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Michael Phelps and Mark Antony and "the Shadow knows"

On July 31 in

 

1930, the radio mystery program The Shadow airs for the very first time;

 

30 BC, Battle of Alexandria:  Mark Antony achieves a minor victory over Octavian's forces, but most of his army subsequently deserts, leading to his suicide;

 

1964, Ranger program: Ranger 7 sends back the first close-up photographs of the moon, with images 1,000 times clearer than anything ever seen from earth-bound telescopes;

 

1790, the first United States patent is issued to inventor Samuel Hopkins for a potash process; and in

 

2012, Michael Phelps breaks the record set in 1964 by Larisa Latynina for the greatest number of medals won at the Olympics.

 

 

 

 

So long to the VW bug . . . and to Jimmy Hoffa!

 

On July 30 in:

 

2003,In Mexico, the last  'old style' Volkswagon Beetle rolls off the assembly line; 

 

1962, The Trans-Canada Highway, the largest national highway in the world, is officially opened;

 

1619, In Jamestown, Vjirginia, the first representative assembly in the Americas, the House of Burgesses, convines for the first time;

 

1965, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Social Security Act o f 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid;

 

1975, Jimmy Hoffa disappears from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, at about 2:30 p.m. He is never seen or heard from again, and will be declared legally dead on this date in 1982 and in ;

 

1918, American poet, Joyce Kiimer dies at the age of 32. 

The Royal Wedding.

On July 29, in:

1991, The Mets played their first Sunday night game at Shea Stadium;

1981, Prince Charles of England weds Lady Diana;

1974, The Episcopal Church ordains female priests; and

1965, The Beatles movie, Help, premieres. 

 

Army B-25 and the Kennewick Man is discovered

 

On July 28 in

 

1868, the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is certified, establishing African American citizenship and guaranteeing due process of law;

 

1996, the remains of a prehistoric man are discovered near Kennewick, Washington.  These remains will be known as the Kennewick Man;

 

1540, Thomas Cromwell is executed at the order of Henry VIII of England on charges of treason.  Henry marries his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, on the same day;

 

1945, a United States Army B-25 bomber crashes into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building killing 14 and injuring 26, and in

 

2002, nine coalminers trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, are rescued after 77 hours. 

What's up, Doc . . . the beginning of the end for Tricky Dick.

On July 27 in:

 

1940, The animated short A Wild Hare is released, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny;

 

1974, The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee votes 27 to 11 to recommend the first article of impeachment (for obstruction of justice) against President Nixon;

 

1890, Vincent Van Gogh shoots himself. He will die two days later;

 

1921, Reserchers at the University of Toronto led my biochemist Frederick Banting prove that the hormone insulin regulates blood sugar; and in;

 

2003, American comedian, actor and legend Bob Hope dies at age 100. 

Sugar, sugar.

On July 26 in:

1993,  the Mars Observer transmits the first photo from Mars, 5 billion kilometers away;

1990, General Hospital tapes its 7000th show;

1926, The National Bar Association is incorporated; and

1835, the first sugar cane plantation is started in Hawaii. 

Bob Dylan, Louise Brown and WikiLeaks

On July 25 in:

 

1920, the first transatlantic two-way radio broadcast takes place;

 

1946, At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team;

 

2010, WikiLeaks publishes classified documents about the War in Afghanistan, one of the largest leaksi n the United States military history;

 

1261, the city of Constantinople is recaptured by Nicaean forces under the command of Alexios Strategopoulos, re-establishing the Byzantine Empire;

 

1961, John F. Kennedy emphasizes in a speech that any attack on Berlin is an attack on NATO;

 

1978, Louise Brown, the world's first "test tube baby," is born;

 

1994, World War Ii:  Operation Spring -- one of the bloodliest days for the First Canadian Army during the war:  1500 casualties, including 500 killed; and in 

 

1965, Bob Dylan goes electric as he plugs in at the Newport Folk Festival, signaling a major change in folk and rock music. 

 

 

Scorching in Chicago and Gift of the Magi author exits from prison

On July 24 in:

 

1935, The Dust Bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109 degrees  in Chicago, Illinois and 104 in Milwaukee, WI.;

 

1897, American pilot Amelia Earhart is born;

 

1901, O. Henry is released from prison in Columbus, Ohio after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank ;

 

1567, Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her 1-year-old son James VI; and in

 

1915, The passenger ship S.S. Eastland capsizes while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew are killed in the largest loss of lilfe disaster from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes. 

Help! I need somebody!

 

On July 23 in :

1995, Comet Hale-Bopp is discovered;

1940, Don Imus, American radio host is born;

1965, The Beatles release "Help" in the UK; and

1925, NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his first of 23 career grand slams. 

 

God Bless Willis Carrier; the "boy who lived" makes history

On July 21 in

 

1902, Willis Carrier creates the first air condtioner in Buffalo, NY;

 

356 BC, The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is destroyed by arson;

 

1925, in Dayton, Tennessee, high school biology teacher John T. Scopes is found guilty of teaching evolution in class and is                    fined  $100; 

 

1873, At Adair, Iowa, Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang pull off the first successful train robbery in the American Old West;

 

2007, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows becomes the fastest-selling novel ever published when it sells15 million copies in the first 24 hours of its release; and in 

 

1899, American author and Nobel Prize laureate Ernest Hemingway is born. 

 

 

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