On This Day…

On This Day…


Welcome to your weekend! We’re glad you are here.

As we slide into the last weekend in July (Whaaaaat?!) it seems we find ourselves wondering how the Summer is going by so fast! If you are feeling the crunch of a whirlwind week, stress of a packed schedule, or simply just want to exhale, you are in the right place.

We invite you to start your day in a simpler way with a little “scroll down memory lane.” It’s just a peek pack at events that happened on this day in history before we head out to make new memories today. So, grab your favorite sippin’ drink and let’s scroll!

Today is Saturday, July 29th, the 210th day of the year.

On this day:

In 1786, the first newspaper west of the Alleghenies was published under name “The Pittsburgh Gazette.”  The paper is still being published.  It is now known as “The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.”

In 1890, painter Vincent van Gogh died at the age of 37.

In 1914, the first transcontinental telephone service began.  The call was placed between New York and San Francisco.

In 1957, “Tonight Starring Jack Paar” premiered on NBC Television.  The show’s name was later changed to “The Jack Parr Tonight Show.”  When Parr left the show, the name changed to “The Tonight Show.”

In 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was authorized by Congress.

In 1965, the Queen of England attended the premiere of “Help!,” starring The Beatles.

In 1975, President Ford became the first U.S. President to visit Auschwitz where he paid tribute to the victims of the Nazi concentration camp in Poland. 

In 1981, England’s Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.  Millions of people around the world watched the ceremony on television.  The couple separated in 1993.

In 1987, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream introduced their “Cherry Garcia” flavor in honor of Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia.

In 1996, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda announced his retirement in his 20th year of managing the Dodgers. 

In 1999, a federal judge in Little Rock, Arkansas fined President Clinton 89-thousand-dollars for lying about his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky in his deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.

In 2000, actor Brad Pitt and actress Jennifer Aniston tied the knot at a ceremony on an ocean bluff.

In 2001, Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France, becoming the only American to win three Tours in a row. 

In 2004, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry accepted the Democratic nomination for the presidency at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.  Kerry arrived on the DNC stage proclaiming, “I’m John Kerry and I’m reporting for duty.” 

In 2006, former “Baywatch” actress Pamela Anderson and Detroit rap-rocker Kid Rock married on a yacht near St. Tropez on the French Riviera. 

In 2007, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn were enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.  Known as Major League Baseball’s “Iron Man,” Ripken — who spent his entire 21-year career with the Baltimore Orioles — played in a record two-thousand-632 consecutive games.  Gwynn played 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres, leading the National League in batting average seven times.  A 15-time All Star, he also ripped 3,141 career hits.

In 2009, swimming star Michael Phelps set a world record at swimming’s World Championships in Rome.  Phelps won the gold in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of one minute, 51-point-51 seconds, breaking his own record.  The victory came a day after he suffered his first individual loss in four years.  Germany’s Paul Beidermann beat Phelps in the finals of the men’s 200-meter freestyle.  In the process, Beidermann broke Phelps’ record in the event.

In 2011, an eight-foot-tall statue of rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry was unveiled in Berry’s hometown of St. Louis, Missouri on this date.  The music legend was on hand for the dedication ceremony to thank fans for their support.

In 2015, eight-year-old Zion Harvey became the first pediatric patient to receive a bilateral hand transplant at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to accept the Democratic nomination for U.S. President.

In 2019, singer Lil Nas X broke the record for the longest run at the top of the US singles chart with “Old Town Road.”  It was number one for 17 weeks.

In 2021, attorney and politician Carl Levin died at age 87.

That brings us here to this day. So, whatever plans you have for your own 7.29.2023 we hope there are moments along the way to record on the pages of your own personal history books.

Thanks for stopping by!

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