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    June 9th:

    1970 – King Hussein of Jordan survives an assassination attempt. A gunman fired at his car but only injured the driver.

    1959 – America launches the USS George Washington – the first submarine to be armed with ballistic missiles.

    1870 – English novelist, Charles Dickens, dies following a brain hemorrhage.

    1923 – Bulgaria’s military takes over the government in a coup.

    1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Brandy Station, Virginia.


    17 Sivan

    5704 / 1944

    yartzheit of Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Teger the author of ‘Maged Shamayim’

    5704 / 1944

    yartzheit of Rabbi Moshe Farand of Makave the author of ‘Ohel Moshe’


    June 10th:

    1977 – Apple Computer ships its first Apple II personal computer.

    1965 – Vietnam War: Battle of Dong Xoai begins.

    1947 – Saab produces its first automobile.

    1942 – World War II: Nazis burn the Czech village of Lidice as reprisal for the killing of Reinhard Heydrich.

    1940 – World War II: Norway Surrenders to German forces.

    1935 – Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio, United States, by Bill Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith.

    1898 – US Marines land on the island of Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

    1854 – The first class of United States Naval Academy students graduate.

    1692 – Salem witch trials: Bridget Bishop is hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts


    I hadn’t noticed that all I’ve found are yartzheits! I’ll have to do more digging! 🙂

    I’ll have to skip today since I’ve found only more yarzheits and death al kiddush Hashem. Maybe tomorrow?


    June 11th:

    2001 – Timothy McVeigh executed for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed at least 168 people

    1990 – Supreme Court says law prohibiting desecration of U.S. flag unconstitutional

    1984 – Supreme Court declares illegally obtained evidence may be admitted at trial if it could be proved that it would have been discovered legally

    1982 – Israel and Syria stop fighting in Lebanon

    1963 – John F. Kennedy says segregation is morally wrong and that it is “time to act”

    1962 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted an honorary degree from Yale

    1941 – Vichy-French planes bomb Tel Aviv, killing 20 Jews

    1941 – 2nd great raid on Jews of Amsterdam

    1939 – King and Queen of England taste 1st “hot dogs” at FDR’s party

    1878 – DC is given a new government by Congress, 3 commissioners appointed by president (change in 1974)

    1876 – Republicans pick Rutherford B Hayes as presidential candidate

    1690 – English king Willem III departs to Ireland


    mod39: i give you the great honour today, of doing the date in history! a gutten shobbos to you!


    This Date in History (June 12th)

    1971 – President Richard M. Nixon’s daughter Tricia and Edward F. Cox were married in the White House Rose Garden.

    1981 – Major league baseball players began a 49-day strike over the issue of free-agent compensation.

    1997 – The Treasury Department unveiled a new $50 bill meant to be more counterfeit-resistant.


    This Date in History (June 13th)

    1983 – The U.S. space probe Pioneer 10 became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system as it crossed the orbit of Neptune.


    June 14th:

    1991 – The Gulf War: In excess of a thousand Kurds besiege the U.S. military base near the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk, begging the American troops not to withdraw from Iraq.

    1985 – TWA Flight 847 from Athens to Rome is hijacked by Hezbollah terrorists.

    1777 – In America, Congress adopts the Stars and Stripes as its official flag.

    1775 – The Continental Congress establishes The United States Army.

    1645 – The English Civil War: Parliamentary forces commanded by Oliver Cromwell defeat the Royalist troops of Charles I at the Battle of Naseby in Northampton shire.

