On This Day..... July 20, 2018

JULY 20TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL LOLLIPOP DAY
  • TODAY IS PENNSYLVANIA APPRECIATION DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • ALEXANDER THE GREAT (356-323 BC)
  • SIR EDMUND HILLARY (1919-2008)
  • CORMAC MCCARTHY (1933, 85)
  • NATALIE WOOD (1938-1981)
  • DIANA RIGG (1938, 80)
  • KIM CARNES (1945, 73)
  • CARLOS SANTANA (1947, 71)
  • DAN SHAUGHNESSY (1953, 65)
  • CHRIS CORNELL (1964-2017)
  • ENRIQUE PENA NIETO (1966, 52)
  • RAY ALLEN (1975, 43)
  • GISELE BUNDCHEN (1980, 38)
  • JULIANNE HOUGH (1988, 30)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1868, CIGARETTES ARE TAXED FOR THE FIRST TIME VIA TAX STAMP
  • IN 1871, BRITISH COLUMBIA BECOMES PART OF CANADA
  • IN 1881, SITTING BULL SURRENDERS TO U.S. TROOPS
  • IN 1923, PANCHO VILLA IS KILLED AT 55
  • IN 1924, JOHNNY WEISMULLER, FUTURE TARZAN, WINS TWO OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS
  • IN 1925, WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN TAKES THE STAND IN THE SCOPES MONKEY TRIAL. AFTER BEING HUMILIATED BY CLARENCE DARROW HE DIES SIX DAYS LATER
  • IN 1932, THE “BONUS ARMY”, A GROUP OF WORLD WAR I VETERANS, MARCHED ON WASHINGTON TO DEMAND PAYMENT FOR WAR BONDS THEY WERE PAID AS COMPENSATION BUT COULD NOT CASH UNTIL 1945
  • IN 1933, THE VATICAN SIGNS AN ACCORD WITH ADOLF HITLER ON THE SAME DAY GERMANY ROUNDS UP AND PARADES 200 JEWISH MERCHANTS THROUGH THE STREETS. LONDON RESPONDS WITH A HALF MILLION PERSON ANTISEMITISM MARCH
  • IN 1937, GUGLIELMO MARCONI, THE INVENTOR OF RADIO, DIES AT 63
  • IN 1940, BILLBOARD BEGINS PUBLISHING ITS OFFICIAL “SINGLES CHART”. THEY FIRST #1 IS TOMMY DORSEY’S “I’LL NEVER SMILE AGAIN”
  • IN 1944, PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT IS OFFICIALLY NOMINATED FOR A FOURTH TERM AS PRESIDENT BY THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
  • IN 1944, HITLER SURVIVES AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT BY CLAUS VON STAUFFENBERG
  • IN 1948, WILLIAM FORSTER, THE HEAD OF THE U.S. COMMUNIST PARTY, IS ARRESTED
  • IN 1949, ISRAEL’S WAR OF INDEPENDENCE ENDS AFTER 19 MONTHS
  • IN 1950, “ARTHUR MURRAY PARTY TIME” DEBUTS ON ABC
  • IN 1953, THE UNITED NATIONS DECIDES TO MAKE UNICEF A PERMANENT GROUP
  • IN 1954, AN ARMISTICE IS SIGNED SEPARATING VIETNAM INTO NORTH AND SOUTH
  • IN 1954, ELVIS PRESLEY PERFORMS LIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THE BACK OF A FLATBED TRUCK AS PART OF A DRUG STORE OPENING IN MEMPHIS
  • IN 1960, TWO SOVIET DOGS BECOME THE FIRST LIVING THINGS TO RETURN FROM SPACE
  • IN 1964, JAN AND DEAN GO TO #1 WITH “SURF CITY”
  • IN 1968, CREAM STARTS A FOUR WEEK RUN AT #1 ON THE ALBUM CHART WITH “WHEELS OF FIRE”
  • IN 1968, IRON BUTTERFLY BECOMES THE FIRST HEAVY METAL BAND TO PLACE A SONG ON THE SINGLES CHART WITH “IN A GODDA DA VIDA”
  • IN 1969, NEIL ARMSTRONG AND BUZZ ALDRIN TAKE THE FIRST EVER STEPS ON THE MOON AFTER LANDING THE APOLLO SPACE CRAFT ON LIVE TELEVISION
  • IN 1973, THE SENATE PASSES THE WAR POWERS ACT
  • IN 1973, BRUCE LEE DIES OF A CEREBRAL EDEMA AT 32
  • IN 1975, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND BEGIN THEIR “BORN TO RUN’ TOUR IN PROVIDENCE AND INTRODUCE NEW MEMBER STEVEN VAN ZANDT
  • IN 1976, HANK AARON HITS HIS FINAL HOME RUN, BRINGING HIS TOTAL TO 755
  • IN 1976, THE U.S. WITHDRAWS ITS FINAL TROOPS FROM THAILAND
  • IN 1976, JAPANESE GYMNAST SHUN FUJIMOTO WINS AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL AFTER BREAKING HIS LEG DURING HIS FLOOR ROUTINE. HE PERFORMED BOTH THE SIDE HORSE AND RINGS AFTER THE ACCIDENT.
