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Weird News

Weird News is prepared with assistance from Northwestern news-aggregator Orbusmax.

 

This Week In History

  • Sunday, 7/8: Liberty Bell tolls, 1776; Perry sails into Tokyo Bay; 1853; MacArthur named to command in Korea, 1950
  • Monday, 7/9: Fall of Port Hudson, 1863; Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech, 1896; electromagnetic pulse discovered in “Starfish Prime” nuclear test, 1962
  • Tuesday, 7/10: Millard Fillmore sworn into Presidency, 1850; Scopes Monkey Trial begins, 1925; modern three-point seatbelt patented, 1962
  • Wednesday, 7/11: First Quaker colonists land at Boston, 1656; Burr kills Hamilton, 1804; Babe Ruth’s first MLB game, 1914
  • Thursday, 7/12: Medal of Honor authorized by Congress, 1862; striking  miners thrown out of Bisbee, Az., 1917; National Personnel Records Center arson destroys most WWII records, 1973
  • Friday, 7/13: New York draft riots, 1863; Hollywood sign dedicated, 1923; Butterfield reveals existence of Nixon tapes, 1973
  • Saturday, 7/14: Sedition Act takes effect, 1798; Billy the Kid killed, 1881; Hughes sets round-the-world flight record, 1938

Today’s Birthdays: President John Quincy Adams, 1767; author E. B. White, 1899; actor Yul Brynner, 1920; actress Sela Ward, 1956.

Holidays Around the World: It’s Free Slurpee Day. Kiribati celebrates Gospel Day, Mongolia marks the beginning of Naadam, Northern Irelend has Eleventh Night and Flemish Belgians celebrate Day of the Flemish Community.

This Week In History is compiled with assistance from History.com and Wikipedia. Something interesting not listed here? Please share in the Comments section–this is an Audience Participation Encouraged featurette.

 

 

Public Service Announcement for “Sanctuary State” Residents
If you would like to report illegal aliens, please call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at 1-866-DHS-2ICE (347-2423). They will need to know names, locations (either work place or residence) and any other specific information you can provide. Visit http://www.ice.gov for more information.

 

Quote of the Day

If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.–Donald Rumsfeld

 

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