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The GeneaBloggersTRIBE leadership team compiled this calendar of ideas with the help of Chase’s Calendar of Events. As you look at the listings, think how they might relate to your genealogical research, stories of handed down the family tree, historical context for you ancestors, or your own memories.

Atomic Bomb tested – Anniversary
Jul 16 all-day

Atom Bomb testing July 16, 1945. In the New Mexican desert at Alamogordo Air Base, 125 miles southeast of Albuquerque, the experimental atomic bomb was set off at 5: 30 AM. Dubbed Fat Boy by its creator, the plutonium bomb vaporized the steel scaffolding holding it as the immense fireball rose 8,000 feet in a fraction of a second ultimately creating a mushroom cloud to a height of 41,000 feet. At ground zero the bomb emitted heat three times the temperature of the interior of the sun. All plant and animal life for a mile around ceased to exist. When informed by President Truman at Potsdam,Germany, of the successful experiment, Winston Churchill responded, “Its the Second Coming in wrath!”

Image: Public Domain, Wikipedia Commons

District of Columbia established – Anniversary
Jul 16 all-day

District of Columbia - Washington, D CJuly 16, 1790. George Washington signed legislation that selected the District of Columbia as the permanent capital of the US. Boundaries of the district were established in 1792. Plans called for the government to remain housed at Philadelphia, PA, until 1800, when the new national capital would be ready for occupancy.

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Ida B. Wells’ Birthday – Anniversary
Jul 16 all-day

July 16, 1862. African-American journalist and antilynching crusader Ida B. Wells was born the daughter of slaves at Holly Springs, MS,and grew up as Jim Crow and lynching were becoming prevalent. Wells arguedthat lynchings occurred not to defend white women but because of whites fear of economic competition from blacks. She traveled extensively, founding antilynching societies and black womens clubs. Wellss Red Record (1895)was one of the first published accounts of lynchings in the South. She died Mar 25, 1931, at Chicago, IL.

National Woodie Wagon Day
Jul 16 all-day

July 16. The woodie wagon, made famous in the 1940s and 50s, romanticized the American outing. From Route 66 to the surfer lifestyle, the woodie wagon was there. This national day will be celebrated in individual cities and towns across the US and will pay homage to this great American symbol of freedom and the casual lifestyle. Annually, the third Saturday in July.

Anne Hutchison Memorial Day
Jul 17 all-day

July 17. Anne Hutchinson Memorial, Founders Brook Park, Portsmouth, RI (weather permitting no rain day). An annual gathering to honorAnne Marbury Hutchinson (1591 1643), cofounder of Pocasset (Portsmouth), RI, in 1638. Wife, mother of 16, midwife, religious leader, she was a caretaker of and spiritual leader to women in Puritan Boston. Anne Hutchinson helped shape the tradition of free speech and religious tolerance thathas become so important to modern Americans. Annually, on a Sunday beforeor after Anne Hutchinsons baptismal anniversary, July 20, 1591.

Berenice Abbot’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jul 17 all-day

July 17, 1898. Berenice Abbott was born at Springfield, OH, and went on to become a pioneer of American photography. She is best remembered for her black-and-white photographs of New York City in the 1930s, many of which appeared in the book Changing New York. After publishing this collection, she began photographing scientific experiments that illustratedthe laws and processes of physics. She died at Monson, ME, Dec 11, 1991.

Czar Nicholas II and family executed – Anniversary
Jul 17 all-day

July 17, 1918. Russian czar Nicholas II; his wife, Alexandra; son and heir, Alexis; and daughters, Anastasia, Tatiana, Olga and Marie, were executed by firing squad on this date. The murder of the last of the 300-year-old Romanov dynasty occurred at Yekaterinburg, in the Ural Mountains of Siberia, where Nicholas had been imprisoned since his abdication in 1917. Local Soviet officials, concerned about advancing pro-monarchist forces, executed the royal family rather than have them serve as a rallying point for the White Russians. In 1992 two of nine skeletons dug up the previous summer from a pit at Yekaterinburg were identified as the remains of the czar and czarina.

Image: Wikipedia Commons, Public Domain

Disneyland Opens – Anniversary
Jul 17 all-day

On 17 July 1955 Disneyland – considered the first theme park inAmerica – opened in Anaheim, California.

