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Biotop 07-09-2016 11:53 PM

Today in History
 
Post an event in history that happened on the day/month of your post. Starting Day is July 10th, so until your calendar (or another poster's calendar) turns to July 11th, you can only post events of July 10th. Once a playing poster who is actually on July 11th (their time) posts for that next day, posts about July 10th are no longer allowed until next year. And so on through the year. In other words, once a legitimate new day post is made, the game is reset for that day. Therefore, if a new day posting has already occurred but it is still the previous day for you, you must wait until midnight or later for the new day your time to post to the game. Posts should have some historical value, but defining what that exactly means will be left to the players themselves. Simple right?

So:

July 10, 1890 : Wyoming becomes the 44th state

Biotop 07-10-2016 12:32 AM

July 10, 2005 : Hurricane Dennis makes landfall in Florida. At the time, Hurricane Dennis was the strongest pre-August Atlantic Hurricane on record. 15 people in the US were storm-related victims of Dennis. Dennis, along with Katrina, Rita, Stan, and Wilma all had their hurricane names retired in 2005, a record number for a single year.

JohnClay 07-10-2016 04:12 AM

July 10, 1985 - Playboy publishes full frontal nude pictures of Madonna

JohnClay 07-10-2016 04:14 AM

BTW this site is cool:
http://www.brainyhistory.com/days/july_10.html

panache45 07-10-2016 04:57 AM

July 10, 1040: Lady Godiva rides naked on horseback to force her husband, the Earl of Mercia, to lower taxes.

Biotop 07-10-2016 07:32 AM

July 10, 1900: RCA trademarked their iconic image of a dog listening to a phonograph record. The image comes from a painting of a real dog "Nipper."

jtur88 07-10-2016 10:38 AM

If I understand the rules correctly (but I doubt that I do), a poster in Vanuatu can kill the thread for the next 23 hours, by invalidating any posts from a day prior to what it is in Vanuatu at 1-am.

jtur88 07-10-2016 10:55 AM

July 10, 1938, St. Louis Browns catcher Bily Sullivan, pinch hitting for Tommy Heath, hit a 9th inning homer off Mel Harder of the Cleveland Indians, to bring the Browns to within one run, but Denny Galehouse relieved and saved he 8-7 victory.

septimus 07-10-2016 11:45 AM

Several famous noblemen died on 10 July. Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar ('El Cid') died 10 July 1099. The Duke of Buckingham, Earl of Shrewsbury and others were killed at the Battle of Northampton 10 July 1460. At least two English knights were executed on this date including Sir Francis Throckmorton for his role in the Throckmorton conspiracy to murder Queen Elizabeth the Virgin — he was executed on 10 July 1584 at Tyburn Tree (near present-day Marble Arch); but on the scaffold he revoked his second confession, calling God to witness that it was drawn from him by the hope of pardon.

(In 14 minutes it will be the 11th where I live, but I'll wait until someone else toggles the date before I post again.)

Biotop 07-10-2016 01:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jtur88 (Post 19466944)
If I understand the rules correctly (but I doubt that I do), a poster in Vanuatu can kill the thread for the next 23 hours, by invalidating any posts from a day prior to what it is in Vanuatu at 1-am.

Ok. I didn't consider the possibility of Vanuatuan treachery and the disadvantage to those easterly-challenged. Therefore, let's amend the rules. As long as it is still the day you post about in your real time , then it is OK to post for that day.

Sampiro 07-10-2016 01:57 PM

N/m

Biotop 07-10-2016 02:00 PM

July 10, 1926 : Actor Fred Gwynne is born in New York City.

Biotop 07-10-2016 11:05 PM

July 11, 1804 : Shortly after 7am, US Vice-President Aaron Burr mortally wounds Alexander Hamilton in their duel in Weehawken, New Jersey.

