ON THIS DAY: July 3, 2018

July 3rd is:

Chocolate Wafer Day

Disobedience Day

Fried Clam Day

Stay Out of the Sun Day

International Plastic Bag Free Day *


MORE! Franz Kafka, M.F.K. Fisher and Adolfo Suárez, click



Belarus – Independence Day

Guyana – CARICOM Day
(Caribbean Community Day)

UK – Bodelva, Cornwall:
Eden Sessions

U.S. Virgin Islands – Emancipation Day

Zambia – Unity Day


On This Day in HISTORY

987 – Hugh Capet is crowned King of France, first of the Capetian dynasty which rules France until the French Revolution in 1792

1518 – Li Shizhen born, Chinese polymath, physician, pharmacologist, herbalist,
acupuncturist and scientist of the Ming dynasty; author of Compendium of Materia Medica, which details the medicinal properties of over 1,800 drugs and herbs

1608 –Samuel de Champlain’s exploration party arrives at the “point of Quebec” and begins erecting fortifications, the beginning of the city of Quebec

1754 – French and Indian War: Outnumbered and running out of supplies, George Washington surrenders Fort Necessity in Pennsylvania to French forces – his only military surrender

1767 – Pitcairn Island is discovered by Midshipman Robert Pitcairn on an expeditionary voyage commanded by Philip Carteret

1790 – Nicolas de Condorcet publishes “De l’admission des femmes au droit de cité“(For the Admission to the Rights of Citizenship For Women) in which he strongly advocates for women’s suffrage in the new Republic as well as enlargement of basic political and social rights to include women;  Condorcet identifies gender as a social construction based on perceived differences in sex and rejected biological determinism as an explanation of gender relations in society. He denounces patriarchal norms of oppression, present at every institutional level, and continuously subjugating and marginalising women, identifying education as crucial to the emancipation of individuals: ″I believe that all other differences between men and women are simply the result of education.″

1839 – First U.S. state normal school opens in Lexington MA, with three students

1848 – Slaves are freed in the Danish West Indies (now U.S. Virgin Islands)

1852 – Congress authorizes a second U.S. Mint in San Francisco CA

1860 – Charlotte Perkins Gilman born, American feminist leader, sociologist, author, poet and social reform lecturer; best known for her subtly terrifying short-story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” but her non-fiction works, such as Women and Economics, and The Home: Its Work and Influence, contributed much to feminist thought; from 1909-1916, Gilman single-handedly wrote and edited her magazine, The Forerunner, where many of her ideas first appeared, producing 86 issues, each 28 pages long, for nearly 1,500 subscribers

1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Gettysburg is a major victory for the Union

1880 – Science begins publication, principally funded by Thomas Edison

1881 – Natalia Goncharova born, Russian avant-garde painter, costume and set designer, illustrator and writer; co-founder of artistic groups Jack of Diamonds and Donkey’s Tail

Gardening by Natalia Goncharova

1883 – Franz Kafka born, German-speaking Bohemian Jewish novelist and short story writer, major figure of 20th century literature, best known for his surrealistic works  “Die Verwandlung” (“The Metamorphosis”), Der Process (“The Trial”), and Das Schloss (The Castle). The term Kafkaesque has become part of the English language

1901 – Ruth Crawford Seeger born, American composer and folk music specialist

1904 – Charles Richard Drew born, African-American doctor, surgeon and medical researcher; developed improved techniques for storing blood and creating large-scale blood banks in WWII, enabling medics to save the lives thousands of Allied soldiers; protested the American Red Cross and U.S. Armed Services practice of racially segregating blood donations

1908 – M.F.K. Fisher born as Mary Frances Kennedy, influential American food writer, author of 26 books, and a translation of The Physiology of Taste by Brillat-Savarin; founder of the Napa Valley Wine Library; Serve It Forth, Consider the Oyster, and How to Cook a Wolf are among her most popular works

1913 – Confederate veterans at the Great Reunion of 1913 reenact Pickett’s Charge; upon reaching the farthest point of the Confederates in the battle, they are met by the outstretched hands of friendship from Union survivors

1928 – Evelyn Ward-Thomas born, British historical and spy thriller novelist who used the more masculine-sounding pen name ‘Evelyn Anthony’ because of the difficulty for women authors in getting published; best known for Far Flies the Eagle, All the Queen’s Men and The Tamarind Seed

1929 – Dunlop Latex Development Laboratories make foam rubber

1929 – Joanne King Herring born, American socialite, and political activist; used her political associations with President of Pakistan Zia-ul-Haq (1977-1988) and U.S. Representative Charlie Wilson (D-TX 1973-1997) to sway the U.S. government to train and arm the Mujahideen resistance fighters to fight in the Soviet war in Afghanistan, codename ‘Operation Cyclone,’ which inspired the book Charlie Wilson’s War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History, and the 2007 movie Charlie Wilson’s War

1930 – U.S. Veterans Administration is created

1937 – Tom Stoppard born as Tomás Straüssler in Czechoslovakia, British playwright; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, Jumpers

1938 – Jean Aitchison born, English linguist and academic; Professor of Language and Communication in the Faculty of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford; noted for Socio-historical linguistics, and the relationship of language to the mind and to media

1939 – Brigitte Fassbaender born, German mezzo-soprano and opera director at the Staatstheater Braunschweig and the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck

1940 – Fontella Bass born, American singer-songwriter; “Rescue Me”

1941 – Gloria Allred born, American women’s and civil rights attorney noted for taking high-profile and controversial cases

1946 – The Cape Passive Resistance Council is formed at a mass meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, attended by 1,500 people

1954 – Food rationing, started during WWII, ends in Great Britain

1962 – Algerian Revolution against French rule ends, Algerian independence is announced on July 5th

1963 – Tracey Emin born, English contemporary artist

1964 – Joanne Harris born, English author; best known for her novel Chocolat, which won the 2000 Creative Freedom Award and the 2001 Whittaker Gold Award

1967 – Katy Sloan Clark born, British Labour politician; political secretary of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn since 2015; Member of Parliament for North Ayrshire and Arran (2005-2015)

1967 – The Doors release “Light My Fire” – Jim Morrison dies on this day in 1971

1976 – Adolfo Suárez becomes premier of Spain after Francisco Franco’s death

1983 – Dorota Masłowska born, Polish writer, playwright, columnist and journalist; author of Wojna polsko-ruska pod flagą biało-czerwoną (Polish-Russian War under White-Red Flag) and Paw królowej (The Queen’s Peacock), which won the 2006 NIKE Literary Award

1984 – U.S. Supreme Court rules Jaycees may be forced to admit women members

1985 – Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox, is released

1996 – The British House of Commons announces the return to Scotland of the Stone of Scone, used in coronations of Scottish and British monarchs, after 600 years

1997 – Four major tobacco companies settle a lawsuit filed against them by the state of
Mississippi over tobacco-related health-care costs, agreeing to pay $3.4 billion in payments spread out over 25 years

2011 – International Plastic Bag Free Day * is sponsored by Zero Waste Europe, founded in 2011, which is a stakeholder of the UNEP Sustainable Consumption and Production 10 Year Programme Framework, and Plastic Bag Free World, a global initiative

2013 – President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi is overthrown by the military after four days of protests all over the country calling for Morsi’s resignation. President of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt Adly Mansour is declared acting president

2014 – Guardians of the Galaxy premieres, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana


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