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July 20, 2012: Today in Weird History

JULY 20: The Weird and The Wonderful throughout history

July 20: Weird and curious happenings on this date throughout history.

WAR, CLOAK and DAGGER, DISASTER, JEWS, POLITICS, PROGRESS, PATENTS/INVENTIONS/NEW IDEAS, IN THE SKY, CORPORATE MEDIA STOOGES, BIG GOVERNMENT LEVIATHAN, HEARTLESS CORPORATIONS, FUN & GAMES, HEARTBREAK!, RELIGIOSITY/CULTS, CIVIL UNREST, CRIME, BANKSTERS, BORN, DIED

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Today is Friday, July 20, day 200 of 2012. there are 166 days left in the year.

WAR!

1861 Confederate state’s congress began holding sessions in Richmond, Va

1881 Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull, surrenders to federal troops

1917 WW I draft lottery held; #258 is first number drawn

1942 Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps began basic training at Fort Des Moines

CLOAK and DAGGER

1923 Francisco Villa ( Pancho Villa ) is assassinated in Parral, Chihuahua, in his car

1944 Von Stauffenberg fails on an attempt on Hitler’s life

1950 India requests that communist China be given permanent seat on UN Security Council

1951 Abdullah Ibn Hussein Jordan’s King assassinated in Jerusalem

1960 First submerged submarine to fire Polaris missile (George Washington)

1962 Pope John XXIII sent invitations to all ‘separated Christian churches and communities,’ asking each to send delegate-observers to the upcoming Vatican II Ecumenical Council (One World Church) in Rome

1969 Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin “land on moon”

1974 Turkey invades Cyprus

1982 Bombs planted by Irish Republican Army explode in 2 London parks; 8 dead

1990 IRA bombs London Stock Exchange

2006 Malta refuses to let ship carrying 51 African migrants dock

2007 President G.W. Bush signs executive order banning torture of terrorist suspects

DISASTERS

1923 a still in NYC explodes, sending its owning crashing through a window and down 3 stories

1977 Flash flood hits Johnstown, Pa, kills 80 & causing $350 million damage

JEWS

1949 Israel’s 19 month war of independence ends

POLITICS

1773 Scottish settlers arrive at Pictou, Nova Scotia (Canada)

1810 Colombia declared independence from Spain

1944 President FDR nominated for an unprecedented 4th term at Democratic convention

1960 Ceylon has chosen Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the wife of the murdered former prime minister Solomon Bandaranaike as the world’s first female prime minister. Ceylon changed its name in 1972 to Sri Lanka.

1988 Michael Dukakis selected Democratic presidential nominee

PROGRESS

1878 First telephone introduced in Hawaii

PATENTS/INVENTIONS/NEW IDEAS

1872 Mahlon Loomis receives patent for wireless

IN THE SKY

1930 106 F (41 C), Washington, DC (district record)

1934 118 F (48 C), Keokuk, Iowa (state record)

1960 USSR recovered 2 dogs; first living organisms to return from space

1965 46.18 cm (18.18″) of rainfall, Edgarton, Missouri (state 24-hr record)

1989 93 F, highest overnight low ever recorded in Phoenix Arizona

CORPORATE MEDIA STOOGES

1940 Singles record charts first published by Billboard-Tommy Dorsey #1

1950 “Arthur Murray Party” premiers on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC)

1964 First surfin’ record to go #1-Jan & Dean’s “Surf City”

1968 Iron Butterfly’s “In-a-gadda-da-vida” becomes the first heavy metal song to hit the charts, it comes in at #117

BIG GOVERNMENT LEVIATHAN

1868 First use of tax stamps on cigarettes

HEARTLESS CORPORATIONS

2008 Time Warner releases “The Dark Knight”

FUN & GAMES

1858 Fee first charged to see a baseball game (50 cents) (NY beats Brooklyn 22-18)

1876 First US intercollegiate track meet held, Saratoga, NY; Princeton wins

HEARTBREAK!

1970 First baby born on Alcatraz Island

RELIGIOSITY/CULTS

1910 The Christian Endeavor Society of Missouri began a campaign to ban all motion pictures that depicted kissing between non-relatives.

CIVIL UNREST

1894 2000 fed troops recalled from Chicago, having ended Pullman strike

1964 race riots in Harlem, NY

1967 race riots in Memphis Tenn

1995 Native Canadian Indians begin blockading roads, protesting government

BANKSTERS

1975 Oil hits $13/barrel

CRIME

1995 Police bust up deaf illegal Mexican immigrant scam ring in NYC

BORN

1785 Mahmud II Ottoman- sultan, Westernizer, reformer1919 Sir Edmund Hillary- one of 1st 2 men to scale Mt Everest1938 Natalie Wood [Natasha Gurdin]- San Francisco, (Gypsy, Rebel Without a Cause)1946 Kim Carnes- singer (Bette Davis Eyes)

DIED

1974 Allen Jenkins actor (Fugitive from a Chain Gang), dies at 74

compiled by Mondo Frazierimage: dbkp fileTODAY in WEIRD HISTORY librarySources:* July 20: Today in Weird History* Any Day in History, July 20th* What Happened on July 20th?

1344715030 14 July 20, 2012: Today in Weird HistoryMondo Frazier is the author of THE SECRET LIFE OF BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, recently released by Threshold Editions, a division of Simon & Schuster.

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