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this day in Herstory
7/3/2011 - DB Metzger

Quebec is founded, George Washington takes control of the Continental army. The first US savings bank opens in NYC. The first commercial Linotype machine is first used by the the NY Tribune. In 1939 Lou Gehrig makes his "luckiest man in the World" speech. Jim Morrison dies and The Supreme Court reprimands radio station WBAI for airing George Carlin’s "dirty words" list. In birthdays Franz Kakfa and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

1608 City of Quebec founded by Samuel de Champlain

1754 George Washington surrenders to French, Ft Necessity (7 Years' War)

1775 Washington takes command of Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass. From the Library of Congress.

1819 1st savings bank in US (Bank of Savings in NYC) opens its doors

1861 Pony Express arrives in SF with overland letters from NY. Up to 250 miles in a 24 hour day. About 10 miles per hour.

1886 The first NY Tribune printing using the 1st commercial linotype machine, known as "Blower" from the instruction book

1915 The U.S. occupies Haiti where they remained until 1934. Good neighbor Policy or protect the Panama Canal from European powers at war. Here’s a short overview with links to a history course on Haiti. .

1939 Lou Gehrig day; Gehrig makes "luckiest man" speech. An estimated 5,000 are diagnosed with ALS each year.

1962 Algerian Revolution against French ends (Algeria gains independence on 7/5) http://www.tv.cbc.ca/newsinreview/mar98/algeria/themes.htm

1978 Supreme Court rules 5-4, FCC had a right to reprimand NY radio
station WBAI for broadcasting George Carlin's "Filthy Words" here’s the actual case law argument FCC v Pacifica Foundation.

1988 Missiles from the Vincennes brings down an Iranian airliner killing 290 passangers.. Theories abound. as to whether the Lockerbie bombing was retaliation by Iran. Or was it Libya? Where’s the CIA when you need it.

1965 Roy Rogers Horse Trigger dies at the age of 33. He was stuffed and put on display at the Double R Bar ranch in Apple Valley California.

1971 Jim Morrison lead singer of The Doors dies.

1989 Jim Backus actor and well known voice over animation

Did you know one of his teachers in grade school was Margaret Hamilton, later to be known as the wicked witch From The Wizard of OZ.

1993 Jurassic Park opens to record sales. Here’s a film data base if you follow gross ticket sales and films.

Notable Birthdays

1860 Charlotte Perkins Gilman – Feminist Novelist (herland)

1863 Franz Kafka the enigmatic writer.

1913 Dorothy Kilgallen , columnist, socialite (What's My Line?). Died somewhat mysteriously in 1965.

1927 Ken Russell English director (Crimes of Passion, Women in Love)

1937 Tom Stoppard playwright (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern-1968 Tony)

1945 Michael Cole, actor (Pete-Mod Squad)


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