On This Date In 1097 The Battle of Dorylaeum took place during the First Crusade between the crusaders and the Seljuk Turks, near Dorylaeum in Anatolia. The crusaders left Nicaea on June 26, with a deep distrust of the Byzantines, who had taken the city without their knowledge after a long siege…
On This Date In 1147 The Siege of Lisbon, from July 1 to October 25 of 1147, was the military action that brought the city of Lisbon under definitive Portuguese control and expelled its Moorish overlords. The Siege of Lisbon was one of the few Christian victories of the Second Crusade and is seen as a pivotal battle of the wider Reconquista.
On This Date In 1644 The naval Battle of Colberger Heide (or Colberg Heath) took place during the Danish-Swedish War (part of the Thirty Years War), off northern Germany. It was a slight victory for a Danish fleet commanded by Vind, assisted by Grabow and King Christian IV, over a Swedish fleet commanded by Fleming, assisted by Ulfsparre and Bjelkenstjerna.
On This Date In 1775 The Continental Congress resolved to recruit Indian nations to the American side in their dispute with the British, should the British take native allies of their own.
On This Date In 1847 The United States Post Office issued its first general issue postage stamp, a five-cent stamp honoring Benjamin Franklin, the first postmaster general under the Continental Congress, and a ten-cent stamp honoring George Washington. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jul01.html
On This Date In 1862 The Battle of Malvern Hill, also known as the Battle of Poindexter's Farm, took place in Henrico County, Virginia. It was the sixth and last of the Seven Days Battles (Peninsula Campaign) of the American Civil War.
On This Date In 1862 The Pacific Railroad Act was passed by Congress in 1862 (12 Stat. 489), and authorized the construction of the first transcontinental railway line connecting the east and west coasts.
On This Date In 1863 The Battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863), fought in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, as part of the Gettysburg Campaign, was the battle with the largest number of casualties in the American Civil War and is often described as the war's turning point. Union Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade's Army of the Potomac defeated attacks by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, ending Lee's invasion of the North. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jul01.html
On This Date In 1867 The autonomous Dominion of Canada, a confederation of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the future provinces of Ontario and Quebec, was officially recognized by Great Britain with the passage of the British North America Act.
On This Date In 1898 The Battle of San Juan Hill, the bloodiest and most famous battle of the Spanish-American War, was fought. It was also one of the greatest victories for Theodore Roosevelt and his volunteer cavalry, the Rough Riders.
On This Date In 1904 The 1904 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the III Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event celebrated in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States from July 1, 1904 to November 23, 1904, at what is now known as Francis Field on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.
On This Date In 1916 The Battle of the Somme (French: Bataille de la Somme), also known as the Somme Offensive, took place during the First World War between 1 July and 18 November 1916 in the Somme department of France, on both banks of the river of the same name. The battle consisted of an offensive by the British and French armies against the German Army, which since invading France in August 1914 had occupied large areas of that country. One of the largest battles of WWI, by the time fighting had petered out in late autumn 1916, more than 1.5 million casualties had been suffered by the forces involved. It is understood to have been one of the bloodiest military operations ever recorded.
On This Date In 1916 25-year-old Army lieutenant named Dwight D. Eisenhower married 19-year-old Mamie Geneva Doud at her parents home in Denver, Colorado. He would go on to become the nation's 34th president.
On This Date In 1918 The Chilwell ammunition factory blast, the ‘forgotten’ tragedy in which 134 Nottingham workers were killed, and dozens more injured, took place. It was also Britain's worst ever disaster involving an explosion. Although it happened more than 80 years ago, it's a tragedy that continues to haunt relatives of the victims. http://www.bbc.co.uk/insideout/eastmidlands/series2/blast_chilwell_...
On This Date In 1939 One Warner Bros. career ended while another rose in “Naughty But Nice”, a light-hearted musical released July 1 in 1939 that spelled the end of Dick Powell's contract as a boy crooner and the start of Ann Sheridan's rise to the top as the studio’s resident “Oomph” girl. The film also featured memorable bits by Allen Jenkins, Maxie Rosenbloom and the young Ronald Reagan as the character Ed “Eddy” Clark. http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/88903|0/Naughty-But-Nice.html
On This Date In 1942 Field Marshal Erwin Rommel was brought to a standstill in the battle for control of North Africa.
On This Date In 1951 Cleveland Indians ace Bob Feller pitched the third no-hit game of his career to lead the Indians over the Detroit Tigers 2-1. This made him the first modern pitcher ever to throw three no-hitters.
On This Date In 1956 Elvis Presley appeared on the Steve Allen show. Steve Allen (NBC), not a fan of rock and roll, booked Presley for one appearance in New York, in which he sang, “Hound Dog”, with the Jordanaires harmonizing.
On This Date In 1959 “Anatomy of a Murder”, an American trial court drama film, directed by Otto Preminger, written by Wendell Mayes, and based on the best-selling novel of the same name written by Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D. Voelker under the pen name Robert Traver, was released.
On This Date In 1966 Sanofi-Aventis’ Lasix, a loop diuretic (water pill) that prevents your body from absorbing too much salt, allowing the salt to instead be passed in your urine, was approved for use by the FDA. http://www.drugwatch.com/lasix/
On This Date In 1967 “Operation Buffalo”, a battle fought between units of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and United States Marine Corps from July 1-14, 1967, ended with Marine casualties at 159 killed in action (KIA) and 345 wounded in action (WIA) and NVA casualties at 1,290 killed and an undetremined number wounded. http://www.amtrac.org/1atbn/Battles/OpBuffalo.asp
On This Date In 1971 The Twenty-sixth Amendment (Amendment XXVI) to the United States Constitution, standardizing the voting age to 18, was adopted in response to student activism against the Vietnam War, and to partially overrule the Supreme Court's decision in Oregon v. Mitchell. The voting age had previously been 21.
