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7/1/2022 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - July 1

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Today in History in 1836 U.S. President Andrew Jackson announced to Congress a bequest by James Smithson of 100,000 gold sovereigns to found an institution in Washington; and in 1898 Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders charge up San Juan Hill.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1535 - Sir Thomas More goes on trial in England charged with treason
  • 1689 - Matsuo Basho, zen poet, leaves for 150 days journey on Honshu Japan
  • 1795 - John Rutledge becomes 2nd chief justice of US Supreme Court
  • 1836 - US President Andrew Jackson announces to Congress bequest by James Smithson of 100,000 gold sovereigns to found institution in Washington.
  • 1847 - 1st US postage stamps go on sale, 5 cent Franklin & 10 cent Washington, NYC
  • 1858 - The joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society.
  • 1863 - Battle of Gettysburg, Pa; Lee's northward advance halted
  • 1867 - The Dominion of Canada is formed, comprising the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario & Quebec, with John A. Macdonald serving as the first Prime Minister
  • 1873 - Henry Ossian Flipper of Georgia one of the first African Americans enters West Point Military Academy
  • 1878 - Treaty of Berlin divides Africa for colonization
  • 1898 - Teddy Roosevelt & his Rough Riders charge up San Juan Hill
  • 1899 - Gideon Society established to place bibles in hotels
  • 1905 - Albert Einstein introduces his theory of relativity
  • 1907 - World's 1st air force established (US Army)
  • 1921 - The Communist Party of China is founded.
  • 1932 - NY Gov FDR nominated for president at Dem Convention in Chicago
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley wearing a tuxedo appears on Steve Allen Show
  • 1963 - US postal service institutes (Zone Improvement Plan) zip code
  • 1966 - Medicare goes into effect
  • 1980 - 'O Canada' officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1861 - Samuel D Riddle, horse owner (Man 'o War)
  • 1906 - Estée Lauder, New York, NY, CEO (Estée Lauder cosmetics) (d. 2004)
  • 1916 - Olivia de Havilland, Tokyo Japan, actress (Adventures of Robin Hood)
  • 1923 - Constance Ford, actress (Ada Hobson-Another World)
  • 1925 - Farley Granger, actor (Arnold, Rope, Deathmask), born in San Jose, California
  • 1930 - Margaret A Brewer, American soldier, in Durand Michigan, first female General officer in US Marine Corps. (d. 2013)
  • 1931 - Leslie Caron, French-American actress (Gigi, Father Goose), born in Boulogne-Biliancourt, Seine
  • 1932 - Bobby Day, [Robert Byrd], Fort Worth Tx, rock vocalist (Rockin' Robin)
  • 1934 - Jamie Farr, Toledo Oh, actor (Klinger-M*A*S*H, AfterMASH)
  • 1934 - Sydney Pollack, Lafayette, director (Tootsie, Presumed Innocent)
  • 1942 - Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple, The Lion King), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • 1945 - Deborah Harry, singer (Blondie-Heart of Glass), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1951 - Terrence Mann, American actor and dancer
  • 1952 - Dan Aykroyd, Ottawa Canada, comedian/actor (SNL, Dragnet)
  • 1961 - Diana Spencer, Sandringham England, Princess of Wales, (d. 1997)
  • 1961 - Carl Lewis [Frederick], Birmingham Alabama, sprinter and long jumper (Oly-9 gold-84-96)
  • 1977 - Liv Tyler, New York City, American actress and daughter of Aerosmith's frontman, Steven Tyler (Stealing Beauty, Lord of the Rings)

Famous Weddings

  • 1900 - Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand (36) weds countess Sophie Chotek (32) in Reichstadt, Bohemia
  • 1902 - British admiral John Rushworth Jellicoe (42) weds Gwendoline Cayzer at Holy Trinity in London
  • 1916 - Dwight Eisenhower marries Mary `Mamie' Geneva Doud in Denver, Colorado
  • 1961 - Business magnate Martha Stewart (19) weds Andrew Stewart
  • 1981 - NFL quarterback Joe Montana (25) weds second wife Cathleen Castillo
  • 1982 - Over 2000 Unification Church couples marry at NYC Madison Square Garden
  • 1989 - Hugh Hefner (Playboy editor) weds playmate Kimberly Conrad
  • 1990 - Country singer-songwriter Hank Williams Jr (41) weds model Mary Jane Thomas at a Congregational church near his ranch in Missoula, Montana
  • 1995 - Crown Prince of Greece and the oldest son of the deposed King Constantine of Greece, Pavlos (28) weds Robert W. Miller's daughter Marie-Chantal Miller (26) at London's Cathedral of Saint Sophia
  • 1995 - Princess Stephanie of Monaco (30) weds her bodyguard Daniel Ducruet (31) in a civil ceremony in Monaco
  • 1998 - Eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer Barbra Streisand (57) weds actor James Brolin (58) in Malibu
  • 2006 - "Hi-5" actress and singer Jennifer Peterson-Hind (26) weds recording artist Tom Korbee in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 2011 - English model Kate Moss (37) weds English guitarist Jamie Hince (42) at St. Peter's Church, Southrop in Gloucestershire
  • 2013 - Canadian singer Avril Lavigne (28) weds Canadian singer Chad Kroeger (38) at the Château de La Napoule, a reconstructed medieval castle on the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France.

 Famous Divorces

  • 2011 - "Medium" actress Patricia Arquette (40) divorces actor Thomas Jane (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage
  • 2011 - Actor Ryan Reynolds (34) divorces actress Scarlett Johansson (26) due to irreconcilable differences after two years of marriage
  • 2011 - Ann Serano Lopez divorces actor and talk show host George Lopez (49) due to irreconcilable differences
  • 2011 - Journalist and executive producer Maria Shriver (55) divorces Hollywood action film icon Arnold Schwarzenegger (63) due to irreconcilable differences after 25 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1860 - Charles Goodyear, American inventor, dies at 59
  • 1894 - Allan Pinkerton, American private detective (b. 1819)
  • 1896 - Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author (Uncle Tom's Cabin), dies at 85
  • 1974 - Juan Perón, Argentine military officer and President of Argentina (1946-55, 73-74), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • 1991 - Michael Landon, actor (Bonanza, Hwy to Heaven), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1995 - Wolfman Jack, disc jockey (Midnight Special), dies at 57
  • 1997 - Robert Mitchum, actor (Winds of War), dies at 79
  • 1999 - Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), dies at 72
  • 2003 - Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist (b. 1930)
  • 2004 - Marlon Brando, American actor ("The Godfather", "A Street Cart Named Desire" and "On the Water Front") dies at 80
  • 2005 - Luther Vandross, American singer, dies at 54
  • 2009 - Karl Malden, American actor (b. 1912)

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