What Happened on July 1

Historical Events

  • 1689 Matsuo Basho, zen poet, leaves for 150 days journey on Honshu, Japan
  • 1858 The joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society
  • 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Lee's northward advance halted

Jul 1 in Film & TV

  • 1941 Bulova Watch Co pays $9 for 1st ever network TV commercial

Jul 1 in Music

Jul 1 in Sport

  • 1998 NBA commences a player lockout after no agreement with players about salary issues - lasts 204 days with the season shortened by 50 games

Did You Know?

"SOS" (· · · – – – · · ·) distress signal becomes the worldwide standard for help

On July 1, 1908

Would You Believe?

1st of 4 fatal Jersey Shore shark attacks occur at Beach Haven when Charles Vansant (25) bled to death, challenging previous scientific belief that sharks never hurt humans, and sparking popular fear over sharks which persists today

On July 1, 1916

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 2011 "Medium" actress Patricia Arquette (40) divorces actor Thomas Jane (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage
  • 2011 Actor Ryan Reynolds (34) and actress Scarlett Johansson (26) divorce due to irreconcilable differences after two years of marriage
  • 2011 Ann Serano Lopez divorces actor and talk show host George Lopez (49) due to irreconcilable differences

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