July 29 in Pop Culture History

July 29 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

July 29 History Highlights

  • 1945 – The USS Indiana was torpedoed and sank. Only 318 of 1,196 crewmen survived.
  • 1954 – The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien was published.
  • 1958 – NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) was established.
  • If you were born on July 29th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… November 5th (prior year)

National Chicken Wing Day

The Buffalo Chicken Wing is a staple of American cuisine. They were invented over 50 years ago by Teressa Bellissimo at the Anchor Bar and Grill in Buffalo, NY. Legend has it that she served them to her son Dominic and his friends as late-night snacks but they quickly became wildly popular thereafter their invention was revealed to others who then spread the word about this delicious dish all across America – leading people everywhere craving for these wings today!

Buffalo is an unassuming city on Lake Erie with big appetites: It also claims two kinds of chicken wing sauces; milder orange-onion-based “rooster” and spicier cayenne pepper sauce.

The peppers used to make the hot sauce contains the chemical Capsaicin. The more Capsaicin, the hotter the pepper and the hotter the sauce. Your chicken wing leftovers can stay in the fridge for three to four days, according to the FDA. You shouldn’t leave your chicken wings at room temperature (40 degrees Fahrenheit or above) for more than two hours.

Common Varieties of Hot Peppers and their Scoville Rating for Hot Peppers:

Pepper/ Scoville Score:
Anaheim 200
Paprika 1,000
Cherry Bomb 2,000
Jalapeno 4,000
Serrano 8,000
Cayenne 30,000
Tobasco 80,000
Thai 80,000
Habanero 200,000
Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) 855,000 – 1,041,427

July 29 is…

International Tiger Day
National Chicken Wing Day
National Lipstick Day
Rain Day

July 29 Birthday Quotes

“You can be too rich and too thin, but you can never be too well read or too curious about the world.”
– Tim Gunn

“They yell at me to be dignified. But what are the dignified people like? The people who are held up as examples of me? They are snobs. Frightful snobs, I’m a curiosity in Hollywood. I’m a big freak because I’m myself!”
– Clara Bow

“‘Why do I wear tennis shoes?’ That’s two questions. Do I wear tennis shoes? The answer to that question is, ‘Yes.’ ‘Why?'” That’s a question philosophers have been pondering for centuries.”
– Irwin Corey

“Have you noticed that the people who actually make the laws, the people in power, never make laws for themselves?”
– William Powell

“Often imitated, but never duplicated!”
– Lou Albano

“Be honest. Be kind. Be honorable. Work hard. And always be awesome.”
– Wil Wheaton

“I prefer to think of myself as a musician who is still learning and trying to do something every time out.”
– Geddy Lee

“I have the face of a vampire, but the heart of a feminist.”
– Theda Bara

“To be good is to be forgotten. I’m going to be so bad I’ll always be remembered.”
– Theda Bara

July 29 Birthdays

1883 – Benito Mussolini, Italian fascist politician, 27th Prime Minister of Italy (died in 1945)
1885 – Theda Bara, American actress (died in 1955)
1892 – William Powell, American actor (died in 1984)
1905 – Clara Bow, American actress (died in 1965)
1906 – Thelma Todd, American actress (died in 1935)
1914 – ‘Professor’ Irwin Corey, American comedian and actor (died in 2017)
1933 – Lou Albano, Italian-American wrestler, manager, and actor (died in 2009)
1953 – Geddy Lee, Canadian musician
1953 – Tim Gunn, American television host and actor
1954 – Patti Scialfa, American musician
1955 – Dave Stevens, American illustrator (died in 2008)
1966 – Martina McBride, American singer-songwriter
1972 – Wil Wheaton, American actor
1982 – Allison Mack, American actress

July 29 History

1148 – The Siege of Damascus ended with a crusader defeat and lead end of the Second Crusade.

1836 – Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile (Arch of Triumph of the Star) in Paris, France.

1914 – The 7 mile long Cape Cod Canal opened in Massachusetts.

1916 – Matheson Fire, Ontario

1921 – Adolf Hitler became the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party.

1948 – After a hiatus of 12 years caused by World War II, the first Summer Olympics to be held since the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, open in London.

1958 – US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act into law, which created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

1969 – #1 Hit July 29, 1967 – August 18, 1967: The Doors – Light My Fire

1972 – #1 Hit July 29, 1972 – August 25, 1972: Gilbert O’Sullivan – Alone Again (Naturally)

1976 – David Berkowitz (the “Son of Sam”) killed one person and seriously wounded another in the first of a series of attacks in New York City.

1981 – A worldwide TV audience of over 700 million people watched the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

1982 – Professional wrestler Jerry Lawler slapped actor Andy Kaufman in the face on the program Late Night with David Letterman, a staged event that prompted a several-month ‘war’ between the two of them.

1987 – British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and President of France François Mitterrand sign the agreement to build a tunnel under the English Channel (Chunnel).

2000 – #1 Hit July 29, 2000 – August 11, 2000: ‘N Sync – It’s Gonna Be Me

2005 – Astronomers announce their discovery of the dwarf planet, Eris.

July 29, 2015- Windows 10 was released.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

40% of bottles that say ‘Italian olive oil’ are not actually Italian olive oil.

“Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” – Margo Channing (Bette Davis) in All About Eve, 1950

“It’s alive! It’s alive!” – Victor Frankenstein (Colin Clive) #moviequotes

The Democratic party got its donkey symbol because Andrew Jackson’s opponents called him a jackass. Which amused him to the point of making the donkey his party’s symbol.

When a crow dies, the other crows investigate if there’s a threat where the death occurred, so they can avoid it in the future.

US President #2 John Adams (1797-1801) died July 4, 1826, one of two original signers of the Declaration of Independence who were also President, 50 years to the day of it being written.

Snow White is the youngest Disney Princess, at only 14 years old.

Bananas are radioactive enough that a truckload of them can cause false alarms when checking for nuclear materials at US ports, but they are perfectly healthy for the human body.

The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter of the alphabet.

If s’mores were named after the fact that when you have one you want “some more”, that means the very first s’more ever eaten didn’t have a name.

“I know nothing!” – Sgt. Schultz (Hogan’s Heroes)

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