    1989 – Queen Elizabeth II knights Ronald Reagan

    1954 – President Eisenhower signs order adding words ‘under God’ to the Pledge

    1953 – Eisenhower condemns McCarthy’s book burning proposal

    1942 – Anne Frank begins her diary

    1940 -Auschwitz concentration camp opens

    1936 – Oranienburg Concentration Camp opens

    1922 – President Harding is 1st U.S. president to use radio, dedicating the Francis Scott Key memorial in Baltimore

    1946 – Donald Trump’s birthday, billionaire/master builder, Trump Towers/Plaza/Castle


    June 15th:

    1982 – Supreme Court rules all children, regardless of citizenship, are entitled to a public education

    1963 – Israeli premier David Ben-Gurion resigns

    1924 – J. Edgar Hoover assumed leadership of the FBI

    1924 – Native Americans are proclaimed U.S. citizens

    1915 – U.S. government mints 1st $50 gold pieces, for Panama Pacific Expo

    1898 – U.S. House of Representatives accept annexation of Hawaii

    1898 – U.S. Marines attack Spanish off Guantanamo, Cuba

    1878 – 1st attempt at motion pictures (used 12 cameras, each taking 1 picture) done

    to see if all 4 of a horse’s hooves leave the ground

    1877 – Henry O. Flipper becomes 1st black graduate at West point

    1864 – Congress passes legislation equalizing pay for Black soldiers

    1864 – Robert E. Lee’s home area, Arlington, Virginia, becomes a military cemetery

    1836 – Arkansas becomes 25th state

    1804 – 12th amendment ratified; deals with manner of choosing president

    1775 – George Washington appointed commander-in-chief of American Army


    mod39: today’s your day to post the this date in history post!


    This Date in History (June 16th)

    1858 – Abraham Lincoln argued that “a house divided against itself cannot stand” in a speech to the state Repbulican convention in Springfield, Ill., after he was nominated for the U.S. Senate.

    1987 – A jury in New York acquitted Bernhard Goetz of attempted murder in the subway shooting of four young blacks he said were going to rob him; he was convicted of illegal weapons possession.

    1992 – Former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger was indicted on felony charges in the Iran-Contra affair. (He was later pardoned by President George H. W. Bush.)

    1996 – Russian voters went to the polls in their first independent presidential election; the result was a runoff between President Boris Yeltsin, the eventual winner, and a Communist challenger.

    2000 – Federal regulators approved the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE Corp., creating the nation’s largest local phone company, Verizon.


    Israel withdraws from all of Lebanon, except the disputed Sheba Farms.

    Israel withdrew from every last square inch of Lebanon.

    This was even certified by the U.N., which is no fan of Israel.

    Lebanon and Syria then manufactured the claim that Shebaa Farms was part of Lebanon (a claim never put forward previously) in order to give Hezbolla an excuse to continue attacking Israel.


    June 17th:

    1994 – O.J. Simpson doesn’t turn himself in on murder charges, Los Angles police chase his Ford Bronco for 1 hours, eventually gives up

    1991 – President Zachary Taylor’s body is exhumed to test how he died

    1988 – Microsoft releases MS DOS 4.0

    1988 – Women sentenced to 90 years in 1st product tampering murder case

    1982 – President Reagan 1st United Nations General Assembly address, “evil empire” speech

    1972 – 5 arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party HQ at Watergate

    1963 – Supreme Court rules against Bible reading/prayer in public schools

    1954 – Televised Senate Army McCarthy hearings ends

    1953 – Supreme Court Justice Wm O Douglas stays executions of spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for next day their 14th anniversary

    1950 – 1st kidney transplant, Chicago

    1928 – Amelia Earhart leaves Nfld to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)

    1898 – U.S. Senate agrees to annex Hawaii

    1775 – Battle of Bunker Hill, actually it was Breed’s Hill


    June 18th:

    1991 – Mud storm in Antofagasta Chile, kills 80

    1982 – Voting Rights Act of 1965 extended by Senate by 85-8 vote

    1981 – Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart retires, replaced by Sandra Day O’Connor, 1st woman on high court

    1979 – Billy Martin becomes Yankee manager (2nd time), replacing Bob Lemon

    1979 – President Carter and Leonid I Brezhnev sign SALT 2 treaty

    1968 – Supreme Court bans racial discrimination in sale and rental of housing

    1940 – Winston Churchill urges perseverance so that future generations would remember that “this was their finest hour”

