July 7th Historical Facts – Sliced Bread, Roswell UFO incident, London Bombings

July 7, 2010
By Vannini

Notable Events

1456 – A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death.

1534 – European colonization of the Americas: first known exchange between Europeans and natives of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in New Brunswick.

1543 – French troops invade Luxembourg.

1575 – Raid of the Redeswire, the last major battle between England and Scotland.

1846 – Mexican-American War: American troops occupy Monterey and Yerba Buena, thus beginning the United States conquest of California.

1863 – United States begins first military draft; exemptions cost $300.

1928 – Sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri. It is described as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped”.

1930 – Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser begins construction of the Boulder Dam (known as Hoover Dam).

1941 – World War II: U.S. forces land in Iceland to forestall an invasion by Germany.

1946 – Howard Hughes nearly dies when his XF-11 spy plane prototype crashes in Beverly Hills

1947 – Alleged and disputed Roswell UFO incident.

1983 – Cold War: Samantha Smith, a U.S. schoolgirl, flies to the Soviet Union at the invitation of Secretary General Yuri Andropov.

2005 – A series of four explosions occurs on London’s transport system killing 56 people, including four alleged suicide bombers and injuring over 700 others.

2006 – The Western Black Rhinoceros is declared extinct due to poaching.

Notable Births

1746 – Giuseppe Piazzi, Italian astronomer (d. 1826)

1902 – Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe, American baseball player (d. 2005)

1965 – Jeremy Guscott, English rugby player

1966 – Jim Gaffigan, American comedian

Notable Deaths

1647 – Thomas Hooker, Connecticut colonist (b. 1586)

1730 – Olivier Levasseur, French pirate

1975 – Ruffian, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 1972)

1984 – Carl Boenish, American father of BASE jumping (b. 1941)

2000 – Kenny Irwin, Jr., American race car driver (b. 1969)

2001 – Fred Neil, American singer-songwriter (b. 1936)

2006 – Syd Barrett, original guitarist and vocalist of the band Pink Floyd (b. 1946)

Holidays and observances

Independence Day, celebrate the independence of Solomon Islands from United Kingdom in 1978.

Saba Saba Day (Tanzania)

Tanabata (Japan)

Unity Factory Day (Yemen)

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