CHICAGO, June 30, 2013 — A grand American holiday, a hanging, and odd objects in the sky. Here is this week’s run down of past and present highlights.
June 30, Meteor Watch Day
2013 - One year after Mohamed Morsi was elected President of Egypt after Hosni Mubarak was forced out by massive protests, massive protests are now planned against Morsi. The more things change….
1938 - It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman, appearing for the first time in Action Comics #1.
1882 - Charles Guiteau was hanged for assassinating President James Garfield. Guiteau had pled not guilty due to insanity (God made him do it), the fact that Garfield had died of infection and that it was the doctor’s fault (probably true), and that the President’s death in New Jersey was beyond the jurisdiction of the Washington, D.C. court (at this point, nobody cared.)
July 1, International Joke Day: “Knock, Knock!”
2013 - Opening day of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s International Conference on Nuclear Security: Enhancing Global Efforts. Let’s all wish them luck!
1997 - Mike Tyson was suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for biting a chunk out of Evander Holyfield’s ear during a fight. For the younger generation, Tyson is the guy in The Hangover movies, and Holyfield was famous, too.
1862 - The signing of the Internal Revenue Law that paved the way for the creation of the IRS, alcohol and tobacco excise taxes, and the sliding-scale income tax. We had a war to pay for.
July 2, I Forgot Day. (Except I didn’t forget. It’s right here.)
2013 - Rumored release date of Eminem’s 8th studio album. While the Rap world tried to build a rivalry between Eminem’s new release and Kanye’s, Kanye’s release was slightly overshadowed in the press when his famous wife went into labor a few weeks early. Baby North West knows how to fight for the spotlight.
1995 - Bill Gates was listed as the world’s richest man in Forbes magazine with an estimated worth of $12.9 billion. In 1999, Gates’ worth was about $77 billion, but how much difference does that extra $64 billion really make?
1947 - Something fell out of the sky and crashed outside of Roswell, N.M. Some believe it was an alien spacecraft; the government says it was an experimental weather balloon. Has anyone considered an experimental alien weather balloon?
July 3, Stay out of the Sun Day
2013 - If your town still waits until July 4 for the fireworks, check out Despicable Me 2 or Lone Ranger, both opening in movie theaters today.
1898 - The U.S. captured strategically positioned Wake Island, which wasn’t difficult since it was deserted.
1976 - Brian Wilson returned to performing with the Beach Boys following a 12-year break. Yes, we love you, Surfer Boy.
July 4, In addition to Independence Day, it’s also Sidewalk Egg Frying Day.
2013 - The 1,500 registered attendees to the Million Man March for the Second Amendment will “muster” at the National Cemetery with fully-loaded rifles on their backs to begin their march around Washington D.C. as crowds gathered for the Fourth of July festivities.
1776 - Oh, come on. You ought to know this one.
1826 - John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, whose legendary on-again, off-again relationship helped shape our country, settled things once and for all by dying within hours of each other on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
July 5, Work-A-Holics Day. (Why? They won’t take time to enjoy it.)
2013 - Red Bull Wake Open 2013 opens in Tampa, Fla., with 36 riders from seven countries competing.
2009 - Roger Federer, who lost in the second round this year, won his 15th Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon.
He went on to win two more slams, breaking the record. For men, anyway. Five women have more than 17, topped off by Margaret Court’s 24.
1914 - The Boston Braves started the second half of the baseball season in last place with a 26-40 record. They finished the season in first place by 10½ games and went on to sweep the World Series. See, Cubs fans, there’s always hope.
July 6, Take your Webmaster to Lunch Day
2013 - NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series heads to Daytona for the Coke Zero 400.
1983 - The Supreme Court ruled that retirement plans cannot pay women less. Really? It took the Supreme Court to set that straight?
1189 - Richard the Lionheart is crowned King of England. No historical evidence exists to prove he ever met Robin Hood, but none exists to prove he didn’t, either.
That’s what’s happening Here, There and Everywhere. Go make your day unique!
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