    1938 – Babe Ruth is signed as a Dodgers coach for the rest of the season

    1936 – 1st bicycle traffic court in America established, Racine, Wisconsin

    1928 – Amelia Earhart becomes 1st female to fly across Atlantic Ocean

    1873 -Susan B. Anthony fined $100 for attempting to vote for President

    1872 – Woman’s Suffrage Convention held at Mercantile Liberty Hall

    1682 – William Penn founds Philadelphia


    mod39: today’s your day to post this date in history!

    p.s. the dates June 19th!

    p.s.s. have you noticed my pattern of when i give you to do the days dates?!


    since it maybe shobbos for 39…here goes….

    June 19th:

    1988 – World’s Largest Sausage/hot dog completed at 13 miles long

    1988 – 32 divers finish cycling underwater on a standard tricycle,to complete 116.66 mi in 75 hours 20 minutes

    1964 – Civil Rights Act of 1964 passes 73-27

    1961 – Kuwait declares independence from U.K.

    1948 – Panama and Costa Rica recognize Israel

    1948 – U.S.S.R. blocks access road to West Berlin

    1944 – Japanese troops conquer Changsha China

    1944 – Heavy air raid on U.S. fleet at Guam “Turkey Shoot”

    1941 – Cheerios Cereal invents an O-shaped cereal

    1941 – Romania orders Jews to evacuate Darabani

    1941 – U.S. president Roosevelt signs Two Ocean Navy Expansion Act

    1917 – After WW I King George V ordered members of British royal family to dispense with German titles and surnames, they take the name Windsor

    1910 – Father’s Day celebrated for 1st time (Spokane, Wash) .

    1862 – Slavery outlawed in U.S. territories

    1861 – Anaheim Post Office established

    1286 – Rabbenu Mir of Rothenbur imprisoned in fortress of Ensisheim

    1269 – King Louis IX of Frances decrees all Jews must wear a badge of shame


    This Date in History (June 20th)

    1791 – King Louis XVI of France attempted to flee the country in the so-called Flight to Varennes, but was caught.

    1967 – boxer Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted. The conviction was later overturned by the Supreme Court.

    1997 – The tobacco industry agreed to a massive settlement in exchange for relief from mounting lawsuits and legal bills.

    2001 – Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the bathtub in her family’s home in Houston. (She was later found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a state hospital.)

    2002 – The U.S. Supreme Court declared that executing mentally retarded murderers was unconstitutionally cruel.

    2007 – President George W. Bush vetoed an embryonic stem cell bill for the second time.


    June 21st:

    1990 – U.S. House of Representatives vote 254-177 to stop U.S. flag burning, doesn’t pass

    1989 – Supreme Court rules ok to burn U.S. flag as a political expression

    1986 – President Reagan gives speech defending his judicial appointments

    1982 – John Hinckley found not guilty of 1981 attempted assassination of President Reagan by reason of insanity

    1981 – 12-bottle case of 1979 Napamedoc Cabernet wine auctioned for $24,000

    1977 – Menachem Begin (Likud), becomes Israel’s 6th PM

    1950 – Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th hit

    1942 – President Roosevelt/premier Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C.

