Today in History


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All England Lawn Club is founded, name is changed to All England Croquet&Lawn Tennis Club
This is where Wimbledon tennis tournament is played
British East Africa renamed Kenya, becomes British colony
Frank Sinatra's album'Strangers in The Night' hits #1 on music charts. The single of same name is #1 for 15 weeks It won Grammy for Record of the Year,best male vocal performance
U.S. Congress passes a bill which was championed by comedian Jon Stewart to ensure 9/11 1st Responders Fund never runs out of money


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July 23rd Birthdays:
Raymond Chandler- mystery author/screenwriter'Farewell My Lovely, The Long Goodbye,The Big Sleep
Ian Thomas- Canadian singer/songwriter' Painted Ladies'
Woody Harrelson- actor best known TV role' Woody Boyd' in NBC sitcom' Cheers' his movies include 'Natural Born Killers,Zombieland, White Men Can't Jump, 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Alison Krauss- bluegrass singer/fiddler
Daniel Radcliffe- actor best known movie role' Harry Potter' in all 7 movies
Isaac Singer- American inventor of sewing machine 63
D.W. Griffith- film director/producer 'Birth of a Nation' 73
Montgomery Cliff-actor From Here to Eternity, Judgement at Nuremberg 45{heart attack}
Vic Morrow- actor killed in helicopter crash while filming' The Twilight Zone: The Movie' 53
Sally Ride- NASA astronaut, 1st U.S. woman in space 61{cancer}


On This Day In History, July 24th

2013 Santiago de Compostela derailment

A high-speed train traveling from Madrid to Ferrol derailed on a curve killing 79 people and injuring over 100.

1977 The 4-day long Libyan-Egyptian War comes to an end
The border war began with thousands of Libyans marching toward Egypt's borders.

1959 Kitchen debate between Nixon and Khrushchev
A series of debates, now popularly called the kitchen debates, occurred between U.S. President Nixon and Soviet Premier Khrushchev in Moscow. Nixon was visiting a house built as part of an exhibit in the American National Exhibition.

1923 The Treaty of Lausanne is signed between Turkey and the countries that formed the Allied Powers in the First World War
Under the treaty, Turkey had to give up all the territorial claims made by the Ottoman Empire and agree to new borders.

1911 Rediscovery of Machu Picchu
The 15th century, largely forgotten Inca site in Peru was rediscovered by American Hiram Bingham III.


Births On This Day, July 24th 🎂

1969 Jennifer Lopez
American actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman

1900 Zelda Fitzgerald
American author

1897 Amelia Earhart
American pilot, author

1802 Alexandre Dumas
French writer

1783 Simón Bolívar
Venezuelan commander

Deaths On This Day, July 24th 🪦

2012 Robert Ledley
American scientist invented the full-body CT scanner

2012 John Atta Mills
Ghanaian politician, 3rd President of Ghana

2010 Alex Higgins
Irish snooker player

1980 Peter Sellers
English film actor, comedian, singer

1862 Martin Van Buren
American politician, 8th President of the United States


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24th July

1411 The Battle of Harlaw, took place On This Day, just north of Inverurie in Aberdeenshire. It was one of a series of battles fought during the Middle Ages between the barons of northeast Scotland against those from the west coast and was one of the bloodiest battles in Scottish history.

1567 Mary Queen of Scots, imprisoned at Lochlevan Castle, was forced to abdicate her throne to her 1 year old son, James VI of Scotland - (James I of England).

1837 Robert Cocking made a parachute jump from a hot air balloon 5,000 feet above Kennington Common. Unfortunately the cone-shaped parachute inverted and he became the first person to die in a parachute jump.

1851 The window tax in Britain was abolished.

1883 Captain Matthew Webb, the first man to swim the English channel (1875) drowned whilst attempting to swim the rapids at Niagara Falls.

1943 World War II: The start of Operation Gomorrah saw British and Canadian aeroplanes bomb Hamburg by night, and the Americans bombed by day. By the end of the operation in November, 9,000 tons of explosives had killed more than 30,000 people and destroyed 280,000 buildings.


