Monthly Archives: July 2020

July 31, 768

On July 31, 768 the shortest tenure of any Pope or Pope hopeful actually happened. On July 31, 768 when Constantine II was forced off the papal seat, Philip, a monk at the monastery of St. Vito was quickly installed … Continue reading

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July 30

On July 30, 1956, the US Congress adopted “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States. Jehovah, Odin, Buddha, Zeus, The Giant Flying Spaghetti Monster, Cthulhu, and Cold Hard Cash all were at first happy and … Continue reading

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July 29, 1968

On July 29, 1968, Pope Paul VI reaffirmed that the Roman Catholic Church forbid its members to use artificial methods of birth control. He also reminded everyone that masturbation and the various forms of sodomy were still sins and could … Continue reading

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July 28, 1917

On July 28, 1917, James Weldon Johnson organized the “Silent Parade” in New York City to protest the murder, lynching, and physical violence against African-Americans in the United States. 10,000 African-Americans marched silently down 5th Avenue to protest the acts … Continue reading

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July 27, 1377

On July 27, 1377, the first example of a quarantine occurred in the city of Rugusa, which is now Dubroknik, Croatia. The city council passed a law that required newcomers from plague areas to isolate for 30 days, and then … Continue reading

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July 26, 1917

On July 26, 1917, the 22-year old J. Edgar Hoover was hired by the US Department of Justice, the forerunner of the FBI. It should be noted that Hoover did not sleep his way to the top position in the … Continue reading

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July 25, 1797

On July 25, 1797, British Admiral Horatio Nelson went ahead with his plan to attack and conquer the Spanish island of Tenerife. He was told by the Spanish that it would cost him an arm and a leg if he … Continue reading

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July 24, 1487

On July 24, 1487, the citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands proved to the world that they had their priorities right. Prior to July 24, the aldermen of Leeuwarden had banned the sale of any beer not brewed in Leeuwarden, which included … Continue reading

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July 23, 1764

On July 23, 1764 Bostonian lawyer and future patriot, James Otis Jr., published his views on taxation without representation. He was against it. When English King George III heard about it, he just harrumphed, and continued to tax the American … Continue reading

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July 22, 1898

On July 22, 1898, the crew of the RV Belgica saw its first sunrise in over 1,600 hours. They had become the first crew to successfully endure an Antarctica winter. The Belgica had been purchased by Adrien de Gerlache and … Continue reading

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