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Notable Historic Events
for the Month of
365...After a sizeable
tsunami hits Alexandria, Egypt, devastating the city and killing thousands
in the area. The farmland becomes useless for years and the coastline is
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.
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
fly solo around the world. He did it in 7 days, 18 hours and 49
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.
1967...Racially charged riots break out in Detroit, MI, leaving
43 people dead and 342 people injured. There were 1400
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.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong
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
1978...The birth of the first test tube baby, conceived by IVF
(in vitro fertilization) in Manchester, England. The baby is named Louise
1985...American actor Rock Hudson shocks the world when he goes
public and announces that he has AIDS.
Concorde jet crashes outside of Paris, killing all 102 people on the
aircraft. The Concorde fleet is grounded while the accident is investigated.
Grasshopper Plague Damage
1775...The Second Continental Congress establishes the United
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.
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
2003...The beloved American actor and comedian Bob Hope dies at the age of 100.
In addition to his
singing, Bob Hope was known for entertaining the U.S. Troops when they were
far from home on
B-25 Bomber crashes into the Empire State
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
United States Senate
approves a charter establishing
1868...Two years after being passed by Congress three-quarters
of the U.S. States ratify the Fourteenth Amendment granting African Americans
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.
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
The Volkswagen Beetle
1956...Two years after inserting the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of
President Eisenhower signs a law stating "In God We Trust" is the Nation's
1965...Some 19 million are enrolled in Medicare when it goes into effect.
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
1964...Unmanned lunar probe Ranger 7 takes the first close up images of
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.
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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