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July 7th History, Trivia and Fun Facts

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July 7th History Highlights

  • 1863 - The US had it's first milirtary draft. You could be exempted for $300.
  • 1907 - Florenz Zeigfeld held his first 'Follies" on a NYC rooftop.
  • 1928 - The Chillicothe Baking Company began selling sliced bread.
  • 1930 - Construction of the Boulder (now Hoover) Dam began.
  • 1954 - WHBQ in Memphis, TN debuted Elvis Presely's first single, That's All Right.
  • 1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor became the first female member of the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 177 days remain until the end of the year.

Traditional July 7th Information

July 7th is...

Chocolate Day
Father-Daughter Take a Walk Together Day
Global Forgiveness Day
National Dive Bar Day
National Macaroni Day
National Strawberry Sundae Day
Tell the Truth Day

July 7th Quotes

"Let's make my birthday, July the 7th at noon, Peace and Love Day. Everybody go, 'Peace and love.' In the office, on the bus, wherever. It's still peace and love for me, I'm a product of the 60s and it was a very influential period in my life, and you know, my head was turned around a bit, my eyes were opened as it were. In fact, I even have it on my arm, 'Peace and love'. I see nothing wrong with peace and love."
- Ringo Starr

"The Pearly Gates. Am I the only one who finds it odd that Heaven has gates? What kind of neighborhood is Heaven in?"
- Jim Gaffigan

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?"
- Satchel Paige

"If you fight back and get hit, it hurts a little while; if you dont fight back it hurts forever."
- Joel Siegel

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
- Robert A. Heinlein

"Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching."
- Satchel Paige

"Whenever you correct someone's grammar just remember that nobody likes you."
- Jim Gaffigan

July 7th Birthdays

1616 - John Leverett, Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony (died in 1679)
1880 - Otto Frederick Rohwedder, American engineer, invented sliced bread (died in 1960)
1891 - Virginia Rappe, American model and actress (died in 1921)
1904 - Simone Beck, French chef and author (died in 1991)
1906 - Satchel Paige, American baseball player and coach (died in 1982)
1907 - Robert A. Heinlein, American science fiction writer (died in 1988)
1919 - Jon Pertwee, English actor (died in 1996)
1924 - Mary Ford, American singer and guitarist (died in 1977)
1927 - Doc Severinsen, American trumpet player and conductor
1940 - Ringo Starr, English singer-songwriter, Beatles' drummer, and actor
1943 - Joel Siegel, American journalist and critic (died in 2007)
1949 - Shelley Duvall, American actress
1963 - Vonda Shepard, American singer-songwriter and actress
1965 - Mo Collins, American comedic actress
1966 - Jim Gaffigan, American comedian
1988 - Kaci Brown, American singer-songwriter
1991 - Alesso, Swedish DJ

July 7th History

1456 - A retrial verdict acquitted Joan of Arc of heresy, authorized by Pope Callixtus III, 25 years after her death.

1520 - Spanish conquistadores defeated a larger Aztec army at the Battle of Otumba.

1898 - US President William McKinley signed the Newlands Resolution annexing Hawaii as a territory of the United States.

1907 - Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. staged his first Ziegfeld Follies on the roof of the New York Theater in New York City.

1928 - Sliced bread was sold for the first time, by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri.

1930 - The construction of the Hoover Dam began. It was completed/dedicated on September 30, 1935

1946 - Mother Francesca S. Cabrini becomes the first American to be canonized by the Catholic Church.

1946 - Howard Hughes crashed his XF-11 reconnaissance aircraft prototype in a Beverly Hills neighborhood.

1947 - The Roswell Incident, a reported crash of an alien spaceship near Roswell in New Mexico.

1954 - Elvis Presley made his radio debut when WHBQ Memphis played his recording for Sun Records, That's All Right.

1962 - #1 Hit July 7, 1962 - July 13, 1962: David Rose - The Stripper

1973 - #1 Hit July 7, 1973 - July 20, 1973: Billy Preston - Will It Go Round in Circles

1981 - US President Ronald Reagan (R) appointed Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female member of the Supreme Court of the United States.

1984 - #1 Hit July 7, 1984 - August 10, 1984: Prince - When Doves Cry

2001 - #1 Hit July 7, 2001 - August 3, 2001: Usher - U Remind Me

2005 - A series of four explosions occurred on London's transportation system killing 56 people including four suicide bombers and injuring over 700 others.

2007 - The first Live Earth benefit concert was held in 11 locations around the world.

2006 - Psych premiered on USA

2009 - Warehouse 13 premiered on Syfy

Today's Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

"The best way to predict your future is to create it" - Abraham Lincoln

The tallest building in Wyoming is White Hall, a college freshman dormitory that stands 12 stories tall.

The Capital of Nepal is Kathmandu.

William Durant, the founder of General Motors, went bankrupt during the great depression and spent his last years managing a bowling alley.

Nutella was invented during WWII, when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his chocolate ration.

When paying for a taxi, don't look at your wallet as you take out a bill - just grab one at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare. #thingsIlearnedatthemovies

Dragons don't breathe fire, they blow it. #science

As of 1982, a nickel (5 grams) weighs exactly twice as much as a penny (2.5 grams).

"I am big! It's the pictures that got small." - Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) in Sunset Boulevard, 1950

A group of Hornets is called a Nest or Bike.

The '@' sign is called 'crazy A' in Bosnian, 'snail' in Italian, 'worm' in Hungarian, 'monkey tail' in Dutch and 'cinnamon roll' in Swedish.

No word in the English language rhymes with toilet.


A group of biological Cells working together are a Tissue.

I bet selfies wouldn't haven taken off if we had have just named them lonelies right off the bat.

Rudolph Valentino - Real Name: Rudolpho D'Antonguolia

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