Monthly Archives: July 2019

July 16, 1935

On July 16, 1935, the first parking meters were installed in the Oklahoma City business district. Patent-holder of the parking meters and member of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce traffic committee, Carl C. Magee, used the parking meters to … Continue reading

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July 15, 1834

On July 15, 1834, after 356 years, the Spanish Inquisition was officially disbanded. This was totally unexpected.

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July 14, 1868

On July 14, 1868, Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut, patented the spring-click tape measure. This is the one that with a push of a button will return the measuring length back into a circular case. It was recommended … Continue reading

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July 13, 1871

On July 13, 1871, Harrison Weir organized the first championship cat show, also known as a Cat Fancy. The show was held at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham, London, England. The cats were judged on several criteria, including overall catness and … Continue reading

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July 12, 1870

On July 12, 1870, William W. Lyman of Meriden, Connecticut patented the first rotating wheel can-opener. At his death on November 15, 1891, Fluffy, his large calico cat gave the eulogy. Fluffy explained how Provider of the Moist Food, which … Continue reading

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July 11, 2011

On July 11, 2011, the planet Neptune completed its first orbit around the sun since it was discovered by Johann Gottfried Galle on September 23, 1846. It only took Neptune 165 years or 60,182 Earth days to complete a Neptunian … Continue reading

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July 10, 1913

On July 10, 1913, the temperature in Death Valley, California hit 134 °F, the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth. The Devil and his entourage immediately bought time-shares and now spend their Christmas break there every year.

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July 9, 2018

On July 9, 2018, researcher, Dr. Nur Gueneli, discovered that bright pink might be the world’s oldest biological pigment. The ancient pink pigments were discovered in 1.1-billion-year-old marine shale rocks found deep beneath the Sahara Desert in the Taoudeni Basin … Continue reading

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July 8, 1982

On July 8, 1982, the most perfect carbonated beverage was introduced to the world. The Coca-Cola Company unveiled Diet Coke to a thirsty global population. Diet Coke may not cure scurvy, prevent memory loss, make your troglodyte boyfriend funnier or … Continue reading

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July 7, 1456

On July 7, 1456, Joan of Arc’s heresy verdict was thrown out 25 years after her death. It turns out that just because she was a woman who was able to beat the English in military combat, it did not … Continue reading

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