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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of July




July 11th

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

1804...Vice President Aaron Burr shoots Alexander Hamilton in a duel, and Hamilton dies the next day.

1914...George Herman "Babe" Ruth pitches 7 innings in his first major league debut with the Boston Red Sox.  He won the game, which was against the Cleveland Indians.

1922...One of the world's larges natural Amphitheaters, the Hollywood Bowl, opens with a performance of the Los Angeles philharmonic.

1979...Skylab returns to the earth near Australia and crashes into the Indian Ocean.


July 12th

Wild Bill Hickok

Wild Bill Hickok

1861...Wild Bill Hickok coolly shots 3 men during a shoot out in Nebraska establishing his reputation as a gunfighter.

1862...President Abraham Lincoln signed a  law calling for the awarding of a United States Medal of Honor  (Congressional Medal of Honor) to be awarded to heroic soldiers in the name of Congress. 

1990...Boris Yeltsin, President of The Republic of Russia, announces his resignation from the Communist Party two days after Gorbachev is again elected head of the Soviet Communist Party.


July 13th

Panzer Tank

Panzer Tank

1930...The first World Cup Football (soccer) matches are played in Uruguay; and France beats Mexico 3-1 and the United States defeats Belgium 3-1.

1943...The largest tank battle in history ends on this day .  In the Battle of Kursk, USSR,  Germany fought Russia and the battle involved 6,000 tanks, 2 million men, and 5,000 aircraft.

1960...John F. Kennedy is nominated for the presidency, defeating Senator Lyndon B. Johnson at the Democratic Party Convention.


July 14

Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid

1099...After Muslims exclude Christians from Jerusalem, the Crusades begin. Christian knights from Europe capture Jerusalem after a seven week seige. 

1789...Mutinous troops and revolutionaries storm and dismantle The Bastille, a fortress and prison symbolizing the tyranny of the monarchs.

1881...Henry McCarty, known as "Billy the Kid," is shot to death by Sheriff Pat Garrett at the Maxwell Ranch in New Mexico.


July 15th

Barry Goldwater

Barry Goldwater

1903...The newly formed Ford Motor Company takes its first order for a two-cylinder Model T automobile for $850.00

1961...Senator Barry Goldwater (R Arizona) is nominated to run for President.  He loses the election, but the South and West turn Republican.

1971...President Richard Nixon, during a live television and radio broadcast, stuns the Nation by responding that he will visit Communist China.


July 16th

Junipero Serra

1769...A Spanish Franciscan missionary, Father Junipero Serra, founds the first Catholic Mission in California on the site of present day San Diego.

1935...The world's first parking meter is installed on 1st Street and Robinson Ave. in Oklahoma City, OK.  It was known as a park-O-Meter No.1.

1945...At 5:29 AM the first atomic bomb blows up in Alamogordo, New Mexico: successfully completing the Manhattan Project.


July 17th



1938...Douglas Corrigan becomes "Wrong Way Corrigan" by taking off from New York intending to fly to California.  Instead he crosses the Atlantic Ocean.

1941...New Yankee center fielder Joe DiMaggio fails to get a hit to end the still standing record of a 56 game hitting streak.

1955...Walt Disney's Disneyland opens today.  The Park cost 17 million dollars, and was built upon 160 acres of former orange groves.


July 18th

The Titanic

The Titanic

64 AD...The great fire of Rome destroys much of the city on this day.  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 sunken ocean liner Titanic. They even show the interior Grand Staircases and the coral-covered chandeliers.

1969...Senator Ted Kennedy, after leaving a party on Chappaquiddick Island, drives off a bridge into the water.  He escapes but leaves behind 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne.  He does not report the accident for 10 hours and until he first consults with others.  This proves to be the end of his political ambitions.


July 19th


Doc Holliday

Doc Holliday

1799...The Rosetta Stone is found and holds the key to understanding hieroglyphics and the history of Egypt.

1879...Doc Holliday kills a man for disruptive behavior in his saloon, and takes his first step building his reputation as a gunslinger.

1923...Insulin is introduced to Americans as a drug that will help people with diabetes be more comfortable and save many lives.


July 20th

Astronaut Neil Armstrong on the moon.

Neal Armstrong on the moon

1861...Union Forces, under General Irvin McDowell. is defeated by Confederates under General Pierre Beauregard in the first battle of the Civil War.

1969...America has put a man on the moon.  When Neil Armstrong steps out of the lunar module Eagle and puts his foot on the moon to take a "step and leap for mankind" he becomes the first man to walk on the moon.

1972...The U.S. Department of Transportation releases the results of a two-year study stating "The Chevrolet Corvair is as safe as comparable models."

1973...Bruce Lee, a martial arts expert and actor, dies in Los Angeles at age 32 from a brain edema.





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