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julypicJuly is the seventh month of the year (between June and August) in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with the length of 31 days.

It was named by the Roman Senate in honor of the Roman general, Julius Caesar, it being the month of his birth. Prior to that, it was called Quintilis.

It is, on average, the warmest month in most of the Northern hemisphere (where it is the second month of summer) and the coldest month in much of the Southern hemisphere (where it is the second month of winter). The second half of the year commences in July. In the Southern hemisphere, July is the seasonal equivalent of January in the Northern hemisphere.

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A single site for all of Charles Darwin's published and unpublished writings including a major catalogue of his every publication and manuscript in the world.

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Nostradamus French physician and astrologer fails to predict his own death today in 1566.

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1976: An Israeli commando force rescued 103 hostages from a hijacked aircraft, who were being held at Entebbe Airport, Uganda.

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1776: The American Declaration of Independence was adopted.

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1989: Convicted for his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair, US Army Colonel Oliver North was fined $150,000 and given a suspended sentence.

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1892: Britain's first non-white MP was elected when Dadabhai Naoraji won the Central Finsbury seat in London. To think, over 110 years ago, black politicians were welcome in the UK; what happened since then?

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In 1982:, Queen Elizabeth II was woken by a strange man sitting on her bed in Buckingham Palace; the presence of the intruder, who merely asked her for a cigarette, raised concerns about Palace security.

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1991: Iraq admitted to the UN that it had been conducting clandestine programs to produce Enriched Uranium and Plutonium, a key element in nuclear weapons.

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In 1850: Zachary Taylor, 12th US president dies in his office (nothing like going on the job).

10th

The Greenpeace campaign ship Rainbow Warrior sank in Auckland, New Zealand, after two explosions tore its hull. killing one man in 1985:  French secret service agents were caught in the act; details in the report: 'The bombing of the Rainbow Warrior'

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In Poland, the Warsaw Ghetto uprising comes to an end as Nazi soldiers gain control of Warsaw's Jewish ghetto, blowing up the last remaining synagogue and beginning the mass deportation of the ghetto's remaining dwellers to the Treblinka extermination camp.

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Titus Oates, British conspirator whose ill-founded rumors led to the execution of English Catholics is executed in 1705.

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Two simultaneous 'Live Aid' concerts, one in London and one in Philadelphia, raised over £50 million for famine victims in 1985

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The Bastille was stormed by the citizens of Paris and razed to the ground as the French Revolution and France’s Reign of Terror began today in 1789.

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Charles Sherwood Stratton, alias Tom Thumb, US circus dwarf died today in 1883.

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The Last Tsar of Russia and his family murdered by the revolutionaries in 1918.

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In 1990, was it an Intelligence or Judgment Failure, that ignored Iraqi president Saddam Hussein threats to use force against Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, to stop them driving oil prices down by overproduction.

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AD 64 and the great fire began in Rome and lasted for nine days while Emperor Nero fiddled away.

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Lizzie Borden, alleged US axe murderess born today in 1860:

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1973: France resumed nuclear tests despite protests from Australia and New Zealand. 

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The Battle of the Pyramids took place today in 1798, in which Napoleon, soon after his invasion of Egypt, defeated an army of some 60,000 Mamelukes.

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Carl Sandburg renowned US poet died this day in 1967.

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Dr. Livingstone returned to England from Africa today in 1864.

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In 1534; Jacques Cartier landed at Gaspé in Canada and claimed the territory for France

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Margaretha Zelle, the Dutch spy known as Mata Hari, was sentenced to death today in 1917.

26th

Joseph Jenkins Roberts elected leader of Liberia in 1847, becoming the first African colony to secure independence.

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The Battle of El Alamein ended after 17 days in 1942, with the British having prevented the German and Italian advance into Egypt.

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The Quest for Revolutionary Power turned on its leaders in 1794, when Maximilien Robespierre and 19 other French Revolutionaries went to the guillotine.

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Serb forces overran the former Yugoslavian province of Kosovo in 1998 routing the Kosovo Liberation Army. Over 100,000 Albanians were displaced and many more simply dissapeared.  Details in: Where are the Dead Bodies in Kosovo?

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Kim Philby, the British intelligence officer from 1940 and Soviet agent from 1933, fled to the USSR in 1963.

31st In 1910, Dr. Crippen was arrested aboard the SS Montrose as it was docking at Quebec; charged with the murder of his wife, he was the first criminal to be caught by the use of radio.

 

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