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July 10: 1934—FDR visits Colombia and becomes the first sitting president to visit South America. 1962—The first communications satellite, Telstar, is launched. Born: The predestined John Calvin (1509.) Teddy Bear Picnic Day.

July 11: 1735—Moving up in the planetary charts, Pluto goes from ninth to the eight planet most distant from the sun. 1927—Married couple Henry Thompson and Florence LaGuardia Thompson are credited with never having an argument or disagreement during their entire marriage. Many attribute this to their being struck by lightning at their wedding reception. 1992—Independent presidential candidate Ross Perot speaking an NAACP event insults his audience by calling them “you people.” Born: Sixth U.S. president John Quincy Adams (1767.) Died: George Gershwin (1937.) Women’s Motorcycle Month, Slurpee Day.

July 12: 1862—Congress authorizes the Medal of Honor. 1993—Buddy Tomassi becomes the first man to use the remote to channel surf cable shows during commercials. Born: Architect Buckminster Fuller. Orangemen’s Day.

July 13: 1863—Three days of rioting over the draft begin in New York City in the worst “civil” insurrection in U.S. history. 1865—Horace Greeley coins the phrase “Go west, young man.” 1960—Senator John F. Kennedy is nominated for president at the Democratic National Convention. 1977—Lightning strikes causes a 25-hour black out in New York City, along with looting and arson. 1978—Lee Iacocca takes his trademarked cigar and expensive suits home after Chairman Henry Ford II cans him from Ford Motor Company. 1985—President Reagan undergoes surgery and Vice President George H.W. Bush becomes president for the day. Died: Lon Chaney Jr. (1973.) National French Fries Day.

July 14: 1789—The Bastille, a fortress and jail in Paris, falls, and the French Revolution begins. 1850—Ice produced by refrigeration is first demonstrated to the public. 1940—Spalding introduces the batting helmet with earflaps after one too many bean balls are thrown. 2008—10 million applications are downloaded by the iTunes Music Store. The amount of applications download reaches 1.5 billion within a year. Died: Petticoat Junction’s Meredith “Billy Joe” MacRae (2000). Tape Measure Day.

July 15: 1815—Napoleon surrenders and later is exiled to St. Helena. 1932—As a result of the Depression, President Herbert Hoover cuts his salary by 15 percent. 1971—President Nixon says he is going to mainland China. 1996—Divorce papers are signed by Prince Charles and and Princess Di. Born: Linda Ronstadt (1946.) Died: Three-foot-four-inch tall Charles Sherwood Stratton a/k/a General Tom Thumb (1883.) Be a Dork Day.

July 16: 1769—The first mission in California is founded by Father Serra and is named San Diego. 1945—At the Alamogordo Air Base in New Mexico, an experimental atom bomb nicknamed “Fat Boy” explodes for the first test of the A-bomb and sends a mushroom-shaped cloud 41,000 feet above the desert. 1969—Apollo 11 launches to take the first men to land on the Moon. 2073—Last movie not based on a comic book is released. Born: Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science (1879). Died: John F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy (1999.)


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