Kansas City Hotel Disaster – 35th Anniversary
Jul 17 all-day

July 17, 1981. Anniversary of the collapse of aerial walkways at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Kansas City, MO. About 1,500 people were attending the popular weekly tea dance when, at about 7 PM, two concrete and steel skywalks that were suspended from the ceiling of the hotels atriumbroke loose and fell on guests in the crowded lobby, killing 114 people. In 1986 a state board revoked the licenses of two engineers convicted of gross negligence for their part in designing the hotel.

National Ice Cream Day
Jul 17 all-day

Celebrate ice cream, the frozen confection enjoyed by almost 90% of Americans on Sundae Sunday” which is always the third Sunday in July.”

Spanish Civil War Begins – Anniversary
Jul 17 all-day

July 17, 1936. General Francisco Franco led an uprising of army troops based in North Africa against the elected government of the Spanish Republic. Spain was quickly divided into a Nationalist and a Republican zone. Francos Nationalists drew support from Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. On Apr 1, 1939, the Nationalists won a complete victory when they entered Madrid. Franco ruled as dictator in Spain until his death in 1975.

Wrong Way Corrigan Day – Anniversary
Jul 17 all-day

July 17, 1938. Douglas Groce Corrigan, an unemployed airplanemechanic, left Brooklyn, NYs Floyd Bennett Field, ostensibly headed for Los Angeles, CA, in a 1929 Curtiss Robin monoplane. He landed 28 hours, 13 minutes later at Baldonnell Airport in Dublin, Ireland, after a 3,150-mile nonstop flight without radio or special navigation equipment and inviolation of American and Irish flight regulations. Born at Galveston, TX, Jan 22, 1907, Corrigan received a heros welcome home; he was nicknamed Wrong Way Corrigan because he claimed he accidentally followed the wrong end of his compass needle. Died at Santa Ana, CA, Dec 9, 1995.

First Perfect Score in Olympic History – 40th Anniversary
Jul 18 all-day

July 18, 1976. At the Montreal Olympics, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci scored the first 10 in Olympic history with her flawless performance of the compulsory exercise on the uneven bars. The scoreboard displayed a 1.00 because it couldnt go up to 10. Comaneci had seven total perfect scores and won five medals, including the gold for all-around performance. Four months previous to the Olympics, Comaneci had earned the first perfect score in international gymnastics competition history.

Mandela Day
Jul 18 all-day

Nelson Mandela First observed in 2009, this day is a celebration of Nelson Mandelas life and a global call to action for people to recognize their individual ability to make an imprint and change the world around them. The hope is to inspire people from every corner of the earth to embrace the valuesof Nelson Mandela as they seek to improve their lives through service to their communities. Annually, on Nelson Mandelas birthday, July 18.

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Buck Moon – Full Moon
Jul 19 all-day

July 19. So called by Native American tribes of New England andthe Great Lakes because at this time of year the new antlers of buck deer begin to appear. Also called Thunder Moon, for summer thunderstorms.

First Female Vice Presidential Candidate nominated – Anniversary
Jul 19 all-day

July 19, 1984. Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro was nominated to run with presidential candidate Walter Mondale on the Democratic ticket. They were defeated by the Republican ticket headed by Ronald Reagan.

Women’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls
Jul 19 all-day

July 19, 1848. A convention concerning the rights of women, called by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was held at Seneca Falls, NY, July 19 20, 1848. The issues discussed included voting, property rights and divorce. The convention drafted a Declaration of Sentiments that paraphrased the Declaration of Independence, addressing man instead of King George, and called for womens immediate admission to all the rights and privileges which belong to them as citizens of the United States. This convention was the beginning of an organized womens rights movement inthe US. The most controversial issue was Stantons demand for womens right to vote.

Locust Plague of 1874 – Anniversary
Jul 20 all-day

July 20 30, 1874. The Rocky Mountain locust, long a pest in the American Midwest, became an even bigger threat in the summer of 1874. Beginning in late July, the largest recorded swarm of this insect descended on the Great Plains. It is estimated that 124 billion insects formed a swarm 1,800 miles long and 110 miles wide that ranged from Canada and the Dakotas down to Texas. Contemporary accounts said that the locusts blocked out the sun and devastated farms in mere minutes. The swarms continued in smaller size for the next several years and caused an estimated $ 200 million in crop destruction.

