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From: "Dianna M. Fisher" <>
Subject: [BlackSheep-L] Today in Blacksheep History
Date: Thu, 01 Jul 1999 07:29:40 -0700

Today in Blacksheep History

July 1 - Canada Day

96 Vespasian, a Roman Army leader, is hailed as a Roman Emperor by the
Egyptian legions.

1517 1st burning of Protestants at stake in Netherlands

1535 Sir Thomas More goes on trial in England charged with treason

1543 England and Scotland sign the peace of Greenwich.

1596 An English fleet under the Earl of Essex, Lord Howard of Effingham and
Francis Vere capture and sack Cadiz, Spain.

1690 Led by Marshall Luxembourg, the French defeat the forces of the Grand
Alliance at Fleurus in the Netherlands.

1798 Napoleon Bonaparte takes Alexandria, Egypt.During the Napoleonic Wars
a British naval officer proposed the use of saturation bombing and chemical

1847 The U.S. Post Office issues its first stamps.

1862 Union artillery stops a Confederate attack at Malvern Hill, Virginia.

1862 Internal Revenue Law imposes 1st federal taxes on inheritance, tobacco
& on incomes over $600 (progressive rate)

1863 In the first day's fighting at Gettysburg, Federal forces retreat
through the town and dig in at Cemetery Ridge and Cemetery Hill.

1867 Canada, by the terms of the British North America Act, becomes an
independent dominion.

1874 1st US kidnapping for ransom, 4-year-old Charles Ross, $20,000

1876 Montenegro declares war on the Turks.

1898 Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders take San Juan Hill and El Caney,
Cuba, from the Spaniards.

1942 German troops capture Sevestpol, Crimea, in the Soviet Union.

1945 New York establishes the New York State Commission Against
Discrimination to prevent discrimination in employment because of race,
creed or natural origin; it is the first such agency in the United States.

1950 American ground troops arrive in South Korea to stem the tide of the
advancing North Korean army.

1961 British troops land in Kuwait to aid against Iraqi threats.

1963 The U.S. postmaster introduces the zip code.

1966 The U.S. Marines launch Operation Holt in an attempt to finish off a
Vietcong battalion in Thua Thien Province in Vietnam.

1969 Britain's Prince Charles was invested as the Prince of Wales.

1994 PLO chairman Yasser Arafat returned to Palestinian land after 27 years
in exile as he drove from Egypt into Gaza.

1997 Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule after 156 years as a British colony.

Born on July 1

1649 Gottfried Von Leibniz, German philosopher and mathematician

1882 Susan Glapell, playwright, author of Alisons House

1892 James M. Cain, author of The Postman Always Rings Twice and Mildred

1899 Reverend Thomas Dorsey, father of gospel music

1916 Roland Robert Tuck, London, British Spitfire ace during World War II
who shot down 29 enemy planes Tuck's hard-won flying skill and a remarkable
run of good fortune contributed to victory in the Battle of Britain.

1961 Diana, the princess of Wales, near Sandringham, England. (She died in
August 1997 in a car crash in Paris at age 36.)

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