This Week in History


Claire Young was born.

Vinny Bonanno was born.

1969 – Police and gays clashed at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, fostering the gay rights movement.

2003 – The do-not-call registry formed to combat unwanted telemarketing calls, enrolled almost 750,000 numbers on day one.



Carl Perrara was born.

Charlie Greenberg was born.

1894 – Labor Day became a federal holiday by an act of Congress.

1997 – Boxer Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield’s ear during their heavyweight title fight.



Laura Cryan was born.

Sal Lopizzo was born.

1972 – The Supreme Court ruled in Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty could constitute as cruel and unusual, prompting some states to revise their laws.


June 30 

Sean McVeigh was born.

Meg Greene Riley was born.

Theodore Stathis was born.

Michele Dickesheid was born.

Alison McGovern was born.


1859 – French acrobat Charles Blondin, AKA Jean Francois Gravelet, walked across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

1971 – The 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age to 18, was ratified.


July 1

Ray Agoglia was born.

Bridget O’Connor was born.

John T. Meier was born.

James Bulloch was born.


1863 – The Battle of Gettysburg, which marked the turning point in the Civil War, began.

1997 – After 156 years of British colonial rule, Hong Kong was returned to China.


July 2

Michael Delia was born.

Lakia Echols was born.


1964 – President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.

2002 – Steve Fossett became the first to circumnavigate the globe solo in a balloon.


July 3

Patricia Rorke was born.

John McGunigle was born.

James Galleshaw was born.


1890 – Idaho became the 43rd state in the United States.

1962 – Jackie Robinson became the first African American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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