This Week in History


Ann Marie Kirby-Payne was born.

Barbara Fitzgerald Knight was born.


1930 – The first World Cup soccer competition began in Montevideo, Uruguay.

1977 – A 25-hour blackout hit New York City, engendering widespread rioting and looting.



Emma Dalton was born.

Maggie Lunny Britt was born.


1881 – Billy the Kid was shot by Sheriff Pat Garrett in New Mexico.



Laura Boyle Rochelle was born.

Giovanna Maselli was born.

Christine Dolan was born.

Allie Dunn was born.

John McGovern was born.

Annmarie D’Emic was born.


1869 – Margarine was patented in France by Hippolyte Mege Mouries.

1940 – The world’s tallest man (8 feet, 11.1 inches), Robert Wadlow, died.



1951 – J. D. Salinger’s novel “Catcher in the Rye” was published.

1969- Apollo 11 took off on the first manned flight to the moon.


JULY 17 

Sean Tubridy was born.

Dorothy Wayne was born.

Brian Manley was born.


1938 – “Wrong Way Corrigan” took off from New York, purportedly aiming for California and landing in Ireland.

1955 – Disneyland opened in Anaheim, Calif.


JULY 18 

John Sica was born.

George England was born.

Donna Hurley Connelly was born.


64 – A great fire began that ultimately destroyed most of Rome. The emperor Nero blamed it on Christians and began the first Roman persecution of them.

1925 – The first volume of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf was published.

1999 – New York Yankee David Cone pitched the 16th perfect game in baseball history.



Dennis Farrell was born.


1966 – Fifty-year-old singer Frank Sinatra married 21-year-old actress Mia Farrow.

1984 – Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman nominated for the vice-presidency by a major political party.

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