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The Month of July in History- Each Date Illustrated
July 01, this day is the start of National Blueberry Month. Blueberries are grown in 35 states in the US, which produce over 90% of all of the blueberries in the world. Trivia buffs: The Native Americans taught the pilgrims to use blueberries in many ways. Blueberries were dried in the sun and ground into a powder. The powder was used to make a pudding called Sautauthig, and to season meat as a spice rub.
July 02, this day is the anniversary of the Lawrence Welk Show. In 1955, the Lawrence Welk TV show premiered. It was considered good, old-fashioned family entertainment at its best with all kinds of music, particularly from the Big Band Era.
July 03, this day is Perfect Pac-Man Game Day. In 1999, Billy Mitchell of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, played the first perfect game of the Pac-Man arcade video game at Funspot Arcade in
Weirs Beach, New Hampshire. He scored 3,333,360 points, the maximum possible. The entire six-hour game was videotaped. Way to go, Billy!
July 04, that today, besides being celebrated as Independence Day (Happy 4th!) in the US, is the birthday of the Erie Canal. The Erie Canal was the first major human-made waterway in
the United States. It opened the western frontier by providing a waterway between the Hudson River and Lake Erie. Work began on the canal on July 4th, 1817.
July 05, this day is Venezuela Independence Day. In 1811, Venezuela became the first South American country to declare its independence from Spain. Ten years later at the Battle of Carabobo, they finally gained their freedom.
July 06, this day is the Running of the Bulls Festival. The Festival of San Fermin, or the Pamplona bull running as it's more commonly known, officially begins at midday on July 6.
Thousands of people congregate in the square awaiting the mayor's official announcement that the fiestas have begun, a rocket is launched and the partying begins.
July 07, this day is the anniversary of the Round Stamp. In 2000, the U.S. Postal Service issued America's first round, five-sided, and hologram stamps. The stamps were released
during the World Stamp Expo 2000 in Anaheim, California. The $11.75 stamp, which also marks the first round issue, depicts a view of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 astronauts.
July 08, this day is the anniversary of the Olive Branch Petition. In 1775, representatives from the 13 original colonies signed a petition (the Olive Branch Petition) to King
George III as a final attempt to avoid a complete break of the U.S. colonies from England.
July 09, this day is Argentina Independence Day. In 1816, 18 congressmen met in San Miguel de Tucuman and signed a formal declaration of independence against the king of Spain. For Argentine children, this day marks the beginning of two weeks vacation from school.
July 10, this day is Clerihew Day. This is the birthday of Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875), inventor of the clerihew. A clerihew is a humorous verse form consisting of two rhyming couplets of unequal length. One of the best known is: Sir Christopher Wren Went to dine with some men. He said, If anyone calls, Say I'm designing St. Paul's.
July 11, this day is the birthday of John Quincy Adams. John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, on July 11, 1767. He was the son of John Adams, second president of the United States.
July 12, this day is USA Woman VP Day. In 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale chose Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate. She was verified at the party convention a week later on July 19th. Ferraro became the first woman to run for vice president from a major party.
July 13, this day is the birthday of Erno Rubik (1944). The Hungarian inventor is best known for his invention of the Rubik's Cube in the spring of 1974. One eighth of the world's population has laid hands on the Cube, the most popular puzzle in history. There is only 1 correct answer and 43 quintillion wrong ones for Rubik's Cube.
July 14, this day is Blair Witch Project Day. The Blair Witch Project movie premiered on July 14, 1999, at the Angelika Film Center in New York City. The film, made for a pittance, became
one of the hits of the summer of '99 and one of the bestselling independently made movies of all time.
July 15, this day is the anniversary of the Toilet Festival. In 2000, the people of Granite Falls, Washington, hosted a two-day Toilet Festival to celebrate the opening of its first public restroom. Instead of a ribbon-cutting ceremony, they hosted a ceremonial tearing of toilet paper. The Mayor wore a crown and cape made of toilet paper and held a toilet plunger/toilet paper scepter. Celebrate with your own roll today!
