2007 : An official declaration of the new Seven Wonders of the Modern World was made determined from a worldwide poll organized by the New7Wonders Foundation. The New Wonders of the World are:
1. The Great Wall of China (It is the largest man made monument ever to have been built and is visible from space.)
2. Petra, Jordan (Petra On the edge of the Desert, was the glittering capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV)
3. Christ Redeemer Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Statue of Jesus stands some 38 meters tall, atop the Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro)
4. Machu Picchu, Peru (Ancient Inca City built by the Incan Emperor Pachacútec halfway up the Andes Plateau, and deep in the Amazon jungle)
5. Pyramid at Chichén Itzá, Mexico (the most famous Mayan temple city, served as the political and economic center of the Mayan civilization)
6. The Roman Colosseum, Italy (This great amphitheater in the center of Rome to celebrate the glory of the Roman Empire)
7. The Taj Mahal, India (This immense mausoleum by the fifth Muslim Mogul emperor, to honor the memory of his beloved late wife)
The original 7 wonders of the world were:
1. Great Pyramid of Giza Egypt (Built as the tomb of Fourth dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu) still standing
2. Hanging Gardens of Babylon (Multi-leveled gardens reaching 22 meters (75 feet) high) destroyed by earthquake
3. Temple of Artemis at Ephesus (took 120 years to build Dedicated to the Greek goddess Artemis) destroyed by Arson
4. Statue of Zeus at Olympia Greece (40 feet tall) destroyed by fire or earthquake.
5. Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus (Stood approximately 45 meters (135 feet) tall with each of the four sides adorned with sculptural reliefs) disassembled by European Crusaders
6. Colossus of Rhodes (giant statue of the Greek god Helios roughly) Destroyed by Earthquake
7. Lighthouse of Alexandria (between 383 - 440 ft tall it was among the tallest man-made structures on Earth for many centuries) Destroyed By Earthquake
1924 : President Coolidge's 16 year old son Calvin has died due to blood poisoning caused by a blister on his foot becoming infected.
1930 : Construction begins on the Hoover Dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada. As there was no town near the dam construction site workers and their families were housed in temporary camps. The original project was called the Boulder Dam but was dedicated later as the Hoover Dam in honor of President Hoover.
1942 : Heinrich Himmler, together with a physician, begins experimenting on women in the Auschwitz concentration camps.
1947 : William Brazel notices strange debris while working on the Foster ranch, where he was foreman, some 70 miles (110 km) north of Roswell.
Jul. 7th: Roswell Army Air Field. Major Jesse Marcel collects debris 75 miles northwest of Roswell, New Mexico, scattered over an area 300 years wide and ¾ of a mile long. This led to rumors of an alien crash.
July 8th: The Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) issue a press release stating that personnel had recovered a crashed "flying disc" from a ranch near Roswell, sparking intense media interest, later that day the press release is amended to say a "weather balloon" had been recovered.
1978: All goes quiet for 30 years until 1978 when Stanton T. Friedman interviews Major Jesse Marcel, who was involved with the original recovery of the debris in 1947 who expressed his belief that the military had covered up the recovery of an alien spacecraft.
February 1980: The National Enquirer interviews with Major Jesse Marcel bringing national and worldwide attention for the Roswell incident.
1989: Former mortician Glenn Dennis gives a detailed personal account claiming that alien autopsies were carried out at the Roswell base.
Since then Government reports have been released explaining the incident as likely debris from a secret government program called Project Mogul. Was Roswell a cover up or just a series of unexplained events with rational explanations will depend on who you believe and the number of "eye witness accounts" that were given for publicity or the governments explanation of a secret project. In differing books on the subject timelines appear to have changed.
1958 : The Alaska Statehood Act is signed by President Dwight Eisenhower. This will make Alaska the 49th State in January of the following year.
1969 : The initial withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Vietnam begins with the withdrawal of the U.S. 9th Infantry Division, the first of 25,000 troops that were withdrawn in the first stage of the U.S. disengagement from the Vietnam war.
1969 : The inquest into the death of rock and roll star Brian Jones the former Rolling Stones Guitarist has recorded a verdict of death by misadventure, when he had drowned after taking a cocktail of drink and drugs.
1976 : Women are enrolled into the United States Military Academy at West Point for the first time in history.