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Man Landing on Moon – Anniversary
Jul 20 all-day

July 20, 1969. Anniversary of mans first landing on the moon. Two US astronauts (Neil Alden Armstrong and Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr) landed lunar module Eagle at 4: 17 PM, EDT, and remained on the lunar surface 21 hours, 36 minutes and 16 seconds. The landing was made from the Apollo XI’s orbiting command-and-service module, code-named Columbia, whose pilot, Michael Collins, remained aboard. Armstrong was first to set foot on the moon. Armstrong and Aldrin were outside the spacecraft, walking on the moon’s surface, approximately 2 hours. The astronauts returned to Earth July 24, bringing photographs and rock samples.

Image Credit: NASA

Riot Act of 1715 – Anniversary
Jul 20 all-day

Scroll To read the riot act now usually means telling children to be quiet or less boisterous, but in 18th-century England reading the riot act was a more serious matter. On July 20, 1715, the Riot Act took effect.

By law in England, if 12 or more persons were unlawfully assembled to the disturbance of the public peace, an authority was required with a loud voice to command silence and read the riot act proclamation: “Our sovereign lord the king chargeth and commandeth all persons, being assembled, immediately to disperse themselves, and peaceably to depart to their habitations, or to their lawful business, upon the pains contained in the act made in the first year of King George, for preventing tumults and riotous assemblies. God save the king. “Any persons who failed to obey within one hour were to be seized, apprehended and carried before a justice of the peace.

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Special Olympics founded – Anniversary
Jul 20 all-day

July 20, 1968. Official anniversary of the first ever International Special Olympics Competition, held at Soldier Field, Chicago, IL. Special Olympics is an international year-round program of sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities. More than 3.5 million athletes in more than 170 countries train and compete in 32 Olympic-style summer and winter sports. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with other athletes, their families and the community.

Image: Wikipedia Commons

Battle of Bull Run – Anniversary
Jul 21 all-day

July 21, 1861. Union general Irvin McDowell was defeated by Confederate troops led by General Joseph E. Johnston at the first Battle of Bull Run at Manassas, VA. It was the first major engagement of the Civil War. It was during this battle that Confederate general T.J. Jackson won the nickname Stonewall. In the second Battle of Bull Run, Aug 29 30, 1862, Union general John Pope was badly defeated by General Robert E. Lee.

Ernest Hemingway’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jul 21 all-day

Ernest HemingwayJuly 21, 1899. American author born at Oak Park, IL. Hemingway made his name with such works as The Sun Also Rises (1926), A Farewell to Arms (1929), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) and The Old Man and the Sea (1952). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1954 and wrote little thereafter. Hemingway shot himself July 2, 1961, at Ketchum, ID, after having been seriously ill for some time.

Photo: from Wikipedia Commons,Ernest Hemingway Writing at Campsite in Kenya – NARA – 192655.jpg

John Dillinger’s Death – Anniversary
Jul 22 all-day

July 22, 1934. Bank robber, murderer, prison escapee and thefirst person to receive the FBIs appellation Public Enemy Number 1 (July 1934). After nine years in prison (1924 33), Dillinger traveled throughthe Midwest, leaving a path of violent crimes. He was killed in Illinois by FBI agents led by Melvin Purvis as he left Chicagos Biograph movie theater (where he had watched Manhattan Melodrama, starring Clark Gable and Myrna Loy). He was born at Indianapolis, IN, June 28, 1902.

Pied Piper of Hamelin Anniversary
Jul 22 all-day

July 22, 1376. According to legend, the German town of Hamelin, plagued with rats, bargained with a piper who promised to, and did, pipe the rats out of town and into the Weser River. Refused payment for hiswork, the piper then piped the children out of town and into a hole in a hill, never to be seen again. More recent historians suggest that the event occurred in 1284 when young men of Hamelin left the city on colonizing adventures.

Image Credit: Pied Piper – illustration by Kate Greenaway – Project Gutenberg eText 18343, Public Domain


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