This Day In History – July 23

1938

The first federal game preserve was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The area was 2,000 acres in Utah

1984

Miss America, Vanessa Williams, turned in her crown after it had been discovered that nude photos of her had appeared in Penthouse magazine

She was the first to resign the title

1995

The Hale-Bopp comet was discovered by Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp

Formally designated C/1995 O1, The Great Comet of 1997, was perhaps the most widely observed comet of the 20th century

It was visible to the naked eye for a record 18 months

and then lastly…

2000

Big sports day!

Lance Armstrong won his second Tour de France

and

2000

24 year old Tiger Woods won the British Open at St. Andrews, Scotland to become the youngest player to win the career ‘Grand Slam’ of golf

Woods finished the British Open at 19-under-par 269, the best score ever at St. Andrews, and it was the lowest score ever at a major championship

‘The Grand Slam’ of golf is The Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and The British Open 

Photos of Hugging Dog Saves Their Lives

Two dogs that were set to be put down were saved after a photo showing one dog wrapping its arms around the other was posted on Facebook.

The recuse group in Atlanta posted the photo to their Facebook page with the text “I’m Kala. This is Keira. We’re so scared in here. The people working in the shelters see how scared we are but just told each other that today is our deadline.”The photo was shared almost 3,500 times, and a little after two hours after the photo was posted, the dogs were adopted.

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This Day In History – July 21

 1985

Playgirl magazine released their list of the 10 sexiest men in the United States 

Race car driver Danny Sullivan was ranked #1, but you’ve got see who else they picked in their top 10! 

How?! 

1987 

Mary Hart of Entertainment Tonight made news as she had her legs insured by Lloyd’s of London 

She insured her pegs for $2 million!!

1990

Some 350,000 people celebrated with a concert at the site of where the Berlin Wall once stood in East Berlin.

Pink Floyd founder, Roger Waters, organized the event, while he performed together with his group The Bleeding Heart Band. 

The show was held in Berlin to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall eight months earlier

1999

Charley Pride received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

It was the 2,140th star to be dedicated

and then lastly…

2011

Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida

It was the last flight of NASA’s space shuttle program. 

-Tyler Jackson

Kansas Woman Smashes Car Window to Rescue Girl

A woman in Kansas smashed the window of the car to save a toddler locked inside.The woman found the 2-year-old girl locked in the hot car with the windows up. The girl was covered in sweat and she attempted to find the parent or guardian but couldn’t.

So the woman tried to break the window of the car with a screwdriver and tire iron but couldn’t.  Another woman had a truck hitch and was able to beak the window.Paramedics checked the girl’s vitals and she was later picked up by her godmother.A couple later showed up claiming the toddler was their niece and wanted her back… and cops ticketed them for child endangerment.

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This Day In History – July 20

 1969

Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin made history when they became the first humans to land on the moon!

They raised the American flag and talked to the President back on earth, some 240,000 miles away

Their famous words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” was seen and heard by people around the globe 

1996 

Blue, the very first album for 13-year-old LeAnn Rimes, debuted at number one on Billboard’s Country music chart

It also debuted at number four on the Pop album chart.

The album went on to go multi-platinum

and then lastly…

2012

James Holmes murdered 12 people and wounded 70 others in a cowardly movie theater shooting at the Century Sixteen theatre in Aurora, Colorado

Seriously. The guy should fry over it!

 

-Tyler Jackson

This Day In History – July 17

1902

Dr. Willis Carrier installed a commercial air conditioning system at a Brooklyn, New York printing plant

The system was the first to provide man-made control over temperature, humidity, ventilation and air quality.

Carrier’s invention was used primarily to cool machines, not people. The development of the centrifugal chiller by Carrier in the early 1920’s led to comfort cooling for movie theaters, and, before long, air conditioning became an American standard!  

1955

Disneyland opened the gates to The Happiest Place on Earth in Anaheim, California

In the first year of operation, some four million people visited Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Frontierland and Tomorrowland

1996

TWA flight 800 exploded off the coast of Long Island, New York

The Boeing 747 had lifted off from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport at 8:19 p.m. bound for Paris, France carrying 230 people, including four cockpit crew members and 14 flight attendants.

The explosion happened about 12 minutes after takeoff

It concluded that the crash was caused by electrical arcing in the plane’s center fuel tank igniting fuel vapors.

1997

After 117 years, the F. W. Woolworth Company closed its last 400 stores

Woolworth’s was a pioneer in the five-and-dime retail industry

2000
Tim McGraw released My Next Thirty Years

The song, written by Phil Vassar, eventually went to #1 on the country charts

and then lastly…

Happy 39th birthday to Luke Bryan! 

Thomas Luther “Luke” Bryan was born on July 17, 1976 in Leesburg, Georgia

-Tyler Jackson

This Day In History – July 16

1926

The first underwater color photographs appeared in National Geographic magazine.

lliam Longley and National Geographic staff photographer Charles Martin got this shot of a hogfish off the Florida Keys in the Gulf of Mexico

1935

Oklahoma City became the first city in the United States to install parking meters.

The first parking meters appeared on the corner of 1st Street and Robinson Ave in Downtown Oklahoma City

It cost the low, low price of just a nickel per hour!  

1950

The largest crowd in sporting history — 199,854 — watched the World Cup soccer finals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Uruguay defeated Brazil 2-1

199,000 people though…!! 

1986

Columbia Records announced that after 28 years with the label, the contract of Johnny Cash would not be renewed.

Cash’s biggest hit for Columbia was A Boy Named Sue in 1969

1994

26-year-old Anna Nicole Smith wed 89-year-old billionaire J. Howard Marshall II

If they were still around today, she’d be 48, and he would be 110!

1999

John F. Kennedy Jr.’s plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard,Massachusetts, killing him, his wife, Carolyn, and his sister-in-law, Lauren.

The three had been en route to a Kennedy family wedding

2005

The sixth installment in the series, J.K. Rowling’s book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released

The book sold 6.9 million copies on its first day of release.

It later became a movie

and then lastly…

2009

In Chicago, the Sears Tower was renamed Willis Tower

-Tyler Jackson

Trendiest Baby Names of 2015

According to the baby name website Nameberry.com, the trendiest name for boys this year is Atticus.

It’s because Atticus Finch is the hero of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, and Harper Lee announced earlier this year that she was finally putting out a sequel.

But there’s one big problem.  When the sequel came out this week, it turned out Atticus Finch wasn’t the good guy he seemed in “To Kill a Mockingbird”.  The book’s called “Go Set a Watchman”, and Harper Lee made Atticus a big time RACIST.  Oops.

After Atticus, the rest of the 10 trendiest names for boys are:  Asher . . . Ezra . . . Silas . . . Declan . . . Wyatt . . . Oliver . . . Henry . . . Milo . . . and Jude.

 

The 10 trendiest girls names are:  Charlotte . . . Amelia . . . Olivia . . . Isla . . . Ava . . . Violet . . . Cora . . . Eleanor . . . Lucy . . . and Penelope.

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America’s Most Hated State!

Americans have ranked New Jersey worst among the states.A poll by YouGov says New Jersey is not only the least-liked state, but it’s also the only state that Americans actively dislike.

The second least-liked state is Alabama and even then more people like the state than dislike it, with 39 percent liking the state and 31 percent feeling the opposite.For New Jersey, 40 percent of Americans said they had a bad opinion about the Garden state while only 30 percent had a favorable one.

Illinois, Mississippi and Indiana rounded out the bottom 5.The most popular state is Hawaii, followed by Montana, Wyoming, Alaska and Maine.

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