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Antione de la Mothe Cadillac finds trading post at Fort Ponchatrain later known as Detroit,Michigan
U.S. explorer/ archeologist, Hiram Bingham discovers Machu Picchu,Lost City of the Incas
Dr Cecily Saunders,nurse/ social worker starts the modern day pallitive care/hospice at St Christopher's in London,Eng
U. S. Supreme Court unanimously rules Pres Nixon must hand over Watergate tapes
movie 'Saving Pvt Ryan' directed by Stephen Spielburg is released .The story is set in WW II, Capt John Miller{Tom Hanks} and his squad of 7 men are sent to France to find Pvt James Ryan{Matt Damon} who lost his 3 brothers in battle, to send him home Other cast members, Jeremy Pivens, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore,Vin Diesel. All the actors except for Damon went through 'boot camp' in England to get in the proper attitude
The movie won Oscars for directing, cinematography,another great film score by John Williams
Facebook pays $5 billion fine the largest ever for violating consumer privacy by the U.S. Trade Commission


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July 24th Birthdays
Alexandre Dumas- French author' The Count of Monte Cristo, The 3 Musketeers
Frederick Law Omstead- U.S. landscape architech
Peter Yeats British film director 'Breaking Away, Bullitt,The Deep,A Separate Peace
Anna Paquin- actress, The Piano, True Blood, she won best supp actress Oscar for 'Piano' age 11
Matthew Webb- English long distance swimmer ,1st to swim across English Channel unassisted 35{drown In Niagara Falls whirlpool}
Tony Lema- U.S.golfer 32{plane crash}
Peter Sellers, actor 'Pink Panther', Being There 54
Dan Peek- singer/songwriter/guiatrist with group 'America',he left group in 1977 He wrote singles' Dont Cross The River, Today's The Day,Lonely People 60
Marni Nixon- U. S soprano who was 'film ghost singer' for Audrey Hepburn in 'My Fair Lady,Natalie Wood in 'West Side Story', Deborah Kerr in 'The King&I' 86


On This Day In History, July 25th

2007 India gets its first female president

Pratibha Patil, a politician stayed in office as the head of state of the South Asian country for 5 years.

1984 Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the First Woman to Walk in Space
The Soviet cosmonaut was part of the Soyuz T-12 mission, which docked at the Salyut 7 Space station. As part of the mission, she spent 3.5 hours in space testing tools. Savitskaya was also the second woman to go into space and the first to go to space twice.

1978 World's first test tube baby is born
Louise Joy Brown was the first person to be conceived using in-vitro fertilization or IVF technology, pioneered by doctors Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards.

1976 The famous Face on Mars photo is taken
Viking 1, the first space probe to successfully land on Mars took the famous photo of the Cydonia region on the Red Planet.

1956 Tunisia gains its independence from France
The northernmost African country, became a French protectorate in 1881, under the Treaty of Bardo. The path to independence in the country was marred by civil unrest and conflict and was led by Habib Bourguiba, who became the first president of the independent country.


Births On This Day, July 25th 🎂

1985 Nelson Piquet, Jr.
Brazilian race car driver

1951 Jack Thompson
American lawyer, activist

1941 Emmett Till
American murder victim

1920 Rosalind Franklin
English scientist

1750 Henry Knox
American general
Fog then sunny

Deaths On This Day, July 25th 🪦

2009 Harry Patch
British super-centenarian, last survivor of the WWI trenches

1997 Ben Hogan
American golfer

1980 Vladimir Vysotsky
Russian singer-songwriter, actor, poet

1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge
English poet, philosopher

306 Constantius Chlorus
Roman Emperor


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foundation stone was laid for King's College Chapel in Cambridge,England by King Henry VI,chapel was completed in 1515
inventor, Walter Hunt receives 1st U.S. patent for his invention of paper shirt collar
swimmer, John Sigmund begins longest swim ever,he swam for 89 hrs,46 min from St Louis to Carthersville, Missouri in Mississippi River 292 miles
world's 1st 'test tube' baby,Louise Joy Brown was born using vitro fertilization. Her mother, Lesley had blocked fallopian tubes. Louise weighed 5 pounds,12 oz. Her sister, Natalie was born the same way. Louise is married with 2 sons born natural way
actress/comedienne, Roseanne Barr screams the National Anthem during a Reds-San Diego Padres double header. She had her fingers in her ears, was roundly booed. She was asked to do this by Padres managing partner, Tom Weiner, who was co creator of her sitcom 'Roseanne'


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July 25th Birthdays
Walter Brennan- actor best known TV role' Grampa Amos McCoy' in sitcom'The Real McCoys '57-'63
Mitizi Shore-owner of The Comedy Store in Los Angeles,founder of Comedy Channel
Steve Goodman- singer/ songwriter' City of New Orleans'
Walter Payton-Hall of Fame running back with Chicago Bears
Matt LeBlanc- actor best known TV role' Joey' on NBC sitcom 'Friends'
1834- Samuel Taylor Coleridge- British romantic poet' Rime of Ancient Marnier' 61
Francois Coty- French perfume manufacturer 60
Charlie Rich- country singer'Behind Close Doors, The Most Beautiful Girl' 62
Bel Kaufman- author "Up The Down Staircase' 103


On This Day In History, July 26th

1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is signed into law

The law banned discrimination based on disability.

