This Week in History: July 1-7, 2013


A Peek Into The Past

by Dianne Hermann


“The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”

– Winston Churchill           

Week of July 1-7, 2013


July 1

1966 – Medicare becomes available as a result of the Medicare Act being signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 31, 1965.

1997 – China regains sovereignty of Hong Kong from Great Britain after Great Britain’s 99-year lease expires.


July 2

1566 – Nostradamus (French astrologer/physician/prophet) dies.

1900 – Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin flies his first airship, the hydrogen gas filled LZ-1, from Germany over Lake Constance during an 18-minute, 3½-mile trek.

1937 – Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan disappear over the Pacific Ocean in their Lockheed 5B Vega in their attempt to fly around the world.


July 3

1839 – First “normal school” (teacher’s college) in the U.S. opens in Lexington,

Massachusetts with 3 female students enrolled, launching teaching as a profession.

1965 – Roy Rogers’ horse Trigger dies at age 33. Trigger’s first movie role was with Olivia de Havilland starring as Maid Marian riding him through the forest in the 1938 movie “The Adventures of Robin Hood.”


July 4

1802 – The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, opens.

1826 – John Adams & Thomas Jefferson (2nd & 3rd presidents) die within five hours of each other at ages 90 and 82 respectively.

1916 – Iva Toguri is born in California. She is better known as the World War II “Zero Hour” propagandist Tokyo Rose.

1939 – Baseball player Lou Gehrig makes his “luckiest man alive” speech. The Iron

Horse took himself out of the Yankee lineup for health reasons after playing 2,130 consecutive games. He was later diagnosed with ALS, a disease that now bears his name.

1976 – Israeli commandos successfully rescue the crew and passengers of Air

France flight 139 held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers. The only fatality among the commandos was commander Yonatan Netanyahu. His younger brother Benjamin Netanyahu is now Israel’s Prime Minister.


July 5 

1950 – “Law of Return” passes in the Knesset guaranteeing all Jews the right to live in Israel.

2002 – Ted Williams dies at age 84. The Hall of Famer is the last baseball player to bat over .400 in a single season (.406 in 1941 for the Boston Red Sox)


July 6

1535 – Sir Thomas More is executed for high treason in England’s Tower of London during the reign of King Henry VIII.

1885 – Louis Pasteur administers the first inoculation for rabies in a human being. The vaccine is administered to a 9-year-old boy who had been attacked by a rabid dog. The boy survived and avoided contracting rabies.

1971 – President Nixon forms the White House Plumbers unit to plug news leaks after the “Pentagon Papers” are released to The New York Times.


July 7

1986 – The Supreme Court rules the Gramm-Rudman deficit-reduction law (The

Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985) is unconstitutional on the grounds that the sequestration process gives Congress undue budgetary power.

1987 – Lt. Col. Oliver North begins testimony at Iran-Contra Congressional hearings.



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