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 "Did You Know..."

 

Notable Historic Events

for the Month of July

 

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July 21st

 

John Scopes

John Scopes

365...After a sizeable earthquake a tsunami hits Alexandria, Egypt, devastating the city and killing thousands in the area.  The farmland becomes useless for years and the coastline is altered. 

1861...The first major land battle of the civil war, The Battle of Bull Run, pits Union General Irvin McDowell against Confederate General Pierre Beauregard.

1925...John Scopes, a teacher in Tennessee, is brought to trial for violating school law and teaching evolution.  The Scopes trial becomes known as both  "The Trial of the Century" and "The Monkey Trial."

2007...The seventh and final Harry Potter novel, The Deathly Hollows, is  released and 12 million copies are printed.

 

July 22nd

John Dillinger

John Dillinger

1793...Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Pacific Coast, the first Euro-American to make a transcontinental crossing north of Mexico.

1933...Wiley Post becomes the first Aviator to fly solo around the world.  He did it in 7 days, 18 hours and 49 minutes.

1234...John Dillinger, America's "Public Enemy No. 1" is gunned down by Federal Agents outside a theater in Chicago.  Dillinger was wanted for robbing 11 banks, escaping jail, and killing 7 policeman and 3 Federal Agents.

 

July 23rd

 Women's Gymnastics

1967...Racially charged riots break out in Detroit, MI, leaving 43 people dead and 342 people injured.  There were 1400 buildings burned and 7,000 National Guard Troops and Army Reserve Members called into help.

1976...Members of the American Legion gather in Philadelphia, PA to celebrate the  bicentennial of the U.S. obtaining freedom from British rule.  The Legionnaires' start getting ill for unknown reasons, which is later called  Legionnaires'  Disease.

1996...The U.S. Women's Gymnastic Team wins its first ever team Gold Medal at the Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

July 24th

Neal Armstrong

Astronaut Neil Armstrong

1847...The Mormons, lead by Brigham Young, arrive in the Salt Lake Valley and begin to colonize the West.

1911...Ruins of the South American Incas in Peru, Machu Picchu, are viewed by American archeologist Hiram Bingham. 

1915...Eight hundred people perished after after The Eastland, a steamboat ferry, overturns while at dock in the Chicago River.

1969...Apollo 11 and astronauts arrive safely back on earth after a successful voyage to the moon.

July 25th

Rock Hudson

Rock Hudson

1978...The birth of the first test tube baby, conceived by IVF (in vitro fertilization) in Manchester, England.  The baby is named Louise Joy Brown.

1985...American actor Rock Hudson shocks the world when he goes public and announces that he has AIDS. 

2000...The Concorde jet crashes outside of Paris, killing all 102 people on the aircraft. The Concorde fleet is grounded while the accident is investigated.

 

July 26th

Grasshopper Plague Damage

Grasshopper Plague Damage

1775...The Second Continental Congress establishes the United States Post Office, with Ben Franklin assuming the job of the first Postmaster General.

1908...The FBI is created from the Department of Justice to enforce federal law.

1931...The Midwest is overcome with grasshoppers which destroys millions of acres and added to The Great Depression.

 

July 27th

Bob Hope entertaining the Troops

Bob Hope entertaining the Troops

After three years of fighting North and South Korea signed an armistice, bringing the Korean War to an end.

1976...The House of Representatives begins the Impeachment of President Nixon.

2003...The beloved American actor and comedian Bob Hope dies at the age of 100. In addition to his movies and singing, Bob Hope was known for entertaining the U.S. Troops when they were far from home on holidays.

July 28th

   Empire State Building after crash  

B-25 Bomber crashes into the Empire State Building

1945...A B-25 U.S. Military Bomber crashes into the Empire State Building due to fog.  Three were killed on the plane and eleven in the building.

1945...The United States Senate approves a charter establishing the United Nations.

1868...Two years after being passed by Congress three-quarters of the U.S. States ratify the Fourteenth Amendment granting African Americans citizenship.

 

July 29th

The wedding of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer

The wedding of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer

1909...The newly created General Motors Corporation (GM) buys America's  leading luxury automaker Cadillac for 4.5 million dollars.

1958...The U.S. Congress passes legislation establishing The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a civilian agency.

1981...Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer as nearly one billion  viewers, in 74 countries, witness the marriage on television.

 

July 30th

The Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle

1956...Two years after inserting the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance,  President Eisenhower signs a law stating "In God We Trust" is the Nation's official motto.

1965...Some 19 million are enrolled in Medicare when it goes into effect.  Former President Harry Truman receives the first Medicare Card.

2003...The last of 21,595,464 Volkswagen Beetles rolls off the production line at the Volkswagen plant in Puebla, Mexico.

 

July 31st

Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan

1964...Unmanned lunar probe Ranger 7 takes the first close up images of the moon. They were 1,000 times more clear than telescopes on the earth.

1975...Jimmy Hoffa, one of the most influential and corrupt Labor leaders of the 20th century, disappears in Detroit. His death remains a mystery to this day.

1990...Baseball pitcher Nolan Ryan wins the 300th game of his career.  His seven career no-hitters completely eclipse the next best record of four no-hitters.

 

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