July 2

1992, thirty-nine years after its introduction, the one-millionth Corvette is built.

July 3

1775, George Washington assumed command of the Continental Army.

American_revolution_bicentennial.svgJuly 4

1976, the U.S. celebrated its Bicentennial with notable celebrations including a tall ships display in New York City’s harbor and a spectacular fireworks display. From coast to coast decorations of red, white, blue and American flags adorned city buildings, homes and businesses. Mailboxes and fire hydrants were painted in red, white and blue motifs. A symbol of the era was a red, white and blue hand making a “V”, more notably, the “Peace Sign” — an American peace sign.

2004, the cornerstone is set for the Freedom Tower in New York City, officially known as One World Trade Center.

July 5

2012, Europe’s tallest building, The Shard, was inaugurated in London. It is 95 stories high reaching a height of 1,004 feet (306 meters). It is a pyramid-shaped tower of glass with offices on floors 2 – 28, restaurants on 31 – 33, the Shangri-La Hotel occupying floors 34 – 52 and residential apartments on floors 53 – 65. An observatory is on the 68 – 72nd floors.

July 6

1919, the first dirigible landed in New York, completing the first trans-Atlantic flight of a blimp.

July 9

1981, Nintendo released their video game “Donkey Kong.”

1982, during the night, British citizen Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace and spoke with Queen Elizabeth II in her bedroom for about ten minutes before being arrested. Serious questions were asked how he managed to elude the 24 police officers, dog patrols, listening devices, 43 soldiers, the palace staff and surveillance cameras.

July 11

1921, former President Taft is sworn in as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is the only person to fulfill both offices of President and Chief Justice.

July 12

1995, a deadly heat wave began in the Midwest stretching from Missouri to the Atlantic coast, with over 700 heat related deaths in Chicago alone as record temps were achieved. Chicago hit its second highest temperature of 106°F. Chicago’s suffering was also due to power outages, stagnant air and high humidity combining to create an elevated heath risk and extreme temperatures. During the next few days the heat wave moved easterly setting record temperatures from Pittsburgh to Connecticut.

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1799, the Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-Fracois Bouchard during Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign.

1916, in Seattle, Washington, William Boeing and George C. Westervelt incorporated the Pacific Aero Products company. Later the name is changed to Boeing Corp.

July 16

1979, Saddam Hussein forced out Iraq’s current ruler and became the nation’s dictatorial president.

1981, Datsun’s board of directors changed their name from Datsun to Nissan. Datsun had been the company’s name for 23 years.

July 18

1932, Canada and the U.S. formed an agreement to build the St. Lawrence Seaway.

July 20

1942, the first women soldiers were trained for the U.S. Army’s Women Auxiliary Corps (WACS) at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.

July 21

1983, the world’s coldest recorded temperature was noted at the Vostok Station in the Antarctic as the temperature fell to –128.6°F (–89.2°C).

July 24

1946, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis teamed up for their first performance. The duo went on to make movies and perform together for ten years.

July 25

1797, British naval hero Horatio Nelson lost his right arm at the battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. Nonetheless, he recuperated and went on to lead the British navy in several more successful battles until he died in battle in 1805 at the Battle of Trafalgar.

July 28

1854, the U.S.S. Constellation, the last all-sail warship built by the U.S. Navy, was commissioned.

July 30

1866, the Democratic governor in Louisiana ordered the Police to raid a racially integrated Republican Party meeting in New Orleans. Forty men are killed and another 150 are injured during the raid.

darius_the_great_n_coinJuly 31

1938, during a nine-year period of research in Iran, archaeologists discovered gold and silver plates of Darius the Great (549 BC – 486 BC) (Daniel 5:31) at Persepolis and many inscriptions from him and his son, Xerxes. Persepolis was the palace city and seat of all government and ceremonial activities. Darius founded the city and his son, Xerxes, continued the city and completed its construction. It was ruined by Alexander the Great in 331 – 330 BC. The record of plunder taken away by Alexander the Great was 5,000 camels burden and 20,000 mules worth.

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