Today is Friday, July 31st. It’s National Avocado Day, National Jump for Jelly Beans Day, Shredded Wheat Day, National Mutt Day, World Ranger Day, National Heatstroke Awareness Day, Talk In An Elevator Day and National Get Gnarly Day
There are 38 days until Labor Day
Today is the day that…
— in 1790, The first U.S. patent is granted, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process
— in 1893, Shredded Wheat cereal was invented
— in 1922, 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides the world’s first water skis on a lake in Minnesota
— in 1932, The George Washington quarter goes into circulation
— in 1964, a Rolling Stones concert in Ireland is halted after twelve minutes due to a riot
— in 1966, Alabamans burn Beatles products due to John Lennon’s “bigger than Jesus” remark
— in 1967, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and Keith Richards end a one-month jail sentence for drug possession
— in 1969, Elvis Presley makes his first live concert appearance in eight years at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, the first of 57 shows that help revive his career
— in 1971, Apollo 15 astronauts take a 6½ hour electric car ride on Moon
— also in 1971, James Taylor’s “You’ve Got A Friend” hits #1 in the US
— in 1972, Chicago White Sox infielder Dick Allen becomes only the 7th player in MLB history to hit 2 inside-the-park home runs in a game; both off Bert Blyleven in an 8-1 White Sox win over the Minnesota Twins
— in 1977, The “Son of Sam” killer claimed his last victims when he shot and killed Stacy Moskowitz, and seriously wounded her date as they sat in a parked car in Brooklyn. David Berkowitz was arrested less than two weeks later.
— also in 1977, The Starland Vocal Band Show, a variety series hosted by the group famous for the hit “Afternoon Delight,” debuts on CBS. It lasts just six episodes.
— in 1980, The Eagles split up after Glenn Frey and Don Felder get into an argument on stage
— also in 1980, The Mamas & The Papas founder and vocalist “Papa” John Phillips is arrested for possession of cocaine and running a phony prescription scam with a local pharmacy and eventually sentenced to eight years in prison
— in 1981, a mid-season strike by MLB players ends after 42 days causing cancellation of 713 games; players and owners come to an agreement on free agent compensation
— in 1984, at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Team USA’s men’s gymnastics team scores an emotional upset win over the world champion Chinese team in the combined event to take the gold medal
— in 1988, The last Playboy Club closes in Lansing, Michigan
— in 1991, President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow
— in 1995, Disney purchased ABC for $19 billion
— in 1997, The Oakland A’s trade Mark McGwire to the St. Louis Cardinals
— in 2006, Cuba’s Fidel Castro handed over power to his brother, Raul Castro, because he was ill
— in 2007, the Boston Celtics obtain former MVP and 10-time All-Star Kevin Garnett in a 7-for-1 deal with Minnesota Timberwolves; at the time, it’s the NBA’s biggest ever trade for one player
— in 2012, Michael Phelps broke the record set in 1964 by Larisa Latynina for the most number of medals won at the Olympics. It’s Phelps’ 19th career Olympic medal and 15th overall gold.
— in 2017, Anthony Scaramucci is removed as White House Communications Director after less than two weeks
— and in 2019, Woodstock 50, which at one point had Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Santana and John Fogerty on board, is officially cancelled because of legal and logistical problems. Santana and Fogerty celebrate the anniversary with shows at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, where the original Woodstock took place.
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