I’m trying to bring this series back this month. For each week of the month of July I’m going to make a post about historical happenings that week. Each day has five items, with links to more information.
1837 – England and Wales implemented a system to record all births, deaths, and marriages.
1890 – Telegraph cable made near-instant communication between Canada and Bermuda possible.
1942 – First battle of El Alamein (World War II).
1960 – Somalia became a free, independent nation.
437 – Valentian III became full emperor of the Western Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire).
1679 – Daniel Greysolon de Du Luth led the first European expedition into what is now Minnesota.
1881 – Charles J. Guiteau shot President James Garfield, who died of his wounds 17 days later.
1890 – Congress passed the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.
1976 – North Vietnamese officials declared the creation of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, uniting north and south Vietnam, and obliterating the Republic of Vietnam.
1035 – William the Bastard became the Duke of Normandy.
1767- Adresseavisen wasfounded. It is the oldest newspaper in Norway that is still published in 2014.
1775 – George Washington took control of the Continental Army.
1848 – Peter von Scholten officially freed all slaves in the Danish West Indies. This represented a successful year-long plot by enslaved people to abolish slavery in the Danish West Indies.
1776 – The Second Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence.
1862 – Lewis Carroll began telling Alice Liddell the story that later became Alice in Wonderland.
1879 – British troops captured, and then burned the Zululand capital Ulundi, which ended the Anglo-Zulu war, and forced the Zulu king Cetshwayo to flee.
1884 – Germany made Cameroon a colony.
1950 – The Knesset of Israel passed the Law of Return which allowed all Jews in the world to emigrate to Israel.
1954 – The BBC broadcast their first ever news bulletin on television.
1962 – Algeria gained independence from France and became its own nation.
1971 – The United States voting age became 18 rather than 21 with the passage of the twenty-sixth amendment.
Tune in again on July 6 for another installment of July’s history.