Wednesday, July 27, 2011

27th of July

Today is the 208th day of the year with 157 days remaining.

1054 - Siward, Earl of Northumbria, decides to invade Scotland and defeats Macbeth, the King of Scotland somewhere north of the Firth of Forth.

1663 - The English Parliament passes the second Navigation Act.  This requires that all goods bound for the American colonies have to be sent in English ships flying the Union Jack, and set sail from English ports.

1789 - The first United States federal government agency is established.  The agency is the Department of Foreign Affairs and it will later be renamed the Department of State.

1794 - Maximilien Robespierre is arrested after encouraging the execution of nearly 17,000 "enemies of the French Revolution."

1900 - Kaiser Wilhelm II that compares Germans to Huns.  For many decades afterward, Hun would be a disparaging name to the German people.

1917 - Allied forces reach the Yser Canal during the Battle of Passchendaele.

1929 - The Geneva Convention is signed by fifty-three nations.  The document deals with the treatment of prisoners-of-war.

1940 - The animated short film, A Wild Hare is released, introducing the world to the character of Bugs Bunny.

1942 - Allied forces inevitably halt the final Axis advance into Egypt.

1953 - The Korean War ends with the signing of an armistice agreement by the United States, People's Republic of China, and North Korea.  The South does not sign but pledges to observe the treaty.

1964 - 5,000 American military advisers are sent to South Vietnam, bringing the total number to 21,000.

1974 - The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee votes 27 to 11 to recommend the first article of impeachment against Richard Nixon.  The first article is a summation of obstruction of justice.

1987 - The RMS Titanic Inc., begins the first expedited process of salvaging the wreckage of the Titanic.

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