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SPAM

This Day in History, July 5

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On July 5th, 1937, SPAM was first put on the market.

Erie Canal

This Day in History, July 4

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On July 4th, 1817, construction began on the Erie Canal.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom to and freedom from." -- Marilyn vos Savant

Other Notable Events for July 3

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On this date in history:

In 1608, French explorer Samuel de Champlain founded the Canadian town of Quebec.

In 1775, George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass.

In 1863, the Union army under the command of Gen. George Meade defeated Confederate forces commanded by Gen. Robert E. Lee ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for July 3

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Those born on this date include:

- Welsh poet/writer William Henry Davies (The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp) in 1871
- actor/singer/composer George M. Cohan in 1878
- Czech novelist Franz Kafka in 1883
- actor George Sanders in 1906
- journalist/columnist Dorothy Kilgallen in 1913
- Jerry Gray, ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Friday, July 3, the 184th day of 2015 with 181 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Venus.

Battle of Gettysburg

This Day in History, July 3

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On July 3rd, 1863. the Battle of Gettysburg ended.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: Guns and bombs, rockets and warships are all symbols of human failure. -- Lyndon B. Johnson

Other Notable Events for July 2

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On this date in history:

In 1788, it was announced in the U.S. Congress that the new Constitution had been ratified by the required nine states, the ninth being New Hampshire.

In 1839, slaves being shipped to Cuba revolted and seized the ship Amistad, leading to an eventual end of the African slave market.

In ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for July 2

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Those born on this date include:

- German novelist Hermann Hesse in 1877
- King Olav V of Norway in 1903
- tennis champion Rene Lacoste in 1904
- former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in 1908
- singer/actor Ken Curtis (Gunsmoke's Festus) in 1916
- civil rights activist Medgar Evers in 1925
...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Thursday, July 2, the 183rd day of 2015 with 182 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Venus.

Zeppelin

This Day in History, July 2

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On July 2nd, 1900, the first zeppelin flight took place on Lake Constance in Germany.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: If you treat people right they will treat you right -- 90 percent of the time. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Other Notable Events for July 1

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On this date in history:

In 1847, the first U.S. postage stamps were issued.

In 1859, the first intercollegiate baseball game was played in Pittsfield, Mass., and it was a high-scoring contest. Amherst beat Williams, 66-32.

In 1867, Canada was granted its independence by Great Britain. It consisted at the time of...Read more

Notable Birthdays for July 1

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Those born on this date include:

- German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz in 1646
- French novelist George Sand, a pseudonym for Amandine Dupin, in 1804
- grammarian William Strunk Jr. in 1869
- pioneer aviator Louis Bleriot in 1872
- French Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leon Jouhaux in 1879
- actor Charles ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Wednesday, July 1, the 182nd day of 2015 with 183 to follow.

The moon is full. Morning stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Venus.

Russian State Library

This Day in History, July 1

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On July 1st, 1862, the Russian State Library was founded.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. -- Albert Einstein

Other Notable Events for June 30

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On this date in history:

In 1859, Frenchman Jean Francois Gravelet, known professionally as the Great Blondin, became the first daredevil to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

In 1870, Ada Kepley became the first woman to graduate from an accredited law school in the United States -- Union College of Law in Chicago.<...Read more

Notable Birthdays for June 30

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Those born on this date include:

- English socialist leader Harold Laski in 1893
- actor Susan Hayward in 1917
- singer Lena Horne in 1917
- magician Harry Blackstone Jr. in 1934
- actor Nancy Dussault in 1936 (age 79)
- singer Florence Ballard of The Supremes in 1943
- actor David Alan Grier in 1955...Read more