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Message 776477 - Posted: 1 Jul 2008, 14:37:14 UTC
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Battle of Gettysburg Begins(1863)

The Battle of Gettysburg was the largest and bloodiest battle fought during the American Civil War, resulting in some 50,000 casualties in 3 days. It took place in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and signaled a turning of the tide in favor of the Union. The site is now a national cemetery, at whose dedication on November 19, 1863, President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Seamstress Ginnie Wade was the only documented civilian casualty of the battle
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Message 776521 - Posted: 1 Jul 2008, 15:51:05 UTC

1963: Philby confirmed as'third man'
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Message 776535 - Posted: 1 Jul 2008, 16:04:57 UTC

I believe that on July 1, 1957, the International Geophysical Year (IGY) began. Oddly enough it continued for 18 months, not just a year.
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Message 776539 - Posted: 1 Jul 2008, 16:08:27 UTC - in response to Message 776535.

I believe that on July 1, 1957, the International Geophysical Year (IGY) began. Oddly enough it continued for 18 months, not just a year.



Do you know what country it started in by chance?
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Message 777193 - Posted: 2 Jul 2008, 16:16:06 UTC

Revolt Aboard the Amistad (1839)
In 1839, 53 African slaves being transported on the Spanish merchant ship La Amistad revolted against their captors. Though their transport to the US was illegal, when they arrived in New York they were declared salvage by the US Navy and were taken to be sold as slaves. The widely publicized court cases that ensued helped propel the abolitionist movement. In 1842, the Africans finally returned home after the Supreme Court ruled they were not legally slaves



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Message 777924 - Posted: 3 Jul 2008, 13:28:06 UTC

Hugh Capet Crowned King of France

Capet, son of Hugh the Great, was king of France from 987 to 996. He was the first of the Capetians, the royal house that ruled France until 1328. After the death of the Carolingian king of France, the nobles and prelates elected him king.
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Message 780142 - Posted: 7 Jul 2008, 10:05:14 UTC

On this date:

In 1807, Napoleon I of France and Czar Alexander I of Russia signed a treaty at Tilsit ending war between their empires.

In 1896, the Democratic national convention opened in Chicago.

In 1898, the United States annexed Hawaii.

In 1908, the Democratic National Convention opened in Denver.

In 1930, construction began on Boulder Dam (later Hoover Dam).

In 1948, six female reservists became the first women to be sworn into the regular U.S. Navy.

In 1958, President Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act, which went into effect in January 1959.

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Message 781292 - Posted: 9 Jul 2008, 22:27:17 UTC

The Great Train Wreck (1918)
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Message 782159 - Posted: 13 Jul 2008, 15:11:45 UTC

1985 WorldWide Live Aid Concert

13th July 1985 : The Live Aid Concert was a series of rock concerts held to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia around the world in cites including London, Philadelphia, Sydney and Moscow. The concerts attracted close to 200,000 people and using satellite link-ups and television broadcasts around the world attracted an estimated 1.5 viewers in 100 countries watching the concerts performed live. The Concerts were organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and raised over $250 million .
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Message 782167 - Posted: 13 Jul 2008, 15:22:27 UTC

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Message 783630 - Posted: 18 Jul 2008, 0:41:41 UTC

Disneyland Opens in Anaheim, California July 17(1955)


Having welcomed more than 515 million visitors since its opening, Disneyland is perhaps the world's most famous themed amusement park. Walt Disney's original plans called for a modest park to be built on eight acres next to the Disney Studios. A much more ambitious Disneyland opened to invited guests and the media on July 17, 1955, a year after construction had begun
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Message 783670 - Posted: 18 Jul 2008, 1:39:32 UTC
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Cenataph unveiled July 18th 1919

A national monument to remember the dead of WWI unvieled in London.
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Message 790670 - Posted: 1 Aug 2008, 0:50:16 UTC

he German Assembly Adopts the Weimar Constitution (1919)
Written immediately after WWI, the Weimar constitution was the document that governed the short-lived Weimar Republic of Germany. According to the document, the nation was to be a federal republic, governed by a president and parliament. This was a strong attempt to establish a liberal democracy in Germany, but it occurred during a time of civil conflict and failed with the ascent of the Nazi Party in 1933.
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Message 790679 - Posted: 1 Aug 2008, 1:05:02 UTC

July 31, 1975 - Jimmy Hoffa disappears

On July 31, 1975, James Riddle Hoffa, one of the most influential American labor leaders of the 20th century, disappears in Detroit, Michigan, never to be heard from again. Though he is popularly believed to have been the victim of a Mafia hit, conclusive evidence was never found, and Hoffa's death remains shrouded in mystery to this day. Click the link above for a video & more.
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Message 790979 - Posted: 1 Aug 2008, 17:16:49 UTC

New London Bridge Opens (1831)
In 1831, the more than 600-year-old fire-damaged London Bridge was replaced with a new, five-arched, granite bridge. Designed by John Rennie, the New London Bridge spanned the city's River Thames for over a century. In 1968, it was purchased by American entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it has since become Arizona's second biggest tourist attraction after the Grand Canyon.
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Message 791021 - Posted: 1 Aug 2008, 19:15:38 UTC

Warsaw Uprising begins

It was intended to last for two days but continued for two months. 138,000 - 218,000 people died during the events. Uprisers were trying to unleash Warsaw from the Nazis but they failed. The Red Army was supposed to help Polish soldiers but they were just standing few kilometers from the city doing nothing.
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Message 791023 - Posted: 1 Aug 2008, 19:20:55 UTC

This day last year the Minneapolis Bridge collapsed killing 13 and injuring over 100 people

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Message 791472 - Posted: 2 Aug 2008, 17:22:07 UTC

1876: Frontier lawman Wild Bill Hickok is shot from behind while playing poker in a Deadwood, South Dakota, saloon. Hickock's final hand, pairs of aces and eights, becomes known as the "dead man's hand."

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Message 792103 - Posted: 3 Aug 2008, 16:51:32 UTC

One day like today in 1492, Christoph Columbus (ES= Cristobal Colón) departed the small village of Palos, today´s province of Huelva, Atlantic Ocean coast in southern mainland of Spain, with three vessels: "Pinta", "Niña" and "Santa María", looking for a west route to India and China.
Until his death he was convinced of having discovered the shortest way to the "Western Indias".
This had the following result, among others:Tratado de Tordesillas...but this is another story [and out of topic]
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Message 792261 - Posted: 3 Aug 2008, 20:37:02 UTC

Niger Gains Independence from France (1960)
In 1884-85, the Conference of Berlin placed the territory of Niger within the French sphere of influence. In 1900, Niger was made a military territory within Upper Senegal–Niger, and in 1922 it was constituted a separate colony within French West Africa. National political activity began when Niger received its own assembly under the French constitution of 1946, which established the French Union. Niger achieved full independence on August 3, 1960
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