  • IN 1976, VIKING I LANDS ON MARS AND SENDS BACK THE FIRST PHOTOS ON MARS
  • IN 1977, A FLASH FLOOD IN JOHNSTOWN, PA KILLS 80 AND CAUSES DAMAGES OF OVER $350 MILLION
  • IN 1977, THE CIA REVEALS IT HAS EXPERIMENTED WITH MIND CONTROL
  • IN 1984, VANESSA WILLIAMS IS ASKED TO RESIGN AS MISS AMERICA AFTER NUDE PHOTOS OF HER SURFACE
  • IN 1984, FITNESS ADVOCATE JAMES FIXX, WRITER OF ‘THE COMPLETE BOOK OF RUNNING”, DIES OF A HEART ATTACK AT 52
  • IN 1986, “SID AND NANCY” OPENS IN LONDON
  • IN 1989, THE BURMESE GOVERNMENT PUTS AUNG SAN SUU KYI UNDER HOUSE ARREST
  • IN 1989, ROERT MAPPLETHORPE OPENS HIS CONTROVERSIAL ART SHOW AT THE PROJECT FOR THE ARTS AFTER THE SMITHSONIAN REFUSES TO SHOW IT
  • IN 1990, WILLIAM BRENNEN RESIGNS FROM THE SUPREME COURT
  • IN 1990, OLIVER NORTH’S CONVICTION IN THE IRAN CONTRA AFFAIR IS OVERTURNED BY A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT
  • IN 1991, DESIREE WASHINGTON COMES FORWARD WITH CLAIMS THAT SHE WAS RAPED BY MIKE TYSON
  • IN 1991, EMF GOES TO #1 WITH “UNBELIEVABLE”
  • IN 1993, VINCE FOSTER, DEPUTY WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL,  COMMITS SUICIDE AT 48
  • IN 1994, O.J. SIMPSON OFFERS A HALF MILLION DOLLAR REWARD FOR EVIDENCE LEADING TO HIS EX-WIFE’S KILLER
  • IN 1998, THE TALIBAN EXPELS 200 AID WORKERS FROM CARE AND DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS FROM AFGHANISTAN
  • IN 1999, THE FULAN GONG ARE BANNED FROM CHINA
  • IN 1999, CHURCH GROUPS PROTEST A PHOTO SPREAD OF BRITNEY SPEARS IN HER UNDERWEAR IN ROLLING STONE
  • IN 2000, THE LEADERS OF THE SALT LAKE CITY OLYMPIC COMMITTEE ARE INDICTED FOR BRIBERY, FRAUD AND RACKETEERING
  • IN 2001, THE LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE GOES PUBLIC
  • IN 2005, CANADA BECOMES THE FOURTH COUNTRY TO LEGALIZE SAME SEX MARRIAGE
  • IN 2006, A STALKER AND PHONE SEX WORKER NAMED DESSARAE BRADFORD CONFRONTS COLIN FARRELL DURING A TAPING OF “THE TONIGHT SHOW”
  • IN 2007, TAMMY FAYE BAKKER DIES AT 75
  • IN 2012, 12 PEOPLE ARE KILLED WHEN A GUNMAN OPENS FIRE IN A MOVIE THEATRE IN AURORA, COLORADO
  • IN 2015, COUNTRY STARS BLAKE SHELTON AND MIRANDA LAMBERT DIVORCE
  • IN 2015, HACKERS BREACH THE WEBSITE “ASHLEY MADISON’ AND THREATEN TO EXPOSE CHEATERS USING THE SITE
  • IN 2017, ELON MUSK TWEETS OUT A “VERBAL AGREEMENT” TO BUILD A 29 MINUTE HYPER LOOP BETWEEN NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON D.C.
  • IN 2017, THE IRAQI CITY OF MOSUL IS LIBERATED FROM ISIS
  • IN 2017, CHESTER BENNINGTON, LEAD SINGER OF LINKIN PARK COMMITS SUICIDE AT 41

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