ON THIS DAY: July 1, 2019

July 1st is:

Gingersnap Day

International Joke Day

Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day

National Postal Workers Day *

U.S. Postage Stamp and Zip Code Days *


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Bahrain and Mexico – Engineers’ Day

Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Sint Maartin,
St Eustatius and Saba – Emancipation Day

Botswana – Sir Seretse Khama Day
(first President of Botswana 1966-1980)

Bulgaria – July Morning Festival

Burundi, Rwanda and Somalia – Independence Day

Canada – Canada/Dominion Day *

China –
Chinese Communist Party Founding Day

Ghana– Republic Day

Hong Kong –
Administrative Region Establishment Day

Hungary – Officials and Civil Servants Day

India – Doctors’ Day

Portugal – Dia da Madeira

Singapore – Armed Forces Day

Suriname – Keti Koti/Emancipation Day
(slavery abolished 1863)


On This Day in HISTORY

552 – Battle of Taginae: Byzantine forces under General Narses break the power of the Ostrogoths in Italy, and King Totila of the Ostrogoths is killed; the Eastern Roman Empire gains control of Italy, which will end soon after the death of Justinian I in 565

1311 – Liu Bowen born, Chinese military strategist, philosopher, statesman and poet; a key advisor to Zhu Yuanzhang, the founder of the Ming dynasty

1523 – Augustinian monks Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes, after publicly professing Lutheran doctrine, become the first Lutheran martyrs, burned at the stake by the Roman Catholic Council of Brabant in Brussels. Martin Luther wrote his hymn “Ein neues Lied wir heben an” (“A new song we raise,” usually called “Fling to the Heedless Winds” in English) after hearing of their deaths

1643 – First meeting of the Westminster Assembly, a council of theologians (“divines”) and members of the Parliament of England appointed to restructure the Church of England, at Westminster Abbey in London

1725 – Rhoda Delaval born, Lady Astley by marriage, English portrait painter; died at age 32 just after the birth of her fourth child in three years

Rhoda Delaval Astley, by Arthur Pond

1766 – François-Jean de la Barre, a 20-year-old French chevalier (knight), is
tortured and beheaded before his body is burnt on a pyre, with a copy of  Voltaire’s Dictionnaire philosophique nailed to his torso, for not saluting a
Roman Catholic religious procession, singing impious songs, mocking the
sacraments, and possessing prohibited books, in Abbeville, France

Detail from the François-Jean de la Barre monument in Abbeville, France

1770 – Lexell’s Comet passes closer to the Earth than any other recorded comet, approaching to a distance of 1,400,000 miles (0.0146 a.u.)

1798 – Napoleon Bonaparte’s army takes Alexandria, Egypt

1804 – ‘George Sand’ born as Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin; French author and playwright who scandalized French society by smoking, wearing men’s clothing, and a series of very public affairs, with composer Frédéric Chopin and author Alfred de Musset among others; noted for Indiana, Consuelo, La Mare au Diable (The Devil’s Pool)

1826 – Ellen Clark Sargent born, American woman suffragist and good friend of Susan B. Anthony, who moved across the country to California in 1852, and established the Nevada County Women’s Suffrage Association, the first in the state. Her husband, Aaron Sargent, elected as a U.S. Senator (R-CA, 1873-1879) was the first Senator to speak for women’s suffrage on the Senate floor, and introduced in 1878 the bill with the twenty-nine words that would become the 19th Amendment, a bill that would be introduced unsuccessfully in every Senate session for the next 40 years. Clark Sargent was a founder of the Century Club, which helped elect women to local school boards, and she served on the boards of the California Equal Suffrage Association and the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Ellen Clark Sargent worked tirelessly for women’s rights, and was the first president of the California Woman Suffrage Association. She died just days after a hard-fought CWSA campaign triumphantly won the vote for California women in 1911. On the day of her memorial service, for the first time in the state, flags were flown at half mast for a woman.

(L to R) Standing: Ida Husted Harper, Selena Solomons, Carrie Chapman Catt, Anne Bidwell,
Seated: Lucy Anthony, Dr. Anna H. Shaw, Susan B. Anthony, Ellen Clark Sargent, and Mary Hay

1834 – Deotyma born as Jadwiga Łuszczewska, Polish poet and novelist; noted for Sobieski pod Wiedniem (Sobieski Near Vienna)

1837 – Mandatory civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths in England and Wales is established. Initially the onus lies on registrars to discover and record events, so parents only had to supply information if and when asked. In 1875, the Births and Deaths Act came into force, whereby those present at a birth or death were required to report the event

1850 – Florence Earle Coates born, American poet whose work appeared regularly in many of the major periodicals of her day; several poems were also set to music by composers Amy Beach, Clayton Johns and Charles Gilbert Spross. Matthew Arnold met her on a lecture tour of America, and encouraged her to write, becoming a long-time friend and mentor. In 1886, she was a founder of the Contemporary Club in Philadelphia, and was twice president of Philadelphia’s Browning Society (1895-1903 and 1907-1908); published several poetry collections, including Lyrics of Life and The Unconquered Air

1858 – Velma Caldwell Melville born, American editor, poet, sketch and serial writer; she was editor of the Home Circle and Youths’ Department of the Practical Farmer, and of the Hearth and Home Department of the Wisconsin Farmer; noted for her intensely patriotic writing, and for her book, White Dandy, Or Master And I; A Horse’s Story, which was a variation on the more famous Black Beauty

