1956 : The Suez Crisis begins when Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalizes the British and French-owned Suez Canal hoping to charge tolls that would pay for construction of of the Aswan dam on the Nile.
1931 : The Midwest and heartland of the United States are in the midst of a bad drought when swarms of grasshoppers descends on crops throughout the American heartland, devastating millions of acres.
1939 : The British government is set for lightening strikes against the IRA (Irish Republican Army) to round up over 5,000 suspects to stop the sabotage and terrorist activities now that the new emergency government bill has been passed.
1941 : President Franklin Roosevelt seizes all Japanese assets in the United States in retaliation for the Japanese occupation of French Indo-China.
Frosted Berry Cluster Hat
New style of smart becomingness. Rich looking Rayon faille crown in clever draped style; also in wing effect at side. Hemp straw braid brim. Short fitting at back. Bright color frosted grape cluster to harmonize.
1945 : Winston Churchill's Conservative party loses the general election to the Labour Party and Clement Attlee, the Labour leader, is sworn in as the new British leader, Attlee had campaigned on an enlarged system of social services would be created as outlined in the wartime Beveridge Report.
1952 : Eva Peron, died today of a prolonged illness she was known as Evita (Little Eva) to the people of Argentina.
1963 : Skopje, Yugoslavia's 4th largest city was struck by an earthquake which reduced the city to ruins. It is estimated many thousands died as 80% of the city was left in ruins.
1978 : The continuing turmoil in South American politics have many in the west concerned for democracy in the area, in just a short time we have seen A coup in Bolivia. General Augusto Pinochet Junta in Chile ousting the only liberal member left. In Paraguay the opposition party leader was snatched from the street and jailed after speaking out against the corruption of the ruling party.
1989 : Robert Tappan Morris a graduate student from Cornell University was indicted on a felony charge for releasing a computer virus that disrupted thousands of computers throughout the United States in the fall of 1988.
1996 : IBM is given a contract by the Department of Energy to build the worlds most powerful custom supercomputer.
1999 : A hotel handyman who worked at the Cedar Lodge guest house in Yosemite National Park has been arrested on suspicion of killing four women Carole Sund, Silvina Pelosso, Julie Sund and Joie Armstrong. He was found guilty for the murders of four women in Yosemite, California, and in 2002 sentenced to death. He is currently on death row at San Quentin Penitentiary in California.
2006 : This day marks the return of power to the Liberian capital of Monrovia after fifteen years without. The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf activated the streetlights, powered by a generator, for the first time after a fourteen-year civil war in the country.
2006 : An earlier trial verdict of the murder of 5 children by their mother (Andrea Yates) which sentenced her to life imprisonment has been overturned, and in the latest verdict she has been cleared by reason of insanity of murdering her five children by drowning them in the bath. She will now be sent to a state mental hospital until she is considered sane enough for release.
2008 : California became the first state to pass a law banning the use of trans fats from being used by restaurants and retailers. The ban was set to start on January 1st, 2010. Trans fats had been linked to heart disease, and researchers stated that this ban could reduce up to 19% of heart attack deaths a year.
2009 : India became one of six countries to launch a nuclear submarine. India built the ship with Russian help and the move is thought to have been designed to send a message to China, a country with an increasing naval presence near India.
2012 : Franz West, a contemporary Austrian artist, died at the age of sixty-five in Vienna after suffering from a long illness. West rose to prominence in the middle of the Sixties as a part of the Actionism movement. He also was known for making large aluminum sculptures, collages and brightly upholstered furniture.
2013 : The French parliament lifted a ban on insulting the president that had been in place since 1881. It had be illegal to insult the French president and those who risked it could be fined, but the government lifted the ban after the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the law violated the freedom of expression.
I included this Frigidaire Electric as the final Electric Item from the Twenties as it was significant in many ways 1. It was made by General Motors not General Electric. 2. The cost was pretty high and I suspect out of most people's reach and 3. It was sold by a dedicated salesman who visited your home rather than through a shop etc.
Celebrating Birthdays Today
Born: July 26th, 1943, Dartford, England
Known For :The Rolling Stones had started in 1963 when Mick Jagger dropped out of college. He was the band's writer (along with Keith Richards) as well as its lead singer. Their most prolific songs are Satisfaction, Get Off My Cloud, Paint It Black, As Tears Go By, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Honky Tonk Woman, Brown Sugar and You Can't Always Get What You Want. Jagger started his solo work with 1985's She's The Boss album and Dancing In The Street track with David Bowie. Known as a rival to the Beatles, the Stones are one of the most eminent rock bands. The band produced in 22nd album, A Bigger Bang, in 2005.