    1913 – Tiny Broadwick is 1st woman to parachute from an airplane

    1895 – British Roseberry government falls

    1893 – 1st Ferris wheel premieres at Chicago’s Columbian Exposition

    1887 – Britain celebrates golden jubilee of Queen Victoria

    1858 – Louisiana chess prodigy Paul Morphy arrives in Europe

    1788 – U.S. Constitution goes into effect as New Hampshire is 9th to ratify

    1768 – 1st U.S. bachelor of medicine degree, Dr. John Archer

    1684 – King Charles II revokes Massachusetts Bay Colony charter

    1498 – Jews are expelled from Nurenberg Bavaria by Emperor Maximillian


    June 22nd:

    1992 – 2 skeletons excavated in Yekaterinburg ID’ed as Czar Nicholas II and wife

    1992 – Supreme Court rules hate crime laws violated free-speech rights

    1983 – 1st time a satellite is retrieved from orbit, by Space Shuttle

    1983 – NHL institutes a 5 minute sudden death overtime period

    1982 – Manhattan institutes bus-only lanes

    1982 – Prince Chuck and Lady Di take Prince William home from hospital

    1970 – President Nixon signs 26th amendment, voting age lowered to 18

    1944 – Franklin D. Roosevelt signs “GI Bill of Rights”, Servicemen’s Readjustment Act

    1939 – Future Queen Elizabeth of England meets future husband Philip

    1911 – King George V of England crowned

    1870 – Congress creates Department of Justice

    1868 – Arkansas re-enters U.S.

    1377 – Richard II succeeds Edward III as king of England


    June 23rd:

    1996 – Nintendo 64 goes on sale in Japan

    1994 – South Africa reclaims its seat in U.N.

    1993 – U.N. authorizes worldwide oil embargo against Haiti

    1992 – Rabin wins Israeli parliamentary election

    1991 – Mazda becomes 1st Japanese car to capture Le Mans 24 hour race

    1983 – Syria throws out PLO leader Arafat

    1983 – U.S. Supreme Court ruled Congress could not veto presidential decisions

    1981 – New York City mayor Koch turns down a $7,500 offer to perform comedy

    1980 – 1st solar-powered coast-to-coast two-way radio conversation

    1974 – 1st extraterrestrial message sent from Earth into space

    1972 – Nixon and Haldeman agree to use CIA to cover up Watergate

    1963 – President Kennedy tours West-Europe

    1951 – Most expensive U.S. hailstorm ($1.5M crop damage and $14M property-Kansas)

    1888 – Frederick Douglass is 1st African-American nominated for president

    1860 – U.S. Secret Service created

    anon for this

    Jax, your post yesterday mentioning that Arkansas reentered the US in 1868 surprised me. I hadn’t realized (or maybe I learned but forgot) how long it took after the end of the Civil War in 1865 before the seceded states rejoined. And although most states were back in the Union by the end of 1868, Mississippi didn’t rejoin until Feb. 1870, almost 5 years after the war ended.


    anon for this: i’m actually an American History freak & find such info so much fun!


    39: if your around…jump in! today’s your day mate!


    This Date in History (June 24th)

    2003 – President Vladimir Putin arrived in London on the first state visit to Britain by a Russian leader since the 19th century.

    2004 – Federal investigators questioned President George W. Bush for more than an hour in connection with the news leak of a CIA operative’s name.

    anon for this

    I should have realized that Jax. I don’t know as much about American history as I’d like, but I’m fascinated by the Civil War, because of the way it has shaped & is still shaping attitudes in this country.


    June 24th, 1994- The Lion King hits the top of box office charts. (Not terribly significant, except that I was a little kid then. My parents took me to see the movie and I got scared and started crying.)

    June 24th, 1994- Pilot Bud Holland loses control of a U.S. Air Force plane during a practice flight. All four crew members die.

    June 24th, 1885- Woodrow Wilson marries Ellen Louise Axson.


    anon for this: yeah the civil war was a fascinating war! lots of interesting facts there!


