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From: "Dianna M. Fisher" <>
Subject: [BlackSheep-L] Today in Blacksheep History
Date: Thu, 08 Jul 1999 06:53:20 -0700
Today in Blacksheep History
1099 Christian soldiers on the First Crusade march around Jerusalem as
Muslims watch from within the city. Taking Jerusalem.
1608 The first French settlement at Quebec is established by Samuel de
1663 The British crown grants Rhode Island a charter guaranteeing freedom
1686 The Austrians take Buda, Hungary, from the Turks and annex the country.
1709 Peter the Great defeats Charles XII at Poltava, in the Ukraine,
effectively ending the Swedish empire.
1755 Britain breaks off diplomatic relations with France as their disputes
in the New World intensify.
1758 The British attack on Fort Carillon at Ticonderoga, New York, is
foiled by the French.
1776 Colonel John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of
Independence, to a crowd at Independence Square in Philadelphia.
1794 French troops capture Brussels, Belgium.
1815 With Napoleon defeated, Louis XVIII returns to Paris.
1859 With the signing of the truce at Villafranca Austria cedes Lombardy to
France. France also received Nice and Savoy.
1853 An expedition led by Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Yedo Bay,
Japan, on a mission to seek diplomatic and trade relations with the Japanese.
1863 Discouraged by the surrender of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Confederates
in Port Hudson, Louisiana, surrender to Union forces.
1864 Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston retreats into Atlanta to
prevent being flanked by Union General William T. Sherman.
1879 The first ship to use electric lights departs from San Francisco,
1889 "The Wall Street Journal" was first published.
1891 Warren G. Harding married Florence K. DeWolfe in Marion, Ohio.
1905 The mutinous crew of the battleship Potemkin surrender to Rumanian
1907 Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first "Follies," on the roof of the New
1919 President Wilson received a tumultuous welcome in New York City after
his return from the Versailles Peace Conference in France.
1941 Twenty B-17s fly in their first mission with the Royal Air Force over
1943 American B-24 bombers strike Japanese-held Wake Island for the first
1949 Vietta M. Bates becomes the first enlisted woman sworn into the U.S.
Army when legislation is passed making the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps
part of the regular Army.
1950 President Harry Truman names General Douglas MacArthur to head the
United Nations Command in Korea.
1960 The Soviet Union charges Francis Gary Powers, whose U-2 spy plane was
shot down over the country, with espionage.
1975 President Ford announced he would seek the Republican nomination for
the presidency in 1976. (interesting fact, Ford is the only Vice-President
and President who was never elected to office).
1994 Kim Il Sung, North Korea's communist leader since 1948, died at age 82.
1998 A federal bankruptcy judge tentatively approved a settlement under
which an estimated 170,000 women who said silicone breast implants had made
them sick would get $3.2 billion from Dow Corning Corporation.
Born on July 8
1621 Jean La Fontaine, poet and author of Fables
1838 Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, designer and manufacturer of airships
1839 John D. Rockefeller, financier, philanthropist, founder of Standard Oil
1907 George W. Romney, candidate for the Republican presidential nomination
until he admitted that he had been "brainwashed" by the military on the
1908 Nelson Rockefeller, U.S. vice president to Gerald Ford
1943 Faye Wattleton, women's rights advocate
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