CHICAGO, July 6, 2013 — Your weekly roundup brings an anniversary for the Marines, a fairytale Senate vote and a shout-out to Ol’ Blue Eyes.
July 7 Chocolate Day and National Strawberry Sundae Day. Good combination.
2013 - Soccer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup opens with Canada vs. Martinique and Mexico vs. Panama at the Rose Bowl.
2012 - Serena Williams beat Agnieszka Radwanska to become Wimbledon Champion. What a difference a year makes.
1898 - U.S. annexed Hawaii, 1846 - U.S. annexed California, 1958 - Alaska Statehood Act signed, but we’re not into empire-building. Anymore.
July 8 Video Games Day
2013 - Texas Governor and former Presidential candidate Rick Perry will make an announcement regarding his “exciting future plans!”
1981 - Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner was confirmed by a Senate vote of 99-0. Once upon a time, long ago and far away, the Senate voted 99-0.
1835- The Liberty Bell cracked. Again. We stopped trying to fix the bell; we’re still working on fixing liberty.
July 9 National Sugar Cookie Day
2013 - The appearance of the new moon signals the start of Ramadan, a month-long holiday of prayer, charitable acts, introspection and fasting.
1815 - Captain James Wilson became the first person to drill for natural gas in the U.S. when he accidentally struck the gas while drilling for salt. Oops.
1795 - James Swan paid off the U.S. national debt. ($2,024,899 to France). These days, not even Bill Gates could pull that off. But maybe that’s ok. After assuming the debt, Swan resold it on the U.S. markets at a profit and eventually spent 22 years in debtors’ prison in, of all places, France.
July 10 Teddy Bear Picnic Day Who remembers the song?
2013 - Opening day of the Autism Society National Conference and Exposition in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference seeks “to empower family members, individuals on the spectrum and professionals to make informed decisions” by addressing issues such as education, employment, and biomedical interventions.
2012 - The American Episcopal Church became the largest denomination to approve a rite for blessing gay marriages. The church also undertook a three-year study on “how the blessing of lifelong, committed same-sex relationships relates to Christian theology and scripture.”
1040 - According to legend, Leofric, Earl of Mercia, got tired of his wife pestering him to lower taxes and told her he would do so when she rode through town naked on a horse. His wife Lady Godiva then held him to it. If only it was that easy to get today’s politicians to consider the good of the people.
July 11 World Population Day: 7 billion and counting
2013 - Opening day of the National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) Annual Education Law Symposium. The symposium provides presentations on “the law as it applies to Catholic education and ministry.” There’s a lot of ground they need to cover there.
1977 - Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Better late than never.
1798 - President John Adams signed “An Act for Establishing and Organizing a Marine Corps,” establishing the Marines as an independent branch of the U.S. military.
July 12 Different Colored Eyes Day
2013- Movie night! Opening night for “Pacific Rim” and “Grown Ups 2.” One is about using giant robots to battle monsters from the sea, and the other is about old friends getting together for the Fourth of July. Guess which one is the comedy?
1843- Joseph Smith, leader of the Mormon church, declared that God approves of polygamy. Many people are still scratching their heads as to why anyone would want more than one spouse even with God’s approval.
1630 - Gull Island was purchased from the Native Americans by the governor of New Amsterdam. It was renamed Oyster Island and eventually Ellis Island. The island was purchased by early immigrants and became a gateway for millions more.
July 13 Embrace Your Geekness Day
2013 - If you can’t afford the airfare to catch The Rolling Stones in London’s Hyde Park, hop on over to Chicago and catch One Direction. Wait. Those two probably aren’t interchangeable, are they?
1939 - The Harry James Band released “From the Bottom of My Heart,” featuring the debut recording of their newly-signed singer, Frank Sinatra. Women were already swooning.
1930 - Soccer’s first FIFA World Cup began in Uruguay. The host country went on to defeat Argentina in the final.
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