1858 – Joint reading of papers on evolution through natural selection by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace at the Linnean Society of London


1858 – Alice Barber Stephens born, American painter, engraver and illustrator

Christmas on Fifth Avenue, by Alice Barber Stephens

1862 – Moscow’s first free public library, originally The Library of the Moscow Public Museum (now The Russian State Library) is founded

1862 – U.S. Bureau of Internal Revenue established

1863 – First day of the Battle of Gettysburg, in Pennsylvania, the largest military conflict in U.S soil; the day’s end the Union holds the heights, and reinforcements begin arriving

1867 – Canada becomes a self-governing dominion of Great Britain – Canada Day *

1869 – William Strunk Jr. born, American author of The Elements of Style, later revised and enlarged by his former student E.B. White, which became a highly influential guide to English usage, often called simply ‘Strunk & White’

1872 – Louis Bleriot born, French aviator, first to fly across the English Channel

1873 – Alice Guy-Blaché born, French filmmaker, pioneer in early cinema and narrative fiction films, one of the first women directors; founder and director of Solax Studios; her film A Fool and His Money, made in 1912, had an all-black cast

1876 – Susan Glaspell born, American playwright whose play, Alison’s House, won the 1931 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, was also an actress, director, novelist, biographer, poet, and journalist; co-founder of the Provincetown Playhouse, where Eugene O’Neill’s  early plays were first produced

1885 – Dorothea Mackellar born, Australian author and poet; best-known for her poem “My Country”

1887 – Amber Reeves born, New Zealand- born British author, socialist and feminist; chose getting an education at Cambridge over a Court Presentation as a debutante; wrote four novels and four works of non-fiction with socialist and feminist themes; member of the Labour Party, and edited Womens Leader, a party publication

1892 – James M. Cain born, American crime fiction author; The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity

1893 – Walter White born, civil rights activist; joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1918, and became its chief investigator of lynchings, because his blue eyes and light hair, paired with his Southern accent, enabled him to get answers when he questioned politicians and suspected lynchers; the information he uncovered was then broadcast by the NAACP, which influenced public opinion against lynchings. White served as head of NAACP for over 20 years

Walter White circa 1950 and as a college graduate

1898 – Theodore Roosevelt and his “Rough Riders” wage a successful assault on San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish-American War

1901 – Irna Phillips born, American scriptwriter, casting agent and actress, dubbed the “Queen of the Soaps” for creating, producing and writing several of the first daytime radio and television soap operas, including radio’s Woman in White, and TV’s Guiding Light, As the World Turns and Another World; mentor to Agnes Nixon and William J. Bell, also pioneers in daytime television

1903 – Amy Johnson born, British pilot, sets numerous long-distance records; Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) member during WWII; killed during a ferry flight in 1941

1904 – Mary Steichen Calderone born, American physician and public health advocate for sexual education, medical director for Planned Parenthood

1906 – Estée Lauder born, American businesswoman, co-founder of Estée Lauder Companies; one of Time magazine’s 20 most influential business geniuses of 1998; honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

1930 – Carol Chomsky born, American linguist and education specialist, noted for her studies of language acquisition in children; married to Noam Chomsky

1934 – Jean Marsh born, British actor and writer; co-creator and star of the BBC television series Upstairs, Downstairs (1971-1975)

1940 – Ela Gandhi born, South African peace activist; Member of the South African  Parliament (1994-2004) aligned with the ANC (African National Congress); granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi

1941 – Twyla Tharp born, American dancer-choreographer

1943 – “Pay-as-you-go” income tax withholding from U.S. paychecks begins

1945 – Deborah Harry, American singer, Blondie

1946 – Mireya Moscoso born, first woman elected President of Panama

1955 – Lisa Scottoline born, American lawyer and author of legal thrillers and nonfiction

1959 – The U.N. World Refugee Year begins

1963 – The Beatles record “She Loves You”

1963 – U.S. Post Office introduces ZIP (Zoning Improvement Plan) Codes – U.S. Zip Code Day *

1969 – Britain’s Prince Charles invested as the Prince of Wales

Queen Elizabeth I with Charles, the new Prince of Wales

1971 – The $35 million state bond passed in 1928 to pay for building the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is paid in full by bridge tolls

1980 – “O Canada” officially proclaimed the national anthem of Canada

1984 – The Motion Picture Association of America adds the “PG-13” rating

1987 – President Ronald Reagan nominates federal appeals court judge Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court, but he is rejected by the Senate; Anthony Kennedy is eventually approved to take the vacant seat

1987 – The Grateful Dead release their album In The Dark

1991 – President George H.W. Bush nominates federal appeals court judge and accused sexual harasser Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court; he is confirmed by 52-48 vote, the narrowest approval margin in more than a century

1997 – A Seattle postal worker initiates National Postal Workers Day *

2000 – Vermont’s civil unions law goes into effect, granting same-sex couples most of the rights, benefits and responsibilities of marriage

2006 – China opens Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the world’s highest railway

2013 – Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union

2014 – Vice Admiral Michelle J. Howard is promoted to 4-star Admiral, the first woman to achieve the U.S. Navy’s highest rank.

2016 – California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law six new gun control measures, including measures prohibiting possession of magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, and banning semiautomatic weapons with “bullet buttons,” a feature that facilitates speedy reloading


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