    June 25th:

    2006 – Warren Buffett donates $30 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

    1997 – Christie’s auction house auctions off Princess Di’s clothing for $5.5 million

    1990 – Supreme Court rules family members cannot end lives of comatose relatives unless those relatives previously made their wishes known

    1962 – Supreme Court rules New York school prayer unconstitutional

    1961 – Baltimore and California use a record 16 pitchers in a game (8 each) in 14 inns

    1953 – 1st passenger to fly commercially around the world < 100 hours

    1950 – Israeli airline El Al begins service

    1949 – Presidential election in Syria (some women allowed to vote

    1947 – 1st edition of Anne Frank’s “The Back of House” published

    1947 – Tennis shoe introduced

    1942 – British RAF staged a 1,000 bomb raid on Bremen Germany (WW II)

    1942 – British premier Winston Churchill travels from U.S. to London

    1942 – General Dwight Eisenhower appointed commander of U.S. forces in Europe

    1941 – Franklin D. Roosevelt issues Executive Order 8802 forbidding discrimination

    1941 – Fair Employment Practices Commission established

    1868 – FL, AL, LA, GA, North Carolina and South Carolina readmitted to US

    1868 – President Andrew Johnson passes a law that government workers would work 8 hr day

    1867 – 1st barbed wire patented by Lucien B Smith of Ohio

    1798 – U.S. passes Alien Act allowing president to deport dangerous aliens

    1788 – Virginia becomes 10th state to ratify U.S. constitution

    1672 – 1st recorded monthly Quaker meeting in U.S. held, Sandwich, Mass

    1638 – Lunar eclipse is 1st astronomical event recorded in U.S

    1630 – Fork introduced to American dining by Governor Winthrop

    1096 – 1st Crusade slaughter Jews of Werelinghofen Germany


    Today is Friday, June 26, the 177th day of 2009. There are 188 days left in the year.

    Today’s Highlight in History:

    On June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he expressed solidarity with the city’s residents by declaring: ”Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner).

    On this date:

    In 1870, the first section of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk was opened to the public in New Jersey.

    In 1919, the New York Daily News was first published.

    In 1945, the charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco.

    In 1948, the Berlin Airlift began in earnest after the Soviet Union cut off land and water routes to the isolated western sector of Berlin.

    In 1950, President Harry S. Truman authorized the Air Force and Navy to enter the Korean conflict.

    In 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower joined Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in ceremonies officially opening the St. Lawrence Seaway. Swedish boxer Ingemar Johansson knocked out Floyd Patterson in the third round of their match at New York’s Yankee Stadium to win the heavyweight title.

    In 1973, former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an ”enemies list” kept by the Nixon White House.

    In 1977, 42 people were killed when a fire sent toxic smoke pouring through the Maury County Jail in Columbia, Tenn.

    In 1988, three people were killed when a new Airbus A320 jetliner carrying more than 130 people crashed into a forest during an air show demonstration flight in Mulhouse, France.

    In 1989, the Supreme Court ruled the death penalty may be imposed for murderers who committed their crimes as young as age 16, and for mentally retarded killers as well.

    Ten years ago: An advance contingent of Russian troops flew into Kosovo to help reopen a strategic airport and join an uneasy alliance with NATO peacekeepers.

    Five years ago: President George W. Bush won support from the 25-nation European Union for an initial agreement to help train Iraq’s armed forces. A memorial service was held in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., for Paul M. Johnson Jr., an engineer slain by kidnappers in Saudi Arabia.

    One year ago: The Supreme Court struck down a handgun ban in the District of Columbia as it affirmed, 5-4, that an individual right to gun ownership existed. Juan Alvarez, who triggered a 2005 rail disaster in Glendale, Calif., by parking an SUV on the tracks, was convicted of 11 counts of first-degree murder. (Alvarez was later sentenced to 11 consecutive life terms.)

    Thought for Today: “When I was a young man I vowed never to marry until I found the ideal woman. Well, I found her — but, alas, she was waiting for the perfect man.” — Robert Schuman, French statesman (1886-1963).


    This Date in History (June 27th)


    This Date in History (June 28th)

    1914 – Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife, Sofia, were assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serb nationalist. The event triggered World War I.

    1919 – The Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending World War

    2004 – The United States resumed direct diplomatic ties with Libya after a 24-year break.

