Saturday, July 08, 2006

July 8th in History

Some important events:
1099 - First Crusade: 15,000 starving Christian soldiers march in religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders mock them.
1775 - The Olive Branch Petition is adopted by the Continental Congress of the Thirteen Colonies.
1776 - The Liberty Bell was rung to summon citizens of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the reading of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress.
1889 - The first issue of the Wall Street Journal is published.
1896 - William Jennings Bryan delivers his Cross of Gold speech advocating bimetalism at the 1896 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
1947 - Reports are broadcast that a UFO has crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico.
1969 - IBM CICS is made generally available for the 360 mainframe computer.

Some Important Births:
1838 - Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, German inventor (d. 1917)
1839 - John D. Rockefeller, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1937)
1908 - Nelson A. Rockefeller, 41st Vice President of the United States (d. 1979)
1926 - Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross, Swiss-born psychiatrist (d. 2004)
1951 - Anjelica Huston, American actress
1958 - Kevin Bacon, American actor
1961 - Toby Keith, American singer
1968 - Billy Crudup, American actor
1970 - Beck, American singer

A Few Holidays and observances:
Feast day of Saint Grimbald
Feast day of Saint Kilian
Annual Soapy Smith wake, held each year in Skagway, Alaska in the Gold Rush Cemetery and in Hollywood, California at the Magic Castle

The most important Event/Holiday and Birth:

1982- Jenny Hazelton is born!

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