On This Day..... July 12

JULY 12TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PECAN PIE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL EAT YOUR JELLO DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1817-1862)
  • GEORGE EASTMAN (1854-1932)
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER (1864-1934)
  • LOUIS B. MAYER (1884-1957)
  • OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II (1895-1960)
  • MILTON BERLE (1908-2002)
  • “CURLY” JOE DERITA (1909-1993)
  • BILL COSBY (1937, 81)
  • CHRISTINE MCVIE (1943, 75)
  • RICHARD SIMMONS (1948, 70)
  • JAY THOMAS (1948, 70)
  • CHERYL LADD (1951, 67)
  • BRIAN GRAZER (1951, 67)
  • CHEYENNE JACKSON (1975, 43)
  • TOPHER GRACE (1978, 40)
  • MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ (1978, 40)
  • MALALA YOUSAFZAI (1997, 21)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1109, CRUSADERS CAPTURE TRIPOLI
  • IN 1191, ENGLAND’S KING RICHARD THE LIONHEART CONQUERS PALESTINE
  • IN 1543, KING HENRY VIII MARRIES HIS 6TH AND FINAL WIFE
  • IN 1630, THE DUTCH BUY ELLIS ISLAND FROM NATIVES (THEN CALLED GULL ISLAND)
  • IN 1679, ENGLISH KING CHARLES II RATIFIES THE HABEUS CORPUS LAW ALLOWING ALL PRISONERS THE RIGHT TO A DATE IN COURT
  • IN 1790, THE FRENCH REVOLUTION ADOPTS THE CIVIL CONSTITUTION OF THE CLERGY WHICH PUTS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE GOVERNMENT
  • IN 1804, TREASURY SECRETARY ALEXANDER HAMILTON DIES, HAVING BEEN SHOT THE DAY BEFORE DURING A DUEL WITH VICE PRESIDENT AARON BURR
  • IN 1817, DANNYBROOK, IRELAND HOLDS THE FIRST EVER FLOWER SHOW
  • IN 1843, JOSEPH SMITH, FOUNDER OF THE MORMON CHURCH, DECRIES THAT GOD ALLOWS POLYGAMY
  • IN 1849, DOLLY MADISON DIES AT 81
  • IN 1859, WILLIAM GOODALE OF MASSACHUSETTS PATENTS A MACHINE TO PRODUCE PAPER BAGS
  • IN 1861, WILD BILL HICKOK SHOOTS DAVID MCCANLES, BELIEVED TO BE THE FIRST MAN HE KILLED. HE IS ACQUITTED ON GROUNDS OF SELF DEFENSE
  • IN 1862, CONGRESS AUTHORIZES THE MEDAL OF HONOR
  • IN 1909, CONGRESS PASSES THE 16TH AMENDMENT, WHICH GIVES THE GOVERNMENT THE RIGHT TO TAX INCOME
  • IN 1918, 500 PEOPLE DIE WHEN THE JAPANESE BATTLESHIP KAWACHI EXPLODES IN THE BAY OF TOKAYAMA
  • IN 1918, PABLO PICASSO MARRIES BALLET DANCER OLGA KHOKHLOVA
  • IN 1920, THE PANAMA CANAL IS FORMALLY DEDICATED
  • IN 1928, THE FIRST TENNIS MATCH IS SHOWN ON TELEVISION
  • IN 1933, CONGRESS PASSES ITS FIRST MINIMUM WAGE LAW, SETTING IT AT $.33/HOUR
  • IN 1933, FRED ASTAIRE MARRIES SOCIALITE PHYLLIS LIVINGSTON POTTER
  • IN 1937, JACQUES COUSTEAU MARRIES SCUBA DIVER SIMONE MELCHOIR
  • IN 1940, FREDERICK MCKINLEY JONES PATENTS AIR CONDITIONED TRUCKS, MAKING COMPANIES ABLE TO HAUL FOOD LONG DISTANCES FOR SALE
  • IN 1943, RUSSIA DEFEATS GERMANT IN THE TANK BATTLE OF PROKHOROVKA
  • IN 1944, ALLIED TROOPS DISBAND THE NAZI THERESIENSTADT FAMILY CAMP AFTER 4,000 PEOPLE WERE GASSED
  • IN 1949, BASEBALL OWNERS AGREE TO INSTALL WARNING PATHS IN THE OUTFIELDS OF BASEBALL STADIUMS
  • IN 1954, PRESIDENT EISENHOWER ANNOUNCES HIS INTERSTATE HIGHWAY PLAN
  • IN 1954, 19 YEAR OLD ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNS A CONTRACT WITH SUN RECORDS
