View Full Version : This Date in History, July 1: A lot of really cool stuff happened

07-01-2005, 12:36 PM

1751 - The first volume of Diderot's Encyclopédie was published in Paris.

1838 - Charles Darwin presented a paper on his theory of evolution to the Linnean Society in London.

1847 - The United States Post Office issued its first stamps, a five-cent stamp honoring Benjamin Franklin and a ten-cent stamp for George Washington.

1859 - The first intercollegiate baseball game was played, between Amherst and Williams College.

1862 - The Bureau of Internal Revenue was established by an act of Congress.

1863 - In the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg began.

1873 - The province of Prince Edward Island joined the confederation of Canada.

1874 - The first zoo in the United States opened, in Philadelphia, PA.

1898 - In the Spanish-American War, Teddy Roosevelt and his "Rough Riders" waged a victorious assault on San Juan Hill and El Caney in Cuba.

1916 - In World War I, the British launched a massive offensive against German forces in the Somme River region of France.

1934 - The Federal Communications Commission, as mandated in the "Communications Act of 1934", replaced the Federal Radio Commission as the regulator of broadcasting in the United States.

1941 - Mammoth Cave National Park was established in Kentucky.

1943 - "Pay as you go" income-tax withholding started.

1963 - The US Post Office began using the 5-digit ZIP Code system.

1966 - Medicare went into effect.

1968 - The United States, Britain, Soviet Union, and 58 other nations signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

1969 - Britain's Prince Charles was dubbed the Prince of Wales.

1971 - The US Post Office became the US Postal Service.

1979 - The Sony Walkman was introduced.

1980 - 'O Canada' was proclaimed the national anthem of Canada.

1991 - Court TV debuted.

1991 - The Warsaw Pact, the last vestige of the Cold War-era Soviet bloc, was formally disbanded.

1994 - PLO chairman Yasser Arafat drove from Egypt into Gaza, returning to Palestinian land after 27 years in exile.

1997 - Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule after 156 years as a British colony.

2000 - Vermont's civil unions law, which granted gay couples most of the rights, benefits and responsibilities of marriage, went into effect.


1649 - Gottfried Von Leibniz, German philosopher and mathematician.

1804 - George Sand (Amandine-Aurore Lucille Dupin), French novelist.

1872 - Louis Bleriot, aviation pioneer.

1902 - Myron Cohen, comedian, entertainer, actor.

1908 - Estee Lauder, cosmetics entrepreneur.

1934 - Sydney Pollack, director.

1961 - Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales.

07-01-2005, 01:59 PM
1751 - The first volume of Diderot's Encyclopédie was published in Paris.
…making Diderot the first person to officially misspell the word.