Today is Wednesday, July 1st. It’s National Gingersnap Day, International Reggae Day, National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day, International Joke Day, American Zoo Day, Canada Day, U.S. Postage Stamp Day, National Postal Workers Day, Early Bird Day, and Second Half of the Year Day

There are 3 days until the 4th of July
There are 68 days until Labor Day

Today is the day that…

— in 1776, The first vote on the Declaration of Independence for Britain’s North American colonies

— in 1836, President Andrew Jackson announces to Congress bequest by James Smithson of 100,000 gold sovereigns to found an institution in Washington, which would become “The Smithsonian”

— in 1867, Canada Day: The Dominion of Canada is formed, comprising the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, & Quebec, with John A. Macdonald serving as the first Prime Minister

— in 1904, The Summer Olympic Games open in St Louis, the first to be held in the United States

— in 1905, Albert Einstein introduces his theory of special relativity

— in 1952, actor, Saturday Night Live star and future Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd is born in Ottawa, Canada

— in 1956, The family-friendly Steve Allen Show doesn’t want Elvis Presley shaking his legendary pelvis, so he sings “Hound Dog” to a basset hound. Both Elvis and the pooch are dressed in formal wear.

— in 1961, Princess Diana was born Diana Spencer

— in 1963, ZIP Codes were introduced for United States mail

— in 1966, Medicare goes into effect

— in 1969, John Lennon receives 17 facial stitches, and Yoko Ono gets 14 of her own, after a car crash in Scotland

— in 1973, The Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar closes after 711 performances.

— in 1978, The Texxas Jam takes place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, with Aerosmith, Van Halen, Journey and Ted Nugent performing. 80,000 fans brave the 100-degree heat

— in 1979, Sony introduced the Walkman

— in 1980, “O Canada” was proclaimed the national anthem of Canada

— in 1982, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five release the early rap classic “The Message.” It’s the first hip-hop hit with lyrics about struggle in the inner city.

— in 1984, The PG-13 rating was introduced by the MPAA. “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” became the first PG-13 rated movie.

— in 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated federal appeals court judge Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court

— also in 1991, “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”premieres, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Edward Furlong

— in 1995, legendary disc jockey Wolfman Jack dies of a heart attack at the age of 57

— in 1997, Nevada Athletic Commission suspends Mike Tyson indefinitely & withholds $20 million purse for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear during their heavyweight title fight

— in 2000, actor Walter Matthau died

— in 2004, actor Marlon Brando died at age 80

— in 2005, Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court justice, announced her retirement

— in 2007, Prince William and Prince Harry threw a concert in memory of their mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, on what would have been her 46th birthday. Acts include friends of the Princess Duran Duran and Elton John as well as artists she enjoyed such as Nelly Furtado, Tom Jones and Kanye West.

— in 2008, Motley Crüe’s “Crüe Fest” kicks off in West Palm Beach, Florida. The tour also features Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx:A.M., and Trapt; it earns about $40 million.

— in 2009, Thanks to a surge in sales following his death on June 25, Michael Jackson holds the top nine positions on Billboard’s Top Pop Catalog Albums chart

— and in 2018, NBA superstar LeBron James agrees to a 4-year, $154 million dollar deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, moving on from the Cleveland Cavaliers for a second time

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