July 16, this day is the birthday of Orville Redenbacher (1907). The American popcorn king was born on this day in Brazil, Indiana. He and his partner, Charlie Bowman, tried tens of thousands of hybrid strains of popcorn before achieving success. Trivia buffs: The hybrid was initially called RedBow but they were advised by an advertising agency to use the name Orville Redenbacher to market the corn. Good choice!
July 17, this day is Eye-Popping Lightning Day. In 1988, lightning struck down near a house in upstate New York. The lightning blew off the hubcaps and flattened the tires of nearby cars. It also caused the contact lens of the homeowner to pop out of his eye!
July 18, this day is On-Demand Book Day. In 2000, Lightning Source announced the printing of its millionth on-demand book, a milestone for the on-demand book industry. The landmark
one-millionth book to roll off Lightning's presses was Poems by Hermann Hesse, a collection of poetry written by the world-renowned author of Siddhartha and Steppenwolf.
July 19, this day is National Get Out of the Doghouse Day. It's like a Get Out of Jail Free card. If you're in trouble with someone you love, today's your day for a reprieve!
July 20, this day is Spanish Doubloons Day. In 1985, Mel Fisher first located a Spanish galleon that had sunk off Key West, Florida, during a hurricane in 1622. The ship contained more than $400 million worth of treasure.
July 21, this day is Invite an Alien to Live with You Day. On the birthday of Robin Williams, the alien Mork of "Mork and Mindy," invite an alien to live with you or, at the very least, invite a stranger to lunch! Williams was born on July 21, 1952, to Chicago, Illinois.
July 22, this day is Rat Catchers Day. This day celebrates
the anniversary of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, who piped away the town's rats in 1376. When the town refused to pay him for his
services, he piped away the town's children as well. Always pay the piper!
July 23, this day is the birthday of Raymond Chandler (1888). Chandler was an Anglo-American novelist and screenwriter who had an immense influence upon the modern private detective story, especially in the writing style that is now characteristic of the genre. His protagonist, Philip Marlowe, along with Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade, is considered synonymous with private detective.
July 24, this day is the birthday of the Nannarrup Hoffmani.
In 2002, scientists announced the discovery of a new species in New York City's Central Park, an 82-legged centipede. The
species is the first new species to be discovered in Central Park in more than a century. It is, possibly, the smallest known species of centipede. Um... happy birthday.
July 25, this day is Rain of Black Worms Day. On July 25, 1872, one of the most unusual rains in history occurred as thousands of black worms rained from the sky over Bucharest, Rumania. Let's hope everyone had an umbrella!
July 26, this day is Soviet Union Concert
Tour Day. In 1987, Billy
Joel became the first U.S. pop star to launch a concert tour in the Soviet Union. He performed in Moscow and in
Leningrad. The two-disc live album Kohuept (the Russian word for concert) was released that October.
July 27, this day is All in the Family Day. Celebrate the
family today as well as Norman Lear, producer of the TV show, All in the Family. Norman Lear was born on July 27, 1922, in New
July 28, this day is Oriental-Americans in Congress Day. On July 28, 1959, Hawaii elected the first Chinese-American to the U.S. Senate (Senator Hiram Fong) and the first Japanese-American to the House of Representatives (Representative Daniel Inouye).
July 29, this day is Kiss Kiss Kiss Day. In 1926, the movie
Don Juan opened. It set a record by featuring 127 kisses in one movie, the most thus far for a single movie. Another source
says that John Barrymore, as Don Juan, actually planted 191 kisses in that movie. Celebrate by giving someone you love a great big smooch!
July 30, this day is Labor Leader Enigma Day. In 1975, labor leader Jimmy
Hoffa disappeared after being last seen outside a restaurant near Detroit,
Michigan. He was declared dead in
July 31, this day is Make a Budget Day. On the
birthday of economist Milton Freidman, check out your personal finances. Make a budget. Spend wisely. Freidman was born on July 31,
1912, in Brooklyn, New York.