On This Date In 1979 A device as astonishing on first encounter as the cellular phone or digital camera would later be, the Sony Walkman went on sale for the very first time.
On This Date In 1992 “A League of Their Own”, a comedy-drama film directed by Penny Marshall, with screenplay written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, telling a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), was released.
On This Date In 1995 The Ninth Special Olympics World Summer Games were held in New Haven, Connecticut, USA on July 1-9, 1995. More than 7,000 athletes from 143 countries gathered for competition in 21 sports.
On This Date In 1997 At midnight, Hong Kong reverted back to Chinese rule in a ceremony attended by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles of Wales, Chinese President Jiang Zemin, and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. A few thousand Hong Kongers protested the turnover, which was otherwise celebratory and peaceful.
On This Date In 1997 “Three Dollar Bill, Yall$”, the debut album by American nu metal band Limp Bizkit, was released through Flip/Interscope. It was produced by Ross Robinson and was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA in July 2001 in the US. It features the singles "Counterfeit", "Sour" and "Faith".
On This Date In 2000 The 2000 Tour de France was the 87th Tour de France, and took place from July 1 to July 23, 2000. It was won by American cyclist Lance Armstrong, his second championship.
On This Date In 2000 American actor Walter Matthau died of full cardiac arrest in Santa Monica at age 79.
On This Date In 2003 “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, a steampunk/adventure novel by Kevin J. Anderson, was published. It is a novelization of the script of the movie of the same name, written by James Dale Robinson, which itself was based on the comic by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill.
On This Date In 2004 American actor Marlon Brando died at age 80. The cause of death was intentionally withheld, his lawyer citing privacy concerns. It was later revealed that he had died at UCLA Medical Center of respiratory failure brought on by pulmonary fibrosis.
On This Date In 2005 The last Thunderbird, Ford Motor Company's iconic sports car, emerged from a Ford factory in Wixom, Michigan.
On This Date In 2008 The annual Boston Harborfest, a multi-day Fourth of July celebration featuring hundreds of events throughout the historic city, was celebrated. Many events are free. Harborfest attracts more than 2.5 million visitors to Boston each July, making it the nation's largest patriotic celebration. http://gonewengland.about.com/od/summerinnewengland/p/boston4thofju...
On This Date In 2008 “Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles” was released. A live album and concert film by American blues-rock musician John Mayer, it is commonly referred to as Where the Light Is.
On This Date In 2009 Alexis Argüello (April 19, 1952 - July 1, 2009), also known by the stage name The Explosive Thin Man, died allegedly by suicide. He was a Nicaraguan professional boxer (three-time world champion) and politician.
On This Date In 2010 IRS agent Shari Schindler layed out details of a complex money trail that dovetailed with earlier testimony from prosecution witnesses about money siphoned from a state pension deal being diverted for the personal benefit of Rod Blagojevich - with Blagojevich friend and fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko as the conduit through Rezko's Rezmar Corp. to Patti Blagojevich's firm, River Realty.
Happy Birthday Leslie Caron (1931), Jean Marsh (1934), Diane Ravitch (1938), Twyla Tharp (1941), Karen Black (1942), Debbie Harry (1945), David Duke (1950), Ken Karcher (1963), Pamela Anderson (1967), Missy Elliott (1971), Claire Forlani (1972), Liv Tyler (1977), and Carmella DeCesare (1982).
RIP Don Beddoe (1903 - 1991), David R Brower (1912 - 2000), Michael Wilson (1914 - 1978), Sir Kenneth Lewis (1916 - 1997), Constance Ford (1923 - 1993), and Princess Diana (1961 - 1997).
It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either. Mark Twain
May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country! Daniel Webster
Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. Louis D. Brandeis
Fourscore and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Abraham Lincoln
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln
And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. Lee Greenwood
We've gone astray from first principles. We've lost sight of the rule that individual freedom and ingenuity are at the very core of everything that we've accomplished. Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. Ronald Reagan
It's time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, "We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government." This idea that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power, is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves. (October 27, 1964). Ronald Reagan
Thy spirit, Independence, let me share! Lord of the lion-heart and eagle-eye, Thy steps I follow with my bosom bare, Nor heed the storm that howls along the sky. Tobas George Smollet
http://www.pbs.org/capitolfourth Get ready to experience this year's A Capitol Fourth! Whether you are among the hundreds of thousands joining us on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC or one of the millions watching at home on PBS, America's favorite Independence Day tradition offers a unique experience. Countdown to the show and hear what the audience has to say about A Capitol Fourth!
AMERICA!! The annual fireworks celebration put on by the city of Cupertino. Great viewing at Hyde Middle School is where we watch them every year. Shooting fireworks is sort of a chore if you actually want to watch them, so I more or less just set up the camera, and every once in awhile, made some quick adjustment. In the end... it's all about seeing them live and enjoying the experience so you get what you get. Not too bad footage though. From a viewer's perspective it probably looks better being shot off the Space Needle or something, but what ya gonna do? Hope you enjoy these. Happy Birthday America.
More than 1,000 immigrants from more than 100 countries gathered on Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom, Friday, July 3, 2009, to be sworn in as American citizens. The new citizens took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States during a morning ceremony hosted by Disney Parks and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. …
Bring it home! - If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you. Winnie the Pooh