July 1 – On This Day In History

1 July

What happened today in history?

  • 1862 – Battle of Malvern Hill (American Civil War) is fought.
  • 1863Battle of Gettysburg (American Civil War) starts.
  • 1867 – John A. MacDonald becomes the first Prime Minister of Canada and the country of Canada was established.
  • 1881 – First international telephone call takes place (US – Canada)
  • 1903 – Start of the first ever Tour de France cycle race.
  • 1916 – Battle of the Somme (World War 1) begins.
  • 1963 – ZIP Codes are used on US mail for the first time.
  • 1979 – Sony brings out the first Walkman.
  • 1999 – Official opening of the Scottish Parliament by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 2007 – Smoking is banned in public spaces in the UK.

 

Who was born today?

  • 1945 – Debbie Harry – American singer (Blondie)
  • 1952 – Dan Aykroyd – Canadian actor (Ghostbusters, The Blues Brothers)
  • 1961 – Carl Lewis – American Olympic athlete.
  • 1961 – Diana, Princess of Wales
  • 1976 – Ruud van Nistelrooy – Dutch footballer.
  • 1977 – Liv Tyler – American actress

 

Who died today?

  • 2004 – Marlon Brando – American actor.
  • 2006 – Fred Trueman – English cricketer.

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