1965 Independence of Maldives
The Indian Ocean Island nation gained independence after 78 years of British rule.

1963 Syncom 2, the world's first geosynchronous communications satellite is launched

Part of NASA's Syncom program, it was responsible for transmitting the first TV signal from a geosynchronous satellite, a manmade satellite whose orbital period around the Earth matches the Earth's rotation.

1945 Potsdam Declaration is signed
Also known as the Proclamation Defining Terms for Japanese Surrender, the declaration signed by the US, UK, and China, detailed the terms of surrender for Japan after World War II.

1847 The country of Liberia is founded
This west African state was founded primarily by freed slaves from the United States. The Liberian constitution was based on the US's constitution and the capital, Monrovia, is named after James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States.


Births On This Day, July 26th 🎂

1943 Mick Jagger
English singer-songwriter, producer, actor

1928 Stanley Kubrick
American director

1894 Aldous Huxley
English author

1875 Carl Jung
Swiss psychiatrist

1856 George Bernard Shaw
Irish writer, Nobel Prize laureate

Deaths On This Day, July 26th 🪦

1995 George W. Romney
American businessman, politician

1952 Eva Perón
Argentinian actress, 25th First Lady of Argentina

1925 William Jennings Bryan
American politician, 41st United States Secretary of State

1863 Sam Houston
American soldier, politician, 1st President of the Republic of Texas

796 Offa of Mercia


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U.S Continential Congress creates U.S. Post Office in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin's leadership
FBI{Federal Bureau of Investigation} is created by Atty General Charles Bonaparte
Potsdam Declaration: allied leaders from U.S. England, China meet in German city, Potsdam after Germany's defeat but before Japan surrendered during WW II
Pres. George H.W. Bush signs into law American Disabilities Act which prohibts discrimination against people with disabilites
Mumbai,India receives 39.1 inches of rain in 24 hrs, which brings the city to a standstill over 2 days


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July 26th Birthdays:
George Bernard Shaw- Irish playwright 'Pygmalion'
Vivaan Vance- actress, best known TV role' Ethel Mertz' in classic sitcom' I Love Lucy'
Blake Edwards- film director, 'Breakfast at Tiffanys, S.O.B.,Days of Wine&Roses,Pink Panther,Victor/ Victoria
Helen Mirren- British actress 'The Madness of King George, Woman of Gold, The Queen,The Hundred Foot Journey won Best Actress Oscar for 'The Queen'
Dorothy Hamill- retired U.S. figure skater, won gold medal at '76 Winter Olympics
Sandra Bullock- actress, Speed, Gravity, The Proposal,The Blind Side, The Heat,Bird Box, she won Best Actress Oscar for' Blind Side
Eva Peron- Argentina's 1st Lady '46-'52/ humantarian 33{cancer},was inspiration for Andrew Lloyd Webber's
George Gallup- U.S. survey sampling pioneer, invented Gallup Poll 82
Mary Wells- pop/soul singer "My Guy' 49{cancer}


On This Day In History, July 27th

2012 Queen Elizabeth II officially opens the 2012 Summer Olympics in London
It was the 3rd time London had hosted the multi-event international sports event. The ceremony was called Isles of Wonder and was directed by Danny Boyle.

1985 Coup in Uganda
Tito Lutwa Okello, a Ugandan military officer successfully staged a coup against President Milton Obote. He was ousted by current president Yoweri Museveni 6 months later.

1955 Austrian State Treaty came to force
The treaty re-established Austria as a democratic and sovereign country after World War II. It also ended the Allied occupation of the country.

1940 Bugs Bunny's official debut

Bugs Bunny made his official debut in A Wild Hare.

1890 Vincent Van Gogh shoots himself
The famed painter shot himself in the chest. He died of his wounds two days later.


Births On This Day, July 27th 🎂

1980 Dolph Ziggler
American wrestler

1975 Alex Rodriguez
American baseball player

1969 Triple H
American wrestler, actor

1870 Hilaire Belloc
English writer

1824 Alexandre Dumas, fils
French author

Deaths On This Day, July 27th 🪦

2015 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Indian scientist, politician, 11th President of India

2003 Bob Hope
English/American actor, singer, producer

1980 Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Shah of Iran

1948 Joe Tinker
American baseball player

1946 Gertrude Stein
American poet, art collector


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27th July

1214 The Battle of Bouvines, which the English lost, in a field next to what is now the airport of Lille. "Bouvines is the most important battle in English history that no-one has ever heard of," said John France, medieval history professor. "Without Bouvines there is no Magna Carta, and all the British and American law that stems from that. The armies are small, but everything depends on the struggle. It's one of the climactic moments of European history."

1586 Sir Walter Raleigh brought the first tobacco to England, from Virginia.

1663 The English Parliament passed the Second Navigation Act requiring that all goods bound for the American colonies had to be sent in English ships from English ports.

