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July 11th

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

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

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 Indians.

1922...One of the world's largest natural Amphitheaters, the Hollywood Bowl in California, opens with a performance of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

1979...Skylab crashes to the earth.  Portions of it land in Australia as well as the Indian Ocean.

July 12th

Wild Bill Hickok

Wild Bill Hickok

1861...Wild Bill Hickok shots three men during a shoot out in Nebraska.  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 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 matches are played in Uruguay.  France beats Mexico 3-1 and the United States defeats Belgium 3-1.

1943...The largest tank battle in history ends. In the Battle of Kursk, Germany fights Russia.  The battle involves 6,000 tanks, 2 million men, and 5,000 aircraft.

1960...John F. Kennedy defeats Senator Lyndon B. Johnson at the Democratic Party Convention.  He is nominated by the Democrats to run for President.

July 14th

Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid

1099...The Crusades begin after Muslims exclude Christians from Jerusalem.  Christian knights from Europe capture Jerusalem after a seven week siege. 

1789...Mutinous troops and revolutionaries storm and dismantle The Bastille. The Bastille is a fortress and prison which is thought to symbolize 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.   It cost $850.00

1961...Senator Barry Goldwater, a Republican from Arizona, is nominated to run for President.   He loses the election, but the Southern and Western region of the United States turn Republican.

1971... During a live television and radio broadcast,  President Richard Nixon stuns the nation by announcing 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  Okahoma City, Oklahoma. It is called Park-O-Meter No.1.

1945...At 5:29 AM the first atomic bomb is set off in Alamogordo, New Mexico. This successfully completes the Manhattan Project.

July 17th



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 the Atlantic Ocean.

1941...New York Yankees center fielder Joe DiMaggio 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 17 million dollars, and was built upon 160 acres of land formerly used for growing oranges.

July 18th

The Titanic

The Titanic

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 ocean liner. The videos show the interior Grand Staircases and the coral-covered chandeliers.

1969...Senator Ted Kennedy drives his car off a bridge and goes into the water.  He successfully escapes the car, but leaves a young woman behind in the car. Senator Kennedy has been to a party on  Chappaquiddick 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.

July 19th

Doc Holliday

Doc Holliday

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. 

July 20th

Astronaut Neil Armstrong on the moon.

Neal Armstrong on the moon

1969...Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon.  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 mankind." 

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, California at the age 32.  The cause of his death is a brain edema.

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