1981 : Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor is nominated by President Ronald Reagan to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1983 : Samantha Smith, an 11 year old after Earlier in the year sending a letter to Soviet President Yuri V. Andropov asking why the Soviet Union wants to conquer the world. She was invited to Russia to meet the Soviet President and set off on her visit as the youngest Ambassador in US History on a two week trip to the Soviet Union.
1985 : Boris Becker wins the men's Wimbledon championships breaking multiple records in the process.
1. The youngest ever player to win the men's title at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.
2. The first German ever to win the men's title.
3. The first unseeded player to ever win the championship.
1987 : A petrol tanker truck crashes into an ice cream parlor in Herborn, Germany causing a massive explosion and fire which caused the death of 50 people who were trapped in the ice cream parlor.
1998 : Riots have broken out in Lagos, Nigeria following the death of the opposition leader "Chief Moshood Abiola". The riots continued for 4 days leaving over 50 dead.
2004 : Former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay is indicted on 11 counts of securities fraud and related charges following the collapse of Enron.
2005 : Terrorists bombs are detonated in three crowded London subways on London's Underground System and one bus during peak rush hour travel in a synchronized attack by suicide bombers thought to be members of al-Qaeda, killing 56 people including the bombers and injuring another 700.
2006 : Nigeria announced that 33,000 civil service workers were to be fired by the end of 2006. These mass layoffs came from the civil service reform instated a year before the elections in 2007. Most of the people who lost their jobs were unfit workers with no qualifications who had been employed during military rule in the country.
2007 : The small town of Amirli in Northern Iraq is attacked with a truck bomb in a busy market. A total of 105 people are killed by the blast in Amirli, while another 51 people are killed in separate attacks in the country on this day.
2008 : On the opening day of the bull run in Pamplona Spain the six bulls and some tame steers plow into spectators leaving 13 injured including tourists who were watching the famous run.
2008 : On this day a suicide bomber attacked the Indian embassy in Kabul, killing 41 people and injuring 141. This was the deadliest attack in Kabul since the Taliban was overthrown in 2001.
2009 : A public memorial service is held for musician Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California broadcast live around the world. The service included many of the best known entertainers in the world today and is to big to list but included Larry King, Barbara Walters, Kobe Bryant, Mariah Carey, Magic Johnson, Lionel Richie, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Stevie Wonder.
2011 : Reports surfaced that dead soldiers and their families may have had their mobile phones hacked by the News of the World after rumors and allegations of the phone hacking scandal had been surfacing throughout 2011. The revelation comes after British Prime Minister David Cameron decided to set up a public inquiry into phone hacking accusations. These accusations sparked further inquiries into phone hacking by reporters at News of the World and caused great damage to its parent company News Corp and Rupert Murdoch, forcing News of the World to shut down.
2011 : The world's first synthetic organ transplant was successfully completed by surgeons in Sweden. The operation took place in June when surgeons transplanted a completely synthetic trachea and covered it in the patient's stem cells. The thirty-six year old patient was reportedly recovering well a month after the actual operation.
2012 : Fourteen Russian pilgrims died after a bus crash in Ukraine. The bus was carrying over forty people and rolled over killing fourteen. Many others were injured in the crash.
2013 : North Korea and South Korea have agreed to reopen the Kaesong Industrial complex, a joint factory park that had been shut down in April over tensions between the two countries.
Designed in the inimitable manner of New York, featuring that latest of flare silhouettes, produced by a circular cut front skirt flounce attached to a straight line bodice. Fashioned of lovely all silk printed crepe de chine and charmingly trimmed with solid color silk crepe and metal medallions. Colors come in burnt orange or tan.
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 7th, 1919, London
Died: May 20, 1996, Timber Lake, Connecticut
Known For : Jon Pertree was auditioned for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1936, although he was made to leave it on refusal to play the wind. He was ashore at the time that his ship, H.M.S. Hood, was sunk by the Bismarck. After the war he worked on radio and in the theater until he was chosen for the role of the BBC's Doctor Who. He was the third man to play the Doctor, and took the part for four seasons (from 1970 to 1974). He also took part in the Worzel Song in 1980, after playing the character in 1979.
A new generation of pop stars including Elvis Presley were created whose main target audience was teenagers.