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July 1

1922  U.S. activist Toshi Seeger was born in Munich.

1963  Zip Codes introduced for U.S. Mail.

2001  Phil Lesh Day declared by the City Council in Berkeley, California.

July 2

1566  Nostradamus died in Salon-de-Provence, France at age 62.

1698  Thomas Savery patented the first commercially used steam engine in England.

1962  First Wal-Mart store opened in Rogers, Arkansas.

1976  Fall of the Republic of Vietnam.

July 3

1890  Idaho admitted as the 43rd U.S. state.

2012  Andy Griffith died in Manteo, North Carolina at age 86.


1776  U.S. Declaration of Independence.

1940  Helga Elizabeth Stürmer Wilson was born in Timișoara, Transylvania, Romania.

1995  Robert Norman “Bob” Ross, American painter, art instructor, and television host, died in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

2014  Daniel Nelson James suffered a stroke at his home in Cottonwood, California.

July 5

1810  Promoter and showman P. T. Barnum was born in Bethel, Connecticut.

1934  “Bloody Thursday,” San Francisco police fired on striking longshoremen.

2015  Surviving members of the Grateful Dead play final farewell concert in Chicago.

July 6

1957  First meeting of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

2014  The Great American Wiknic, annual wiki-picnics in cities across the United States, held.

July 7

1846  The United States annexed California.

1887  Marc Chagall was born.

1940  Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) was born in Liverpool, England.

July 8

1970  Beck was born in Los Angeles.

2011  Space Shuttle Atlantis began the final mission of U.S. Space Shuttle program.

July 9

1979  Voyager 2 passed Jupiter.

1981  Donkey Kong video game was released by Nintendo.

1995  The Grateful Dead’s last concert in Chicago.

July 10

1871  Marcel Proust was born near Paris.

1905  Mildred Wirt Benson was born in Ladora, Iowa.

1934  Jerry Nelson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1947  Arlo Guthrie was born in Coney Island, New York.

1989  Mel Blanc died in Los Angeles at age 81.

1991  Boris Yeltsin took office as Russia’s first ever popularly elected leader.

July 11

1405  Ming admiral Zheng He set sail on his first voyage to explore the world.

1576  Martin Frobisher sighted Greenland.

1804  Alexander Hamilton was mortally wounded in a duel with Aaron Burr.

1922  The Hollywood Bowl opened.

July 12

1730  Josiah Wedgwood was born in England.

1817  Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts.

1884  Amedeo Modigliani was born in Livorno, Italy.

1908  Comedian Milton Berle was born in New York City.

July 13

1527  Dr. John Dee was born in London.

1923  The Hollywood Sign officially dedicated.

1999  KPFA 94.1 FM, Berkeley, airwaves seized by Pacifica Foundation, staff locked out.


1789  Bastille Day; the French Revolution began.

1791  The Birmingham Riots occurred.

1912  Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma.

1913  Gerald R. Ford (Leslie Lynch King, Jr.), 38th U.S. President, was born in Omaha, Nebraska.

2014  Daniel Nelson James died in Redding, California at age 55.

July 15

1381  John Ball, leader in the Peasants’ Revolt, was hanged, drawn and quartered in the presence of King Richard II of England.

1994  Microsoft Corp. promised the U.S. Justice Dept. it would end predatory practices it used to corner the software market.

July 16

1769  Mission San Diego de Alcalá, California first mission, founded by Juniperro Serra.

1821  Mary Baker Eddy, Christian Science founder, was born in Bow, New Hampshire.

1941  Joe DiMaggio hit safely for his 56th consecutive Major League Baseball game.

1945  The experimental atomic bomb “Little Boy” was set off at 5:30 a.m. in the New Mexican desert.

1951  The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger was published.

1990  Ukrainian SSR declared sovereignty.

July 17

1899  Actor James Cagney was born in New York City.

1918  Russian Czar Nicolas II and his family were murdered by Bolsheviks.

2001  Katharine Graham, The Washington Post publisher, died in Boise, Idaho at age 84.

July 18

64      Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

1918  Nelson Mandela was born in Mvezo, Cape Province, South Africa.

1921  John Glenn was born in Cambridge, Ohio.

1929  Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was born in Cleveland.

