July 1st History Diana,Princess of Wales – The Battle of Gettysburg

July 1, 2010
By Vannini

Notable Events

69 – Tiberius Julius Alexander orders his Roman legions in Alexandria to swear allegiance to Vespasian

1520 – La Noche Triste: Joint Mexican Indian force led by Aztecs under Cuitláhuac defeat Spanish Conquistadors under Hernán Cortés.

1690 – Glorious Revolution: Battle of the Boyne as reckoned under Julian calendar.

1770 – Lexell’s Comet passed closer to the Earth than any other comet in recorded history

1863 – Keti Koti, Emancipation Day in Suriname, marking the abolition of slavery by the Netherlands.

1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg begins.

1879 – Charles Taze Russell publishes the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower.

1898 – Spanish-American War: The Battle of San Juan Hill is fought in Santiago de Cuba.

1908 – SOS is adopted as the international Distress signal.

1916 – World War I: First day on the Somme – On the first day of the Battle of the Somme 19,000 soldiers of the British Army are killed and 40,000 wounded.

1921 – The Communist Party of China is founded.

1960 – Independence of Somalia.

1960 – Ghana becomes a Republic and Kwame Nkrumah becomes its first President as Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom ceases to be the Head of state.

1962 – Independence of Rwanda. / 1962 – Independence of Burundi.

1963 – ZIP Codes are introduced for United States mail.

1968 – The CIA’s Phoenix Program is officially established.

1968 – The Nuclear non-proliferation treaty is signed in Washington, D.C., London and Moscow by sixty-two countries.

1979 – Sony introduces the Walkman.

1981 – The Wonderland Murders occurred in the early morning hours, allegedly masterminded by businessman and drug dealer Eddie Nash.

1990 – German re-unification: East Germany accepts the Deutsche Mark as its currency, thus uniting the economies of East and West Germany.

1997 – The People’s Republic of China resumes sovereignty over the city-state of Hong Kong, ending 156 years of British colonial rule.

2007 – Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces. The ban is also put into effect in Australia.

Notable Births

1676 – Anthony Collins, English philosopher (d. 1729)

1906 – Estée Lauder, American entrepreneur (d. 2004)

1906 – Jean Dieudonné, French mathematician (d. 1992)

1926 – Robert Fogel, Nobel laureate

1934 – Sydney Pollack, American film director (d. 2008)

1941 – Myron Scholes, American economist, Nobel laureate

1950 – David Duke, American politician, K.K.K. member

1960 – Kevin Swords, American rugby player

1961 – Diana, Princess of Wales (d. 1997)

1961 – Carl Lewis, American athlete

1967 – Pamela Anderson, Canadian model

1977 – Liv Tyler, American actress

Notable Deaths

552 – Totila, king of the Ostrogoths

1681 – Oliver Plunkett, Irish saint (b. 1629)

1860 – Charles Goodyear, American inventor (b. 1800)

1894 – Allan Pinkerton, American private detective (b. 1819)

1896 – Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author (b. 1811)

1971 – William Lawrence Bragg, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1890)

1983 – R. Buckminster Fuller, American architect and philosopher (b. 1903)

1995 – Wolfman Jack, American radio personality (b. 1938)

1996 – Margaux Hemingway, American actress and model (b. 1954)

2005 – Luther Vandross, American singer (b. 1951)

Holidays and observances

Christian Feast Day: Feast of the Most Precious Blood

Moving Day (Quebec)

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