  • IN 1957, PRESIDENT EISENHOWER IS THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO RIDE IN A HELICOPTER
  • IN 1957, SURGEON GENERAL LEROY BURNEY IS THE FIRST TO CONNECT SMOKING TO LUNG CANCER
  • IN 1959, NBC COMES UNDER FIRE FOR USING TV CAMERAS TO PICK UP SIGNALS FROM THE CATCHER IN A YANKEES VS. RED SOX GAME
  • IN 1960, THE OHIO ART COMPANY RELEASES THE ETCH A SKETCH
  • IN 1962, THE ROLLING STONES PERFORM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE MARQUEE CLUB OF LONDON
  • IN 1962, RAY CHARLES HITS #1 WITH “I CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU” OFF HIS COUNTRY ALBUM “MODERN SOUNDS IN COUNTRY AND WESTERN MUSIC”
  • IN 1967, RACE RIOTS IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY LEAD TO 26 DEATHS, 1,500 INJURIES AND OVER 1,000 ARRESTS
  • IN 1968, THE MONKEE’S MICKEY DOLENZ MARRIES SAMANTHA JUSTE
  • IN 1969, ZAGER AND EVANS START A SIX WEEK RUN AT #1 WITH “IN THE YEAR 2525”
  • IN 1972, GEORGE MCGOVERN GETS THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION’S NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT
  • IN 1976, “THE FAMILY FUED” DEBUTS ON ABC WITH RICHARD DAWSON
  • IN 1979, “DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT” AT COMISKEY PARK LEADS TO CHAOS IN THE STADIUM AFTER FANS GO CRAZY DESTROYING DISCO RECORDS. THE WHITE SOX END UP HAVING TO FORFEIT THE SECOND GAME OF THE DOUBLE HEADER TO THE TIGERS
  • IN 1979, SINGER MINNIE RIPERTON DIES OF BREAST CANCER AT 31
  • IN 1980, FUTURE SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN MARRIES LAW PROF. BRUCE MANN
  • IN 1980, OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN HITS #1 WITH “XANADU”
  • IN 1982, A 32 YEAR OLD MAN MANAGES TO GET INTO BUCKINGHAM PALACE AND SNEAK INTO THE QUEEN’S BEDROOM. SHE SITS AND TALKS WITH HIM FOR TEN MINUTES BEFORE HE IS REMOVED
  • IN 1984, THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY NOMINATES GERALDINE FERRARO, THE FIRST FEMALE CANDIDATE FOR VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
  • IN 1984, NEW YORK IS THE FIRST STATE TO ENACT A SEAT BELT LAW
  • IN 1985, DOCTORS FIND A CANCEROUS GROWTH IN THE COLON OF PRESIDENT REAGAN
  • IN 1986, SIMPLY RED ARE #1 WITH “HOLDING BACK THE YEARS”
  • IN 1990, BORIS YELSTIN QUITS THE COMMUNIST PARTY
  • IN 1993, 160 PEOPLE ARE KILLED IN A 7.8 EARTHQUAKE IN JAPAN
  • IN 1993, DON IMUS BEGINS BROADCASTING ON WEEI IN BOSTON
  • IN 1994, HEARINGS BEGIN TO NOMINATE STEPHEN BREYER TO THE SUPREME COURT
  • IN 1995, ENRIQUE IGLESIAS RELEASES HIS SELF TITLED DEBUT ALBUM
  • IN 1998, 68 YEAR OLD ROBERT EVANS MARRIES 36 YEAR OLD CATHERINE OXENBERG
  • IN 2002, “MONK” DEBUTS ON THE USA NETWORK
  • IN 2008, 61 YEAR OLD ROLLING STONES GUITARIST RONNIE WOOD LEAVES HIS WIFE OF 23 YEARS AND MOVES IN WITH AN 18 YEAR OLD RUSSIAN COCKTAIL WAITRESS
  • IN 2013, ON HER 16TH BIRTHDAY, MALALA YOUSAFZAI ADDRESSES THE UNITED NATIONS TO CALL FOR EQUAL ACCESS TO EDUCATION
  • IN 2016, BERNIE SANDERS OFFICIALLY ENDORSES HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT

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