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?


**July 10, 1890 **: Wyoming becomes the 44th state

**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.

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

BTW this site is cool:

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

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.”

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.

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.

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.)

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.


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

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

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

**July 11, 1969 **: David Bowie releases the single “Space Oddity.”

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.

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.

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.

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

**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.

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