JULY 1 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1770 – Lexell’s Comet passed closer to the Earth than any other comet in recorded history, only 2,200,000 km away on the 1st day of July in 1770.

1874 – The Sholes and Glidden typewriter, became the first commercially successful typewriter to go on sale on the 1st day of July in 1874.

1879 – Charles Taze Russell published the first edition of the The Watchtower religious magazine on the 1st day of July in 1879.

1881 – The world’s first international telephone call was made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States on the 1st day of July in 1881.

1908 – SOS was adopted as the international distress signal on the 1st day of July in 1908.

1921 – The Communist Party of China was founded on the 1st day of July in 1921.

1931 – United Airlines began service as Boeing Air Transport on the 1st day of July in 1931.

1942 – The Australian Federal Government became the sole collector of income tax in Australia as the State Income Tax was abolished on the 1st day of July in 1942.

1945Deborah Harry the American singer-songwriter best known for being the lead singer of Blondie was born on the 1st July 1945.

1977 – Liv Tyler the American actress and model was born on the 1st July 1977.

1978 – The Northern Territory in Australia was granted Self-Government on the 1st day of July in 1978.

1979 – The Walkman was introduced by Sony on the 1st day of July in 1979.

1980 – O Canada officially became the national anthem of Canada on the 1st day of July in 1980.

1990 – German re-unificationEast Germany accepted the Deutsche Mark as its currencyon the 1st day of July in 1990. This unitited the economies of East and West Germany.

1997 – China resumed sovereignty over the city-state of Hong Kong, ending 156 years of British colonial rule on the 1st day of July in 1997.

2002 – The International Criminal Court was established to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression on the 1st day of July in 2002.

2007 – Smoking in England was banned in all public indoor spaces on the 1st day of July in 2007.

Today in History for July 1st ~ video presented by the Associated Press… 

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