Spiderman 07-10-2016 11:21 PM

1936 The Triborough Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic.

Biotop 07-10-2016 11:34 PM

July 11, 1969 : David Bowie releases the single "Space Oddity."

panache45 07-11-2016 03:35 AM

July 11, 1735: It was on this day that Pluto moved from the ninth to the eighth most distant planet from the Sun for the last time before 1979.

septimus 07-11-2016 04:42 AM

11 July 1302 was the date of the Battle of Courtrai (Kortrijk) in which Flemish infantry defeated a much stronger French force. The French had 2500 mounted knights compared with just ten knights on the Flemish side, according to the Annals of Ghent, but the French knights were disorganized by streams, ditches and swamps and fell victim to disciplined Flemish pikemen. The Battle was an important turning-point in military theory, as cavalry had been thought vastly superior to infantry.

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And so, by the disposition of God who orders all things, the art of war, the flower of knighthood, with horses and chargers of the finest, fell before weavers, fullers and the common folk and foot soldiers of Flanders, albeit strong, manly, well armed, courageous and under expert leaders. The beauty and strength of that great French army was turned into a dung-pit, and the glory of the French made dung and worms.
The battle soon became known as the Battle of the Golden Spurs after the 500 pairs of spurs that were captured in the battle and offered at the nearby Church of Our Lady.

Prof. Pepperwinkle 07-11-2016 06:53 AM

July 11, 1767 - future president John Quincy Adams was born. He had a different sort of adolescence:

Quote:

Much of Adams' youth was spent accompanying his father overseas. John Adams served as an American envoy to France from 1778 until 1779 and to the Netherlands from 1780 until 1782, and the younger Adams accompanied his father on these diplomatic missions. Adams acquired an education at institutions such as Leiden University. He matriculated in Leiden January 10, 1781. For nearly three years, beginning at the age of 14, he accompanied Francis Dana as a secretary on a mission to Saint Petersburg, Russia, to obtain recognition of the new United States. He spent time in Finland, Sweden, and Denmark and, in 1804, published a travel report of Silesia.

Biotop 07-11-2016 07:54 AM

July 11, 1976 : Keuffel & Esser manufacture their last slide rule, which they then donate to the Smithsonian. Alas, the once popular K&E slide rule was rendered obsolete by the electronic calculator.

Biotop 07-11-2016 02:48 PM

July 11, 1955 : President Eisenhower signs a bill requiring that "In God We Trust" be on all US paper money.

snfaulkner 07-11-2016 07:05 PM

July 11, 2016: SNF brazenly flaunts the spirit of the game by posting this nonsense.

snfaulkner 07-11-2016 07:08 PM

To go WITH the spirit of the game:

July 11, 2007 – Lady Bird Johnson, American businesswoman, 43rd First Lady of the United States dies(b. 1912)

Biotop 07-11-2016 11:05 PM

July 12, 1979: The infamous Disco Demolition Night promotion was held in Chicago's Comisky Park during a double header between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. The resulting explosion, fan riot, flying records, gate-crashers and overall mayhem lead to the forfeit of the second game by the Chicago White Sox, as well as to commentator charges of racism, homophobia and the overall hastening of the end of the disco music scene in the US. No American League game has been forfeited since.

snfaulkner 07-12-2016 06:04 PM

July 12, 1776 – Captain James Cook begins his third voyage.

Biotop 07-12-2016 11:47 PM

July 13, 1977 : Lightning strikes lead to a 25-hour power outage for most of New York City. This outage occurred during an oppressive heat wave. Looting and vandalism were widespread, leading to over 4000 arrests.

ekedolphin 07-13-2016 03:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Biotop (Post 19473259)
July 13, 1977 : Lightning strikes lead to a 25-hour power outage for most of New York City. This outage occurred during an oppressive heat wave. Looting and vandalism were widespread, leading to over 4000 arrests.

"Practical joke by The Great Attractor. He thought it was funny as hell."

In play:

July 13, 1923: Official dedication of the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California. It originally read "Hollywoodland", but the last four letters were dropped after renovation in 1949.

