Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Today in History

Today marks the 40th anniversary of man's first successful space landing on the moon. As we celebrate not only this feat, but also how far astronautical exploration has come since 1969, we should also keep in mind other great things that happened on this day in history. Here is the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (In no particular order)...

1773 - Clement XIV issued the brief, 'Dominus ac redemptor noster,' officially dissolving the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). The Society was restored in 1814 by Pius VII.

1861 - First battle of the American Civil War (Battle of Bull Run) ends, the South is victorious giving rise to the Confederate Army.

1873 - Jesse James exercises his first train robbery.

1898 - Spain cedes Guam to the United States.

1899 - Ernest Hemingway is born.

1925 - The "Monkey Trial," as known as "The Trial of the Century," ends. John Scopes convicted of violating state law for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in the classroom. (Conviction later overturned).

1930 - The US Veterans Administration is established.

1938 - Janet Reno, first US attorney general, is born.

1949 - US Senate ratify the North Atlantic Treaty (NATO).

1954 - France surrenders Vietnam (North and South) to the Communists.

1960 - In Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) Sirima Bandaranaike becomes the world's first woman Prime Minister.

1972 - 57 murders occur within a 24-hour time span in New York City.

1978 - World's strongest dog, 80-kg St Bernard, pulls 2909-kg load 27 m.

2007 - "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the final volume of the wizard series by J.K. Rowling, goes on sale.

2009 - Mary Daly writes this post.

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