    2007 – The American bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list.


    Here is a list of things which happened on the 29th of June over the years:

    The Virginia state constitution was adopted. (1776)

    Ninety-nine people are killed in Canada’s worst railway disaster near St-Hilaire, Quebec. (1864)

    France annexes Tahiti. (1880)

    The Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge in Staten Island, New York both opened. (1928)

    The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 is signed, officially creating the United States Interstate Highway System. (1956)

    The U.S. Supreme Court rules the death penalty could constitute “cruel and unusual punishment”. (1972)

    A divided Supreme Court ruled that women have a constitutional right to abortion, but the justices also weakened the right as defined by the Roe v. Wade decision. (1992)

    President George W. Bush transferred presidential powers to Vice President Dick Cheney for more than two hours during a routine colon screening that ended in a clean bill of health. (2002)

    Hamdan v. Rumsfeld: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that President George W. Bush’s plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violates U.S. and international law. (2006)

    The first Apple iPhones went on sale. (2007)



    British authorities arrested more than 2,700 Jews in Palestine in an attempt to stamp out alleged terrorism. (1946)


    Someone please verify or correct me if I am wrong: Today 7 Tamuz is the yartzeit of The Gerrer Rebbe, The Lev Simcha.


    Here is a list of things which happened on the 30th of June over the years:

    French acrobat Charles Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope. (1859)

    Charles J. Guiteau is hanged in Washington, D.C. for the shooting death of President James Garfield. (1882)

    Albert Einstein publishes the article “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies”, in which he introduces special relativity. (1905)

    The United States Congress passes the Meat Inspection Act and Pure Food and Drug Act. (1906)

    U.S. President Warren G. Harding appoints former President William Howard Taft Chief Justice of the United States. (1921)

    The Night of the Long Knives, Adolf Hitler’s ym”s violent purge of his political rivals in Germany, takes place. (1934)

    The first Chevrolet Corvette rolls off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. (1953)

    A TWA Super Constellation and a United Airlines DC-7 (Flight 718) collide above the Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States, killing all 128 on board the two planes. (1956)

    The crew of the Soviet Soyuz 11 spacecraft are killed when their air supply escapes through a faulty valve. (1971)

    Ohio ratifies the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, lowering the voting age to 18, thereby putting the amendment into effect. (1971)

    Thirty-nine American hostages from a hijacked TWA jetliner are freed in Beirut after being held for 17 days. (1985)

    Doctors implanted a dual-purpose pacemaker in Vice President Dick Cheney’s chest. (2001)

    The international Cassini spacecraft entered Saturn’s orbit after a nearly seven-year journey. (2004)

    A car crashes into Glasgow International Airport in Scotland,a terrorist attack. (2007)


    This Date in History (July 1st – Canada Day)

    1867 – The British North America Act, 1867 takes effect as the Constitution of Canada, creating the Canadian Confederation; John A. Macdonald sworn as first Prime Minister.

    1946 – The United States exploded a 20-kiloton atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

    1997 – Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule after 156 years as a British colony.


    This date in Jewish History – July 1st

    70 c.e. Titus set up battering rams to assault the walls of Jerusalem.

    1388 Jews of Lithuania received a Charter of Privilege.

    1776 First Jew to lose his life in the American Revolution.

    1862 Russian Jews granted permission to print Jewish books.

    1920 Sir Herbert Samuel became first British High-Commissioner of Palestine.

    1941 Pogrom in Jassy, the cradle of Rumanian anti-Semitism claimed 5000 Jewish



    July 1st, 2004- Israeli Supreme Court mandates reroute of fence to balance security and humanitarian needs.


    This Date in History (July 2nd)

    1976 – The Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual.

    2001 – Robert Tools received the world’s first self-contained artificial heart in Louisville, Ky. (He lived 151 days with the device.)


    100th Post!!

