
When he comes out of the lunar module Eagle,
he puts his
feet on the moon and says "one small step for man and one giant leap for
1972...The U.S. Department of
Transportation releases the
results of a two-year study stating "The Chevrolet Corvair is as safe as
1973...Bruce Lee, a
martial arts expert and actor, dies in Los
California at the age 32. The cause of his death is a brain edema.