The worlds hottest rainfall was 119Β°F (48Β°C) and took place in Imperial, CA on July 24th 2018 newsweek.com/worlds-hotte…
On July 24 1915, the SS Eastland rolled over onto her side while tied to a dock in the Chicago River, killing 844 passengers and 4 crew. One of the causes of the disaster was the weight of additional lifeboats added to the upper decks in response to the sinking of the Titanic 3 years earlier. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned about the Black Tom explosion. German agents set off an explosion in New York Harbor on July 30, 1916 that killed four people, destroyed $20,000,000 worth of military goods, and damaged the Statue of Liberty. It was one of the largest artificial non-nuclear explosions to have ever occurred. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, was in a same-sex relationship for 27 years. This wasn’t known to the public until her obituary was released after her death on July 23, 2012. huffpost.com/us/entry/us_…
Musician Ben Folds married and subsequently divorced four times between 1987 and 2011. In 2012, he was quoted as saying, "As much as I love the idea of being married, it's not for me." By July 2020, he was married for the fifth time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
On July 10th, 1980, then-52-year-old Willie Jones got heatstroke, which resulted in him having a body temperature of 115 degrees Fahrenheit. After spending 24 days in the hospital, he survived. He has since then held the Guinness World Record for highest recorded body temperature. npr.org/sections/goatsand…
Today I learned of PI Approximation Day, which is held on July 22nd, based on the fraction 22/7 which evaluates to PI accurate to two decimal places. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_…
Today I learned about Ham (July 1957 – January 19, 1983), also known as Ham the Chimp and Ham the Astrochimp, was a chimpanzee and the first hominid launched into space. On January 31, 1961, Ham flew a suborbital flight on the Mercury-Redstone 2 mission, part of the U.S. space program's Project Mercury. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ham…
Today I learned of the New Jersey shark attacks of 1916. From July 1st to the 12th five people were attacked by sharks along the Jersey Shore with one victim surviving. Speculation of why the attacks occurred has lead to theories such as annoyed sea turtles and sharks following German u-boats for easy prey. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey…
During the Reign of Terror in the French revolution (between June 1793 and July 1794), 17,000 people were guillotined -- an average of over 40 people per day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
On 26 July 69163, Venus and Mercury will transit the sun simultaneously. That's also a Friday. skyandtelescope.org/astro…
Even though the Soviet Union disbanded in 1991, the .su top-level domain remains in use today with over 100,000 .su domains as of July 2020. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.su
On July 19, 1957, five Air Force officers volunteered to stand directly under an exploding nuclear bomb. The only non-volunteer was the cameraman. ctbto.org/specials/testin…
On July 31, 2001 a young 6 year old died in a MRI accident when the powerful magnetic field jerked a nearby oxygen canister across the room, crushing the boys head. abcnews.go.com/amp/US/sto…
In July 2018, Russian scientists collected and analysed 300 prehistoric worms from the permafrost and thawed them. 2 of the ancient worms revived and began to move and eat. One is dated at 32,000 years old, the other 41,700 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Professional rodeo cowboy Cody Lambert created the protective vest that most professional bull riders now wear, after seeing the death of his friend, Lane Frost at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on July 30, 1989. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod…
The German armed forces have the concept β€œinner guidance”, which obliges every citizen-soldier to think for themselves. Soldiers may disobey orders against their conscience and it officially traditionalizes the actions of the July-plot conspirators, like Claus von Stauffenberg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Christopher Lydon, American media personality and author, is credited with creating the first podcast which was recorded in July 2003. Lydon, a previous contributor to NPR and New York Times Reporter, continues to regularly update Open Source, which is the longest running podcast to date. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned of Troy Leon Gregg, an inmate who had been sentenced to death but escaped from prison on July 28th 1980, only to be killed in a bar later that same night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tro…
Cartoon Network aired The Iron Giant continuously for 24 hours in the early 2000s for Fourth of July and Thanksgiving en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In July 2014, six sealed glass vials of smallpox dated 1954 were discovered by chance in a storage room in an FDA laboratory at the NIH in Maryland. Upon transfer to the CDC in Atlanta, two of the vials had virus which proved to be viable in culture. They were destroyed 7 months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sma…
Today I learned about the 1943 Quebec Agreement, where the United States and the United Kingdom agreed in secret not to use nuclear weapons without each others consent. When asked, the U.K. provided its consent to use nuclear weapons on Japan on July 4, 1945. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
The last Wii games released, Retro City Rampage DX+ and Shakedown Hawaii, were both released on July 9 2020, almost 14 years after the Wii's launch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about Two Air India flights which had crashed into the Mont Blanc almost at the same spot near Rocher de la Tournette, 16 years apart. The first flight crashed in 1950, while the next one in 1966. Wreckage and remains from the flights have been discovered by climbers as recently as July 2020. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
