ON THIS DAY: July 29, 2017

July 29 is

Army Chaplain Corps Anniversary *

Chicken Wing Day

Lasagna Day

Lipstick Day

Global Tiger Day

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MORE! Dag Hammarskjold, Clara Bow and Mikis Theodorakis, click

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WORLD FESTIVALS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

Belarus – Minsk: Freaky Summer Party Fest

Canada –Vancouver BC: Bard on the Beach
(ongoing Shakespeare festival)

Faroe Islands and Norway – Saint Olav’s Day *

Luxembourg – Gronn: Blues’n Jazz Rallye

Netherlands – Steenwijk: Stonehenge
(Heavy Metal festival)

Spain – Las Neves: Romería de Santa Marta
de Ribarteme (festival of near-death experiences)

Turkey – Istanbul: Rock Off  Istanbul

United Kingdom –
Cambridge: Cambridge Folk Festival
Birmingham: MADE in Birmingham (culture fest)

Wallis and Futuna – Territory Day

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On This Day in HISTORY

1030 – Norwegian King, Olav the Holy, falls in the battle at Stiklastað, and each year on that day, commemorated as Norway’s patron saint – Saint Olav’s Day *



1565 – Mary, Queen of Scots, marries husband #2, cousin Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley

1567 – One-year-old James VI crowned King of Scotland after Mary’s forced abdication

1588 – English fleet defeats the Spanish Armada at Battle of the Gravelines

1619 – First English legislative assembly in North America convened in Jamestown VA

1646 – Johann Theile born, German organist and composer



1742 – Isabella Graham born in Scotland, American philanthropist and educator, leader in founding the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows, the Orphan Asylum Society and the Society for Promoting Industry among the Poor

1775 – Founding of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps: General George Washington appoints William Tudor as Judge Advocate of the Continental Army

1775 – Army Chaplain Corps Anniversary * – The Continental Congress authorizes one chaplain for each regiment of the Continental Army, with pay equaling that of a captain; many militia regiments also count chaplains among their ranks



1805 – Alexis de Tocqueville born, French diplomat, historian, and political theorist; author of  Democracy in America



1825 – George H. Pendelton born, U.S. Senator (D-OH), voted against the 13th Amendment, but sponsored the Pendleton Act, which requires civil service exams for federal government positions, ending the widespread patronage system of the day

1836 – Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris



1846 – Sophie Menter born, German pianist and composer



1848 – Unsuccessful Tipperary Revolt against British rule during Irish Potato Famine

1869 – Booth Tarkington born, American novelist and dramatist



1874 – Englishman Walter Copton Winfield gets U.S. patent for the lawn-tennis court

1878 – Don Marquis born, American author, poet, and playwright



1883 – Benito Mussolini born, Italy’s future fascist dictator

1884 – Eunice Tietjens, American author, poet, lecturer and editor, WWI correspondent for the Chicago Daily News; editor at Poetry: A Magazine of Verse



1887 – Sigmund Romberg born in Hungary, American composer-conductor of musicals and operettas; The Student Prince and The Desert Song



1894 – Clara Bow born, silent film’s “IT Girl”



1900 – King Umberto I of Italy is assassinated by anarchist Gaetano Bresci

1900 – Owen Lattimore born, American author and expert on China, especially Mongolia; his role as a consultant to the U.S. State Department was ended by Senator Joseph McCarthy’s unfounded charge that Lattimore was a Russian espionage agent

1905 – Dag Hammarskjold born, UN Secretary-General (1953-1961); Nobel Peace Prize winner



1914 – First U.S. transcontinental phone call, between New York City and San Francisco

1918 – Mary Lee Settle born, American author, National Book Award for her novel Blood Tie; founder of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction



1921 – Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party.

1925 – Mikis Theodorakis born, Greek songwriter-composer; film scores for Phaedra, Zorba the Greek, Z, and Serpico



1932 – The 10th modern-era Olympic Games opening ceremonies held in Los Angeles

1932 – Nancy Landon Kassebaum born, American politician, first U.S. woman elected to a full term in the Senate (R-KS) without her husband preceding her in Congress

1945 – USS Indianapolis torpedoed by Japanese submarine, nearly 900 crewmen die

1948 – Summer Games: The Games of the XIV Olympiad, held after a hiatus of 12 years caused by WWII, open in London

1957 – Jack Paar takes over as host of NBC-TV’s Tonight show

1958 – President Eisenhower signs the bill into law creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

1963 – Peter, Paul and Mary release “Blowin’ In The Wind”



1965 – The Beatles film Help! premiere in London



1968 – Pope Paul VI reaffirms Catholic Church’s ban on artificial birth control methods

1974 – The U.S. Episcopal Church ordains eleven women as priests. Initially opposed by the House of Bishops, the ordinations received approval from the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in September 1976

1975 – OAS members, including U.S., vote to lift collective sanctions against Cuba.

1978 – Kenny Loggins releases “Whenever I Call You Friend”



1981 – Overblown ‘Wedding of the Century’: Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer

1997 – Japan finds Minamata Bay mercury-free 40 years after contaminated fish crisis

1998 – United Auto Worker 54-day strike against GM ends. Lost revenue: $2.8 billion

2005 – Astronomers announce discovery of Xena, larger than Pluto, in solar orbit



2008 – U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, (R-AK), is indicted on seven felony counts of concealing more than a quarter of a million dollars in house renovations and gifts he received from a powerful oil contractor (A judge later dismisses the case, saying prosecutors had withheld evidence.)

2014 – Concussion lawsuit: NCAA to pay $70 million for head injury study, but $0 for treatment, so injured players must sue their colleges separately

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About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband and a bewildered Border Collie.
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5 Responses to ON THIS DAY: July 29, 2017

  1. Malisha says:

    I remember the royal wedding for an odd reason. I was a licensed in-home day-care provider at the time and one of my temporary clients, an Army officer who worked at the Pentagon (summer only) brought his children in at 7 a.m. and said, “Malisha, we know you have a rule no watching TV all day but would you relax that rule today so the children may watch Princess Diana? I was so out of touch that I thought Princess Diana was a children’s show on TV. I said, “Sure, what channel is the show on?” Everybody laughed at me. They were glued to that TV for the whole thing! ALL THE KIDS were watching. To me, it was like watching golf: nothing happened.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      LOL – perfect!

      I was never a Diana fan. I don’t get the ‘People’s Princess’ thing – I liked Fergie better,but didn’t think either one of them did their jobs very well. And being a Royal is a job, a really boring but difficult one, being on display 24/7.

      I have the deepest respect for QEII – what stamina and determination she has – nobody does Royal better. She may be the last British Monarch – Charles is too much like his father to be popular, and if her grandsons don’t straighten up, the press and the public are more likely to reject them as too-expensive wastrels instead of putting a crown on either of their heads.

      • William just worked his last shift as an air ambulance pilot. PTSD and burnout were getting to him, apparently. One of the occupational hazards of that line of work.
        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/27/prince-william-embarks-final-day-helicopter-pilot/

        Harry is a tough combat soldier who has been deployed to the middle east multiple times. Some news outlet “outed” him, and he had to leave Afghanistan, because his presence put his troops at risk. He went back after things quieted down.

        • wordcloud9 says:

          But they’ve been all too often on page 3 at home – perception is more important than reality when you’re a Royal

          • Yes. However, compare what William and Harry have done compared to the spawn of Orange Turnip.

            Have you seen the latest about human trafficking? tRump has not been back to NYC since the inauguration.

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