Today in History

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1964
The Civil Rights Act is passed after a 83 day filibuster in U.S. Senate
1994
Guantanamo Bay Naval Base is reopened to process refugees
2009
U.S. financier,Bernard Madoff is sentenced to 150 yrs in prison for conducting a massive Ponzi scheme
 

Pam

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30th June

1837 - Punishment by pillory was finally abolished in Britain.

1937 - The world's first emergency telephone number, 999, was introduced in London. 999 was chosen was because it could be dialled on the old rotary dial telephones by placing a finger against the dial stop and rotating the dial to the full extent three times, even in the dark or in dense smoke. This enabled all users, including the visually impaired, to easily dial the emergency number.

1997- Britain handed Hong Kong back to China at midnight, when the 99 year lease expired.

2012 - Rufus, the hawk that patrolled Wimbledon's tennis courts to frighten away pigeons, was stolen from a car parked outside his owner's home. Three days later he was returned, to a national animal charity in London.
 

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1859
French acrobat,Charles Blondon becomes the 1st person to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope
1896
WS Hadaway patents the electric stove
1938
Superman 1st appears in DC Action Comics Series issue #1
 

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July 1st
1904
The Modern Day Summer Olympics opened in St.Louis,Missouri,1st time U.S. hosted the games
1941
Bulova Watch Company pays $9 for the 1st ever TV network commerical
1963
ZIP{Zone Improvement Plan} Codes introduced for U.S. mail
 

Pam

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1916 - World War I: Almost 20,000 British soldiers were killed and a further 57,500 were injured on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. It was the greatest number of British casualties in a single day's fighting in modern history. British casualties on day one were greater than the total combined British casualties in the Crimean, Boer, and Korean wars.

1967 - Colour television came to Europe with a seven hour transmission on BBC 2 from the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.

1969 - Prince Charles was invested Prince of Wales by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, at Caernarfon Castle in north Wales.

1977 - British tennis player Virginia Wade won the Women's Singles Championship at Wimbledon in its Centenary Year and during Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee year.
 

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July 2nd
1850
Benjamin Lane patents gas mask with breathing appartus
1962
Sam Walton opens his 1st Walmart in Rogers,Ark
1979
The U.S.Mint releases Susan B.Anthony dollar coin.The 1st to honor a woman
2005
10 Live 8 concerts are held around the world to raise awareness of poverty, organized by singer/songwriter/political activist,Bob Geldof
 

Pam

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1819 - The first Factory Act was passed in Britain. This banned the employment of children younger than 9 from working in textile factories, whilst those under 16 were allowed to work for 'only' 12 hours a day.

1940 - World War II: Adolf Hitler ordered German military commanders to draw up plans for the invasion of England.

2018 - British divers, John Volanthen, (an IT consultant based in Bristol) and Rick Stanton, (a former Midlands fire fighter), discovered 12 young Thai footballers and their coach, after nine days trapped in caves in northern Thailand. More than 1,000 people were involved in the global operation. All 13 were rescued after 17 days underground. It was the most challenging underground rescue in history.
 

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Buffalo,NY
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July 3rd
1819
Bank of Savings opens in NYC,1st savings bank in U.S.
1863
Battle of Gettysburg,largest battle on American soil ends in major victory for Union during U.S. Civil War
1930
U. S. Veterans Adminstration is created
 

Pam

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1928 - A policeman's helmet and a bunch of roses were among the pictures shown on John Logie Baird's first colour television test transmission at Baird Studios, in London.

1952 - The SS United States set sail on her maiden voyage to Southampton. During the voyage, the ship took the coveted Blue Riband away from the RMS Queen Mary, until that date the fastest passenger liner to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

1954 - The end of food rationing in Britain - almost 9 years after the end of World War II. Smithfield Meat Market in London opened at midnight instead of 6am to cope with the demand for beef.
 

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July 4th
The amended Declaration of Independence was approved by U.S. Congress,signed by John Hancock
1826
former U.S. Presidents, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died 4 hrs of each other on the 50th anniv of Declaration of Independence
1966
Pres.Lyndon Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act
 

Pam

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1840 - The Cunard Shipping Line began its first Atlantic crossing when the paddle steamer Britannia sailed from Liverpool en route to Halifax. The voyage took 14 days.

1947 - The 'Indian Independence Bill' was presented before the House of Commons, proposing the partition of the Provinces of British India into two sovereign countries – India and Pakistan.
 


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