Today is Wednesday, July 29th. It’s Lasagna Day, National Chicken Wing Day, International Tiger Day and National Lipstick Day
There are 40 days until Labor Day
Today is the day that…
— in 1890, artist Vincent van Gogh died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 37.
— in 1907, Sir Robert Baden-Powell forms the Boy Scouts in England
— in 1928, Test footage is first created for Walt Disney’s “Steamboat Willie” with Mickey Mouse
— in 1954, “Fellowship of the Ring,” the first volume of “Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien, is published in London
— in 1956, Jacques Cousteau’s Calypso anchors in a then-record depth of 7,500 meters of water
— in 1957, Jack Paar debuted as host of The Tonight Show
— in 1958, President Eisenhower signs into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act, creating NASA
— in 1966, Datebook magazine causes an uproar when they reprint some of John Lennon’s interview from four months earlier in the London Evening Standard where Lennon said, “We’re more popular than Jesus now.”
— in 1967, The Doors’ “Light My Fire” hits #1 for the first of three weeks in the US
— in 1968, Pope Paul VI, in an encyclical entitled “Humanae Vitae” (Of Human Life), declares any artificial forms of birth control prohibited
— in 1972, Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Alone Again (Naturally)” hits #1 for the first of six non-consecutive weeks in the US
— in 1973, Led Zeppelin has about $180,000 stolen from their safe at the Drake Hotel after a show at Madison Square Garden, an event chronicled in their concert documentary The Song Remains The Same.
— in 1974, “Mama” Cass Elliot of The Mamas & The Papas dies of a heart attack (not from choking on a ham sandwich) in London, England at the age of 32.
— in 1976, In New York City, the “Son of Sam” kills one person and seriously wounds another in the first of a series of attacks
— in 1978, The Grease soundtrack hits #1 in the US
— in 1981, 700 million TV viewers watched Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding
— in 1986, a jury in New York rules that the NFL violated antitrust laws, awarding the USFL a paltry sum of $1 in damages. The USFL suspends operations shortly afterward.
— in 1987, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream introduced “Cherry Garcia” in honor of Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia
— in 1990, unable to find a facility in Los Angeles, Elton John checks into Parkside Lutheran Hospital in Chicago for drug and alcohol rehab, as well as to treat his bulimia. He stays for six weeks.
— in 2006, Pamela Anderson married Kid Rock. They split after four months of marriage.
— in 2008, Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy received a 15-month prison sentence for betting on NBA games
— in 2010, Ellen DeGeneres announced she was leaving American Idol
— in 2011, Chuck Berry throws out the first pitch at a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game on the same day his statue is unveiled on Delmar Boulevard in the city.
— in 2015, Microsoft launches Windows 10
— also in 2015, The Eagles play their last concert with Glenn Frey in Bossier City, Louisiana. Frey dies six months later.
— in 2016, Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for U.S. President at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia – the first woman by a major U.S. party
— and in 2019, “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X breaks the record for most weeks at number one on the US singles chart at 17 weeks
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