On July 28th, 1932, the US government deployed tanks onto the streets of Washington DC to clear the streets of veterans who were protesting to redeem their certificates early. ushistory.org/us/48c.asp
There is a small island known as Pheasant Island which is located in the Bidasoa river of the France-Spain border, and it changes ownership between the two countries every six months. From February 1 to July 31, it is under Spanish rule and for the following six months it's French. amusingplanet.com/2016/10…
On July 4, 1826, While On His Deathbed, Former President John Adams Last Words Were "Jefferson Still Survives", Refering To Former President Thomas Jefferson, Who Unknown To Adams, Had Died Hours Earlier, On The Same Day. cnn.com/2018/07/04/us/joh…
Rommel’s stance as an anti-Nazi and supporter of the July 20 plot to kill Hitler is largely exaggerated. He remained loyal, and his desire to negotiate a surrender was driven by the knowledge that the successful Allied landings in Normandy would lead to catastrophe for Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Springsteen wrote β€œBorn in the U.S.A.” after reading Born on the Fourth of July mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez turned 18 on 18 July 2008. He had already fought 21 professional boxing matches by that point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
In 2017 "Killer Mike" (of Run The Jewels fame) was awarded a day in his honor on July 17th in Atlanta. Additionally fellow Atlanta rapper "Big Boi" suggested he run for Mayor of the city atlantamagazine.com/news-…
Today I learned of The Rolex Murder. On July 28, 1996, a man’s body washed up on a trawler in the UK seas. There was no identification on the body except a 25-year-old Rolex Oyster on his wrist. As Rolex maintains such meticulous service records, they were able to ID the victim and ultimately the murderer. plymouthherald.co.uk/news…
Congress has met outside Washington DC twice since 1800: July 16, 1987, at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of ratification of the Constitution, & at Federal Hall in New York on September 11, 2002, to mark the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The city of George, Washington celebrates national holidays such as the Fourth of July, and Washington's Birthday, with cherry pies. The world's largest cherry pie is also baked every year on July 4, and served to a crowd. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The Mad Pooper. A jogger who used to poop in public in Colorado, US. She has been wanted since July 2017 and remains unidentified. Theories about her public defecation varied from having Crohn's disease to being an exhibitionist or having a greater motive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The world's first television commercial aired on July 1, 1941was only 10 seconds long, and was an advertisement for Bulova watches. It cost the company a total of $9. businessinsider.com/first…
Today I learned about "The Cube", an all-plastic, fan-less, button-less computer revealed by Apple on July 19th, 2000. Steve Job's focus on aesthetics resulted in a computer that looked good but that consumers couldn't afford, and it was retracted less than a year later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pow…
The Soviet Union tried to get a Moon sample back to earth before the American Apollo 11 mission could do so. The Soviets had a robotic spacecraft called Luna 15 orbiting the moon, but it crashed onto the moon on 21 July 1969, hours before the Apollo 11 lift off from the moon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun…
Yesterday (July 4, 2020 at 0634 CDT) was Earth’s Aphelion day, meaning we were the farthest we’ll from the Sun this year. The next Perihelion (the closest we are) will be January 2, 2021 at 0750 CDT. space.com/41093-earth-at-…
July 12th is arguably the birthday of England, as it was on 12 July 927 that King Athelstan's overlordship of the Kingdom of York was recognized, making him the first ruler of all the territory of what we now know as England en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
The 4th of July and Halloween always fall on the same weekday. They are also 'Doomsday' days according to the Doomsday Rule, from which any weekday can be calculated easily. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doo…
Every 4th of July The Philadelphia Liberty Bell is tapped (not rung) 13 times to honor the 13 colonies ushistory.org/libertybell…
The US declared independence on July 2, 1776, two days before the Declaration of Independence was adopted en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Rags, who became a World War I dog hero, was originally just a stray pup picked up by a couple of American soldiers in July of 1918. He carried messages from one US infantry division to the next tucked under his collar. He was buried with military honours when he died in 1936. worldwar1centennial.org/i…
The July Effect is a perceived increase in the risk of medical errors and surgical complications that occurs in association with the time of year in which United States medical school graduates begin residencies. vox.com/2014/7/13/5893653…
Today I learned about the No Gun Ri massacre, which took place on the 26th July 1950, where US Forces killed a large number of South Korean Civilians. One GI, Norman Tinkler, was later quoted by the Associated Press as having said, β€œWe just annihilated them.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_…
The reason the New York Mets still pay Bobby Bonilla $1.19 Million every year on July 1st is related to the Bernie Madoff Investment Scandal. marketwatch.com/story/the…
A woman named Chamoy Thipyaso, an employee of the Petroleum Authority for Thailand was convicted of corporate fraud on July 27, 1989 and had the longest prison sentence ever with 141,078 years historycollection.com/fin…
The strongest beer ever sold is "The End of History", which was brewed by BrewDog in Fraserburgh, Scotland and has an alcohol volume of 55%. Bottles were sold for Β£500 (US $806) each or Β£700 ($1,129) when packaged in a taxidermied squirrel. The last bottles were sold in July 2010. guinnessworldrecords.com/…

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