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.

June 30 – On This Day In History

30 June

What happened today in history?

  • 1859 – Charles Blondin walks a tightrope across Niagara Falls.

  • 1960 – Congo gains its independence from Belgium.
  • 1990 – The economies of East Germany and West Germany become one.
  • 1997 – Sovereignty over Hong Kong passes from the UK to China.

 

Who was born today?

  • 1919 – Ed Yost – American inventor of the hot air balloon.
  • 1966 – Mike Tyson – American heavyweight boxer.
  • 1983 – Cheryl Cole – English singer (member of Girls Aloud)
  • 1985 – Michael Phelps – American swimmer.

 

Who died today?

  • 1973 – Nancy Mitford – English novelist.

June 29 – On This Day In History

29 June

What happened today in history?

  • 1613 – The Globe Theatre in London is destroyed by fire.

  • 1950 – England are beaten by the United States in the 1950 World Cup (soccer).
  • 1974 – Isabel Peron becomes the female President of Argentina.
  • 2007 – The first iPhone is released by Apple.

 

Who was born today?

  • 1980 – Katherine Jenkins – Welsh soprano singer.

 

Who died today?

  • 1520 – Moctezuma II (aka Montezuma) – 9th ruler of Tenochtitlan.
  • 1940 – Paul Klee – Swiss artist.
  • 2003 – Katharine Hepburn – American actress.