Biotop 07-13-2016 11:19 AM

July 13, 1951: The Great Flood of 1951 peaked. On Friday the thirteenth, the Kansas river and others crested at 6 to 9 feet higher than ever before. The course of the Missouri River through the area was changed. Much property damage was experienced and at least 17 people died. At the time this was the greatest destruction by flood waters ever in the US Midwest.

panache45 07-13-2016 02:50 PM

July 13, 1966: Richard Speck tortured, raped and murdered eight student nurses in Chicago. I remember when this happened. It was horrifying, how he hunted them down, one by one.

That was 50 years ago, today.

snfaulkner 07-13-2016 05:00 PM

July 13, 1985 – Vice President George H. W. Bush becomes the Acting President for the day when President Ronald Reagan undergoes surgery to remove polyps from his colon.

Annie-Xmas 07-13-2016 05:21 PM

July 13, 1985 – The Live Aid benefit concert takes place in London and Philadelphia, as well as other venues such as Sydney and Moscow

Biotop 07-13-2016 11:10 PM

July 14, 1868: Alvin J. Fellows patents the tape measure.

Biotop 07-13-2016 11:36 PM

July 14th, 1865: The seven members of the Whymper party make the first successful ascent to the summit of the Matterhorn. Alas, the descent is not so successful as four of the seven fall to their deaths on the way down.

panache45 07-14-2016 07:10 AM

July 14, 2011: Neptune completes its first orbit of the sun since the planet was discovered in 1846 (in addition to the obvious, Bastille Day)

snfaulkner 07-14-2016 04:42 PM

July 14 1881 – Billy the Kid is shot and killed by Pat Garrett outside Fort Sumner.

JohnT 07-14-2016 04:48 PM

July 14 1789 - Nothing.

panache45 07-15-2016 09:29 AM

July 15, 1922: First duck-billed platypus publicly exhibited in the U.S., at the Bronx Zoo.

Biotop 07-15-2016 10:19 AM

July 15, 1976: The Chowchilla Bus Kidnapping. Hero bus driver Edward Ray and the kids all escape.

Biotop 07-16-2016 12:58 AM

July 16, 1945: the first detonation ever of an atomic bomb occurs in the desert of New Mexico. The test, codenamed "Trinity" was a success and the Nuclear Age thus was introduced to a wider audience.

panache45 07-16-2016 03:17 AM

July 16, 1945: First automatic parking meter in the U.S. installed, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Spiderman 07-16-2016 09:01 PM

2009 - In Chicago, Sears Tower was renamed Willis Tower.

(I've been to the top of both)

panache45 07-17-2016 03:21 AM

July 17, 1974: John Lennon is ordered to leave the U.S. in 60 days.

TonySinclair 07-17-2016 04:54 AM

7/17, ca. 2300 BCE: Noah's ark grounds in the mountains of Ararat.

Biotop 07-17-2016 08:53 AM

July 17, 1955: Disneyland opens.

Biotop 07-17-2016 11:18 PM

July 18, 1927: Ty Cobb gets his 4000th Major League hit.

panache45 07-18-2016 10:23 AM

July 18, 1925: Hitler publishes Mein Kampf.

snfaulkner 07-18-2016 06:48 PM

July 17 1984 – The dismembered body of Swedish prostitute Catrine da Costa is found in Stockholm, the findings later led to a trial that ended in a mistrial for two accused doctors.

Biotop 07-18-2016 07:02 PM

July 18, 1969: Chappaquiddick

snfaulkner 07-18-2016 07:03 PM

ooops, I just noticed I typed July 17. But 18th is the correct day for my event up there ^^

Biotop 07-19-2016 09:07 AM

July 19, 1799: Michel Ange Lancret reports the finding of the Rosetta Stone.

snfaulkner 07-19-2016 06:58 PM

July 19 1963 – Joe Walker flies a North American X-15 to a record altitude of 106,010 meters (347,800 feet) on X-15 Flight 90. Exceeding an altitude of 100 km, this flight qualifies as a human spaceflight under international convention.


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