    Here is a list of things which happened on the 3rd of July over the years:

    American Revolutionary War: George Washington takes command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts. (1775)

    American Revolutionary War: British forces massacre 360 people in the Wyoming Valley massacre. (1778)

    The first savings bank in the United States (The Bank of Savings in New York City) opens. (1819)

    Congress establishes the United States’s 2nd mint in San Francisco, California. (1852)

    Dow Jones published its 1st stock average. (1884)

    The New York Tribune becomes the first newspaper to use a linotype machine, eliminating typesetting by hand. (1886)

    Idaho is admitted as the 43rd U.S. state. (1890)

    World War II: Minsk is liberated from Nazi control by Soviet troops during Operation Bagration. (1944)

    The biggest explosion in the history of rocketry occurs when the Soviet N1 rocket explodes and subsequently destroys its launchpad. (1969)

    US President Jimmy Carter signs the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. (1979)

    US President Ronald Reagan presides over the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty. (1986)

    United States Navy warship USS Vincennes shoots down Iran Air Flight 655 over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard. (1988)

    Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic refused to enter a plea on war crimes charges in his first appearance before a U.N. tribunal at The Hague. (2001)

    A NASA space probe, Deep Impact, hit its comet target as planned in a mission to learn how the solar system formed. (2005)


    Here is a list of things which happened on the 4th of July over the years:

    The Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. (1776)

    The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people. (1803)

    At Rome, New York, United States, construction on the Erie Canal begins. (1817)

    Death claimed the second and third presidents of the United States: John Adams died at age 90 in Braintree, Mass., while Thomas Jefferson died at 83 at Monticello, his home near Charlottesville, Va. (1826)

    The people of France offer the Statue of Liberty to the people of the United States. (1886)

    Baseball player Lou Gehrig, afflicted with a fatal illness, bid a tearful farewell at Yankee Stadium in New York, telling fans, “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.” (1939)

    A 49th star was added to the American flag to represent the new state of Alaska. (1959)

    The number of stars on the American flag was increased to 50 to honor the new state of Hawaii. (1960)

    President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act into United States law. The act goes into effect the next year. (1966)

    Israeli commandos raided Entebbe airport in Uganda, rescuing almost all of the passengers and crew of an Air France jetliner seized by pro-Palestinian hijackers. (1976)

    Klaus Barbie, the former Gestapo chief known as the “Butcher of Lyon,” was convicted by a French court of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison. (1987)


    This Date in History (July 5th)

    1950 – The Knesset passes the Law of Return which grants all Jews the right to immigrate to Israel.


    This Date in History (July 6th)

    1944 – Fire broke out in the main tent of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Conn., killing 169 people.

    2004 – Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry chose former rival Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina to be his running mate.

    2005 – New York Times reporter Judith Miller was jailed after refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating the leak of an undercover CIA operative’s name. (She was jailed for 85 days before agreeing to testify.)


    July 6, 1886: French scientist Louis Pasteur (also famous for developing the process of pasteurization of milk) successfully tested his rabies vaccine on a 9-year-old boy who had been bitten by a rabid dog, thereby saving him from certain death.

    July 6, 1947: In the Soviet Union, production began on the AK-47 assault rifle (also known as the Kalashnikov, after the man who created it).


    This Date in History (July 7th)

    1931 – Construction began on Boulder Dam (later Hoover Dam) on the Colorado River.

    1981 – President Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice on the United States Supreme Court.

    1987 – Lt. Col. Oliver North began his public testimony at the Iran-Contra hearing, telling Congress that he had “never carried out a single act, not one” without authorization.


    This Date in History (July 8th)


    Here’s one for the supergeeks, and I do mean that. All others are forewarned.

    2009 – Approximately 35 minutes after noon, the time/date will be 12:34:56 on 7/8/9.




    July 8th, 1283- The Crown of Aragon defeated the Kingdom of Naples in the Battle of Malta (War of the Sicilian Vespers.)

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