Week of July 21: Same-sex marriage in Colombia, electric cars debut

Plus: Is LeBron James following in Dennis Rodman’s footsteps?

Photo: LeBron James to visit Philippines. (AP photo)

CHICAGO, July 21, 2013 —  From live trial broadcasts to electric vehicles, it’s a week full of historical innovation.

Sunday, July 21  National Tug-of-War Day

2013- The Mayans and their calendar couldn’t get the job done, so the planet-like Nibiru is going to collide with Earth and wipe out humanity. Or not. 

USS Constitution (AP photo)

1997-The USS Constitution celebrated her 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years. “Old Ironsides” is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat.

1925- Preceding the days of O.J. Simpson and George Zimmerman, The Scopes Monkey Trial was the first trial broadcast live in America. There is no record of riots following the radio station’s broadcast of the verdict. We were too evolved for that back then.

Monday, July 22  Ratcatcher’s Day

2013- Opening day of the National School Safety Conference in Las Vegas. Sessions include Mental Health and School Violence and Technology and School Safety.

1934- In a shootout outside of Chicago’s Biograph Theater, the Feds took out Public Enemy No. 1, John Dillinger, much to the chagrin of Public enemy No. 2. The Lady in Red actually wore orange.

1982- Rev Sun Myung Moon wed 2,000 couples in New York City. 

Tuesday, July 23  National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

2013- Miami Heat’s LeBron James visits Manila as part of Nike Philippines’ Leave a Message campaign to inspire young athletes. Is that what Dennis Rodman was doing in North Korea?

1966- Napoleon XIV released “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha! Ha!” which many consider to be the Congressional theme song. (See video below)

1764- James Otis published “The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved,” claiming “taxation without representation is tyranny.” Oh, those Leftist Radicals.

Wednesday, July 24  Amelia Earhart Day

2013- The first same-sex marriage occurs in Bogota, Colombia.

1938- Good Morning! Instant coffee becomes a hit thanks to Nescafe.

1915- While casting off from its moorings for a corporate excursion, the steamship Eastland slowly settled over on its side. In one of America’s worst non-military maritime disasters, 844 people, including 21 complete families, lost their lives in 20 feet of water just feet away from the wharf in the Chicago River. The Eastland had been required to make changes following the Titanic disaster. Ironically, the lives were lost due to the addition of extra lifeboats which made the ship unstable.

Rescue of Eastland Survivors (Wikimedia Commons)

Thursday, July 25  Threading the Needle Day

2013- The Undie Dash will have runners hitting Chicago’s lakefront in their underwear for charity. That’s their excuse, anyway.

1965- Rather than ushering in the folk-rock era, Bob Dylan’s use of an electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival rankled his folk-activist fans. Eventually Dylan was booed off the stage so often that he stopped performing for eight years.

1946- An interesting month for all things Bikini. On July 25, Bikini Atoll was the site of the first underwater nuclear bomb test. Undoubtedly there had been some underwater turbulence in Paris on July 5 when the bikini swimsuit was unveiled.

Friday, July 26  All or Nothing Day  

2013- Breaking  Bad” exhibit chronicling Walter White’s visual transformation from chemistry teacher to drug lord opens at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, N.Y. No, there will not be pharmaceutical demos.

1990- President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act.

1979- Currently drought-stricken Alvin, Texas, was deluged with 43 inches of rain, thanks to Tropical Storm Claudette, setting a national record. When it rains, it pours.

Saturday, July 27  Take Your Pants for a Walk Day

2013- Citizens of Kuwait filed three legal challenges to today’s parliamentary election, but the court claimed it had no jurisdiction over the issues, so the elections will take place today. While Kuwait is a monarchy, its people are given a voice through its parliament.

1990- Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor began a three-day jail sentence for slapping a police officer. Too bad she couldn’t get Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer.

1888- The first American-made electric automobile was demonstrated by Philip Pratt. It only took about 125 years to catch on.

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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