Historic World Events / July (page 10)

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A sensationalized murder trial inspires The Fugitive

A sensationalized murder trial inspires The Fugitive

Marilyn Sheppard is beaten to death inside her suburban home in Cleveland, Ohio. Her husband, Dr. Sam Sheppard, claimed to have fallen asleep in the family’s living room and awakened to find a man with bushy hair fleeing the scene. The authorities, who uncovered the fact that Dr. Sheppard had …

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Sargent and Hutchinson arrive at Horn’s Hook, New York

Sargent and Hutchinson arrive at Horn’s Hook, New York

Colonel Paul Dudley Sargent with the 16th Continental Regiment and Colonel Israel Hutchinson with his 27th Continental Regiment, both from Massachusetts, as well as several British ships, arrive at Horn’s Hook, New York, on this day in 1776. Horn’s Hook was first intended to house nine guns as a Patriot …

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Officer Wyatt Earp fatally wounds cowboy

Officer Wyatt Earp fatally wounds cowboy

Attempting to preserve the peace in Dodge City, Assistant Marshal Wyatt Earp trades shots with a band of drunken cowboys, fatally wounding one of them. Although he ended up on the wrong side of the law later in life, as a young man Wyatt Earp’s most consistent occupation was as …

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Wordsworth visits Tintern Abbey

Wordsworth visits Tintern Abbey

While on a walking tour, William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy visit a ruined church called Tintern Abbey. The ruins inspired Wordsworth’s poem “Tintern Abbey,” in which Wordsworth articulated some of the fundamental themes of Romantic poetry, including the restorative power of nature. The poem appeared in Lyrical Ballads, with …

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A spiteful son kills four in a fit of rage

A spiteful son kills four in a fit of rage

Rose Booher, her son Fred, and two hired workers are all shot to death on a secluded farm in Mannville, Alberta, Canada, while the rest of the Booher family is away. Although nothing appeared to be stolen from the house and few clues were found, authorities determined that a rifle …

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Durocher leaves Dodgers to manage Giants

Durocher leaves Dodgers to manage Giants

OnJuly 16,1948, Brooklyn Dodgers Manager Leo Durocher announces that he will be joining the New York Giants, the Dodgers’ archrival. The move was the swiftest and most stunning managerial change in baseball history. Leo “The Lip” Durocher was a brilliant shortstop and mediocre hitter for 17 major league seasons with …

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Alice Munro is born

Alice Munro is born

Canadian short story writer Alice Munro is born in Wingham, Ontario, on this day in 1931. Munro was raised on a fox and turkey farm. Her parents encouraged her to read, and she decided to become a writer during her childhood. She attended the University of Western Ontario but dropped …

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101st Airborne Division arrives in Vietnam

101st Airborne Division arrives in Vietnam

The first 4,000 paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division arrive in Vietnam, landing at Cam Ranh Bay. They made a demonstration jump immediately after arriving, observed by Gen. William Westmoreland and outgoing Ambassador (formerly General) Maxwell Taylor. Taylor and Westmoreland were both former commanders of the division, which was known …

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Stephen Hawking breaks British bestseller records

Stephen Hawking breaks British bestseller records

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking breaks British publishing records on this day in 1992. His book A Brief History of Time has been on the nonfiction bestseller list for three and a half years, selling more than 3 million copies in 22 languages. A Brief History of Time explained the latest …

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Pickett leads his infamous charge at Gettysburg

Pickett leads his infamous charge at Gettysburg

On this day in 1863, troops under Confederate General George Pickett begin a massive attack against the center of the Union lines on the climactic third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the largest engagement of the war. For the first two days of the battle, General Robert E. …

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