1866 The Great Eastern arrived at Heart's Content in Newfoundland, having successfully laid the transatlantic telegraph cable. On its second attempt, the vessel brought the cable to Heart's Content, Newfoundland, from Valentia, Ireland, establishing the first communication between Europe and North America.


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U.S. Congress establishes Dept of Foreign Affairs better known as State Dept
Warner Bros cartoon character,'Bugs Bunny' created by Tex Avey, Bob Givens debuts in 'Wild Hare'
Pres Lyndon Johnson signs bill which requires all cigarette manufacturers to print health warnings about smoking on all of their packages
actress, Zsa Zsa Gabor begins her 3 day jail sentence for slapping a police officer in Beverly Hills,Calif
Fiat Chrysler is fined $105 mill by U.S regulators over their number of car recalls


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July 27 Birthdays:
Donald Crisp- British actor' How Green Was My Valley, Pollyanna
Norman Lear- TV writer/ producer of TV shows' All In The Family, The Jeffersons, One Day At a Time
Christopher Dean- ice dancer, he&his skating partner, Jayne Torvill won '84 Winter Olympic gold medal dancing to Maurice Ravel's Bolero
Maya Randolph- comedic actress, SNL '00-'07, 'Bridesmaids, 50 Dates, Grownups Her mother was singer Minnie Riperton who had hit single' Lovin You'
James Mason British actor- Lolita, North by Northwest, Boys from Brazil 75
Bob Hope- actor/ comedian/entertainer. he did 'Road to Rio' movies with Bing Crosby,& Dorothy Lamour 100
Sam Shepard- actor/ playwright Frances, Crimes of the Heart 73


On This Day In History, July 28th

2005 IRA Army Council Announces End to Armed Campaign

The Provisional Irish Republican Army, also known as IRA, announced an end to its armed campaign in the group's effort to free Northern Ireland from United Kingdom's rule.

1958 National Aeronautics and Space Act is passed by the US Congress
The act established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

1928 IX Summer Olympics open

The IX Summer Olympics opened in Amsterdam

1928 IX Summer Olympics open
The IX Summer Olympics opened in Amsterdam

1821 Peru declares independence
The Peruvian War of Independence against Spain began in 1811 and ended with a declaration of independence under the leadership of José de San Martín.


Births On This Day, July 28th 🎂

1990 Soulja Boy
American rapper, producer, actor

1954 Hugo Chávez
Venezuelan military officer, politician, President of Venezuela

1938 Alberto Fujimori
Peruvian politician

1929 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
American book editor, 37th First Lady of the United States

1902 Karl Popper
Austrian/English philosopher

Deaths On This Day, July 28th 🪦

2004 Francis Crick
English biologist, biophysicist, neuroscientist, Nobel Prize laureate

1968 Otto Hahn
German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate

1750 Johann Sebastian Bach
German organist, composer

1741 Antonio Vivaldi
Italian violinist, composer

1540 Thomas Cromwell
English statesman


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Peru declares independence from Spain
metric system becomes legal measurement system in the U.S.
the foxtrot was 1st danced at the New Amsterdam Roof Garden by Harry Fox in NYC
United Kingdom starts using postal codes
NASA releases transcript from doomed space shuttle'Challenger' pilot, Michael Smith can be heard
saying' Uh,oh" as it distingrated 73 seconds after lift off. All 7 astronauts aboard including teacher, Christa McAullife were killed
earliest evidence of cancer found in 1.7 million yr old toe fossil found in Swartkrans Cave, South Africa


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July 28th Birthdays:
Beatrix POtter- English children's writer'The Tales of Peter Rabbitt
Natalie Babbitt- U.S. children's writer' Tuck Everlasting
Jim Davis- cartoonist,creator of comic strip 'Garfield'
Antonio Vivladi- Italian Baroque composer' The 4 Seasons' 63
Frank Loesser- songwriter/composer 'Guys&Dolls, Most Happy Fella, Baby,Its Cold Outside 59
Francis Crick- English molecular biologist,co discover of DNA structure 88


On This Day In History, July 29th

2008 United States Congress apologizes for slavery

The U.S. House of Representatives publicly apologized for the institution of slavery and Jim Crow laws that discriminated against African Americans.

1981 Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer
The most talked about wedding of the year was watched on television by millions of people worldwide. The couple were married in St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom, and divorced 15 years later in 1996.

1957 The International Atomic Energy Agency is established
The independent agency aims to ban the use of nuclear energy for military purposes. American W. Sterling Cole served as the agency's first director general.

1948 The XIV Olympics opened in London, the United Kingdom after a 12-year hiatus due to the Second World War

The last Summer Olympics before this were held in Berlin in 1936.

1836 The Arc de Triomphe is inaugurated in Paris, France
The famous monument honors those to dies while fighting for France during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. It was designed by Jean Chalgrin.