1937  Writer Hunter S. Thompson was born in Louisville, Kentucky.

2001  Singer and social activist Mimi Baez Fariña died in Mill Valley, California at age 56.

July 19

1848  A women’s rights convention was held at Seneca Falls, New York.

1922  George McGovern was born in Avon, South Dakota.

1948  Keith Godchaux was born in Seattle.

2012  Tom Davis died in Hudson, New York at age 59.

July 20

1715  The Riot Act took effect in England.

1937  Guglielmo Marconi died in Rome at age 63.

1947  Carlos Santana was born in Mexico.

1969  Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon.

2012  Simon Ward died in London at age 70.

July 21

-356   The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus was destroyed by arson.

1796  Robert Burns died in Dumfries, Scotland at age 37.

1816  Paul Julius Reuter, founder of the British news agency bearing his name, was born in Hesse, Germany.

1899  Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois.

1899  Hart Crane was born in Garrettsville, Ohio.

1911  Marshall McLuhan was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

2012  Alexander Cockburn died in Germany at age 71.

July 22

1916  A bomb exploded on Market Street, San Francisco, during a Preparedness Day parade, killing 10 and injuring 40.

1940  Alex Trebek was born Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

1965  Daniel Patrick Wilson was born in Walnut Creek, California.

2015  Daniel Patrick Wilson’s 50th birthday.

2015  Don Joyce died.

July 23

1926  Fox Film bought Movietone sound patents for recording sound onto film.

1957  Film director Theo van Gogh was born in The Hague, Netherlands.

1961  Actor Woody Harrelson was born in Midland, Texas.

1967  Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in Fairport, New York.

1973  Monica Lewinsky was born in San Francisco.

1973  Robert Anton Wilson allegedly contacted by beings from the dog star Sirius.

1980  Keith Godchaux died in Marin County, California at age 32.

2001  Writer and photographer Eudora Welty died in Jackson, Mississippi at age 92.

2012  Sally Ride died in La Jolla, California at age 61.

July 24

1847  Brigham Young and followers arrived at Salt Lake, Utah.

1895  Robert Graves was born in England.

1897  Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas.

1901  O. Henry was released from prison in Columbus, Ohio.

1983  George Brett’s game-winning home run nullified in Kansas City Royals vs. New York YankeesPine Tar Incident.”

2005  Lance Armstrong won his seventh consecutive Tour de France.

July 25

1934  Warren Hellman was born in New York City.

1965  Bob Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Fest.

1978  Louise Brown, the world’s first “test tube baby” was born in Oldham, England.

July 26

1579  Francis Drake left San Francisco on a voyage across the Pacific Ocean.

1875  Carl Jung was born in Switzerland.

1943  Mick Jagger was born in England.

1990  Brent Mydland died in Lafayette, California.

July 27

1929  The Geneva Convention was signed.

1977  The Grateful Dead’s Terrapin Station album was released.

2003  Bob Hope died in Los Angeles at age 100.

July 28

1866  Beatrix Potter was born in London.

1973  Estimated 600,000 rock fans attend Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, New York, featuring The Allman Brothers Band, The Band, and the Grateful Dead.

July 29

1890  Vincent van Gogh died in Auvers-sur-Oise, France at age 37.

1957  International Atomic Energy Agency established.

2005  Astronomers announced discovery of the dwarf planet Eris.

July 30

1818  Emily Brontë was born in England.

1918  American poet Alfred Joyce Kilmer died near Seringes-et-Nesles, France at age 31.

1932  Premiere of Walt Disney’s Flowers and Trees, the first cartoon short to use Technicolor and the first to win the Academy Award for Short Subjects, Cartoons.

July 31

1703  In London, Daniel Defoe was placed in a pillory for seditious libel, after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but by the gathered crowd was pelted with flowers.

1790  The U.S. Patent Office first opened its doors.

1961  At Fenway Park in Boston, the first All-Star Game tie in Major League Baseball history occurred when the game was stopped in the 9th inning due to rain.

1965  J. K. Rowling was born.

2001  Author Poul Anderson died in Orinda, California at age 74.

2012  Gore Vidal died.

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