Week of July 14: Comic-Con and Twinkies

Plus: Women in combat bring potential change to Selective Service. Photo: Twinkies return this week. (Photo: Associated Press)

CHICAGO, July 13, 2013 — Twinkies reappear and telegrams disappear this week.

July 14  Pandemonium Day and National Nude Day Which one do you suppose came first?

2013- 144 years after Samuel Morse sent the first telegram, the world’s last telegram will be sent today in India.

1969- The $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills are officially removed from circulation. Today, only 1% of the population notices they are gone.

1964- Jacques Anquetil, whose admitted doping and scandalous love life made his character as colorful as his yellow jersey, won his 5th Tour de France.

July 15  Cow Appreciation Day

2013- Twinkies are back on store shelves.

1987- John Poindexter testified before the Iran-Contra investigative committee that he never told President Reagan that funds from Iranian arms sales were diverted to the Nicaraguan Contras.

1932- With the country struggling through economic difficulties, President Hoover approved a unanimous request from his Cabinet to cut their salaries 15%, from $15,000 to $12,750. Hoover cut his own salary 20% from $75,000 to $60,000.

July 16  Corn Fritter Day  

2013- Opening day of the Fairy House Display at the National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. How cool is it that we have a National Museum of Play?

2007- Four years before the Fukushima nuclear power plant was damaged by an earthquake, a quake off the coast of Japan damaged the world’s largest nuclear power plant, which leaked radioactive water into the sea. Following both quakes, the Tokyo Electric Power Company stated that contaminated water leaking into the sea had no significant environmental impact. TEPCO should be better at handling both the leaks and their PR by now.

1909- The Detroit Tigers’ Ed Summers pitched 18 scoreless innings against the Washington Senators. The game was still tied 0-0 when called due to darkness. Summers’ career ended after five seasons due to rheumatoid arthritis. Go figure.

July 17  Yellow Pig Day

2013- Bartenders and imbibers from around the world gather in New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail, a five-day celebration of the history and ingenuity cocktail couture.

1967- The Monkees’ opening act flipped off the audience, threw down his guitar and walked out on his contract. Jimi Hendrix had had enough teenbop.


Comic Con starts this week AP photo

The Giants’ Red Murray ended a 21-inning battle against the Pittsburgh Pirates by catching a fly ball for the final out and hanging on to it as he was knocked unconscious by lightening. Baseball just isn’t this exciting anymore.

July 18 Caviar Day

2013- Opening day of Comic-Con International in San Diego. May the force be with them.

1980- The Selective Service Act was voided by Federal court because it did not include women. The Supreme Court later ruled the act was valid because its purpose was to fill combat positions from which women were excluded. The first lawsuit against the U.S. Selective Service System was filed less than three months after the Pentagon changed its mind about women in combat.

1870- The First Vatican Council declared Papal Infallibility. The church seemed to un-declare the dogma recently when they corrected Pope Francis on the issue of atheists gaining entrance to heaven. It was nice while it lasted. 

July 19  Raspberry Cake Day

2013- North and South Korea will meet to discuss reuniting families separated by the 1950-1953 Korean War.

1965- Lucille Ball convinced NBC to consider a second pilot for a science fiction television series they had rejected. Star Trek fans worldwide will be forever grateful that Lucy convinced NBC to go “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”

1799- The discovery of The Rosetta Stone created an understanding between Ancient Egyptian and Greek languages. The stone that will allow for understanding between male and female languages has yet to be discovered.

July 20  Ugly Truck Day

The original Moon Walk AP photo

2013- Deadline for U.S. college students to apply for the Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternships. Internships are available with the Department of State, Department of the Interior and the Smithsonian Institution among others.

1995- Regents of the University of California voted to end all Affirmative Action in the UC system. Take that, Supreme Court.

1969- Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong take “…one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” If you believe in that sort of thing.

That’s what’s happening Here, There and Everywhere. Go make your day unique!

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In addition to her work at The Communities, Julia Goralka is a free-lance novel editor and has served as a volunteer board member or committee member for several local charitable organizations. Prior to writing and editing, Julia was the Division Coordinator for the interest rate derivatives marketing desk at a large financial institution based in Chicago.

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