July

 

July 1, 1689 – Matsuo Basho, zen poet, leaves for 150 days journey on Honshu Japan

July 1, 1902 – Start of Sherlock Holmes “Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax”

July 1, 1929 – US cartoonist Elzie Segar creates “Popeye”

July 1, 1967 – 1st British color TV broadcast, on BBC 2

July 1, 1967 – Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” goes #1 for 15 weeks

July 1, 1968 – John Lennon’s 1st full art exhibition (You are Here)

July 1, 1970 – Jimi Hendrix 1st recording session (NYC)

July 1, 1979 – Sony introduces the Walkman

July 1, 1980 – ‘O Canada’ officially becomes the national anthem of Canada

July 1, 1984 – The PG-13 rating is introduced by the MPAA

July 1, 2015 – Misty Copeland becomes the 1st African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre

July 2, 1900 – Sibelius’ “Finlandia” premieres in Helsinki

July 2, 1928 – The Jenkins Television Corporation (owned by Charles Jenkins) goes on air with W3XK, the first television broadcasting station in the USA

July 2, 1941 – Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” premieres in London

July 2, 1956 – Elvis Presley records “Hound Dog” & “Don’t Be Cruel”

July 2, 1998 – “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” the 2nd book in the series is published by Bloomsbury in the UK

July 3, 1886 – 1st NY Tribune printing using 1st commercial linotype machine

July 3, 1895 – Start of Sherlock Holmes “Adventure of Black Peter”

July 3, 1928 – 1st colour TV broadcast in London (John Logie Baird)

July 3, 1958 – “Andy Williams Show” premieres on ABC (later on CBS & NBC)

July 3, 1985 – “Back to the Future” directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd is released

July 3, 1989 – The movie “Batman” set record of quickest $100 million (10 days)

July 3, 1990 – Members of 2 Live Crew formally charged with obscenity in Florida

July 3, 2014 – “Guardians of the Galaxy”, directed by James Gunn, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, premieres in Hollywood, Los Angeles

July 4, 1855 – In Brooklyn, New York, the first edition of Walt Whitman’s book of poems, titled Leaves of Grass, is published

July 4, 1862 – Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) creates Alice in Wonderland for Alice Liddell on a family boat trip on the river Isis (Thames) in Oxford

July 4, 1865 – First edition of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is published

July 4, 1962 – Island Records begins

July 4, 1964 – Beachboys’ “I Get Around” reaches #1

July 4, 1969 – “Give Peace a Chance” by Plastic Ono Band is released in UK

July 4, 1969 – 140,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zep & Janis Joplin

July 4, 1970 – Casey Kasem’s “American Top 40” debuts on LA radio

July 5, 1963 – 1st Beatle tune to hit US charts, Del Shannon “From Me to You” at #87

July 5, 1968 – John Lennon sells his psychedelic painted Rolls-Royce

July 5, 1969 – Rolling Stones play a free concert in London’s Hyde Park

July 6, 1887 – Marc Chagall was born in Vitebsk, Belarus

July 6, 1907 – Frida Kahlo born in Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico

July 6, 1924 – 1st photo sent experimentally across Atlantic by radio, US-England

July 6, 1928 – 1st all-talking motion picture shown in NY (Lights of NY)

July 6, 1945 – Abbott and Costello’s film “The Naughty Nineties” released featuring longest version of their “Who’s on First” routine

July 6, 1957 – John Lennon (16) & Paul McCartney (15) meet for 1st time as Lennon’s rock group Quarrymen perform at a church dinner

July 6, 1964 – Beatles’ film “Hard Day’s Night” premieres in London

July 6, 1965 – Rock group “Jefferson Airplane” forms

July 6, 1994 – “Forrest Gump”, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, and Gary Sinise, is released (Best Picture 1995)

July 6, 2010 – Google commemorate the 100th anniversary of Frida Kahlo’s birthday by including her portrait in its logo to include a portrait of Kahlo in her style of art

July 7, 1713 – 1st performance of George Frideric Handel’s “Te Deum” & “Jubilate”

July 7, 1802 – 1st comic book “The Wasp” is published

July 7, 1949 – “Dragnet” premieres on NBC radio; also a TV series in 1951 & 1967

July 7, 1956 – Douglas Moore/John Latouche’ opera “Ballad of Baby Doe,” premieres

July 7, 1965 – Otis Redding records “Respect”

July 7, 1967 – Beatles’ “All You Need is Love” is released

July 7, 1967 – Doors’ “Light My Fire” hits #1

July 7, 2011 – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2”, the last Harry Potter film, premieres in London

July 8, 1977 – Sabra Starr finishes longest recorded belly dance (100 hrs)

July 8, 1999 – “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” the 3rd book of the series by J. K. Rowling is published by Bloomsbury in the UK

July 8, 2000 – “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, the 4th book in the series by J. K. Rowling is published in the UK (Bloomsbury) and the US (Scholastic)

July 9, 1955 – Bill Haley & Comets’ “Rock Around the Clock” tops billboards chart

July 9, 1956 – Dick Clark’s 1st appearance as host of American Bandstand

July 9, 1962 – Andy Warhol’s first West Coast gallery exhibition in the Ferus Gallery of Los Angeles

July 9, 1980 – Walt Disney’s “Fox & The Hound” released

July 9, 1988 – Jessye Norman begins recording Bizet’s “Carmen”

July 10, 1965 – Beatles’ “VI” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks

July 10, 1965 – Rolling Stones score their 1st US #1 single “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”

July 10, 1982 – Samuel Morse’s “Gallery of the Louvre” sells for $3,250,000

July 10, 2002 – At a Sotheby’s auction, Peter Paul Rubens’ painting The Massacre of the Innocents is sold for £49.5million (US$76.2 million) to Kenneth, Lord Thomson

July 11, 1818 – Keats writes “In the Cottage Where Burns is Born,” “Lines Written in the Highlands,” & “Gadfly”

July 11, 1960 – “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is first published by J. B. Lippincott & Co.

July 11, 1962 – 1st transatlantic TV transmission via satellite (Telstar I)

July 11, 1969 – David Bowie releases the single “Space Oddity” 9 days before Apollo 11 lands on the moon

July 11, 1984 – Britain’s MusicBox begins satellite transmission to Europe

July 11, 1987 – Heart’s “Alone” single goes #1 for 3 weeks

July 11, 2007 – “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, the 5th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released

July 12, 1874 – Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure “Gloria Scott”

July 12, 1962 – Rolling Stones 1st performance (Marquee Club, London)

July 12, 1993 – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Sunset Promenade” opens in London

July 13, 1668 – Van Marco Cesti’s opera “Il Pomo d’Oro” (the Golden Apple or Tomato) premieres in Vienna

July 13, 1923 – The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles. It originally reads “Hollywoodland ” but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949

July 13, 1930 – Sarnoff reports in NY Times “TV would be a theater in every home”

July 13, 1939 – Frank Sinatra makes his recording debut

July 13, 1954 – Frida Kahlo died at age 47 in Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico

July 13, 1978 – BBC bans Sex Pistols “No One is Innocent”

July 13, 1985 – “Live Aid” concert held both at Wembley Stadium (London) and John F. Kennedy Stadium (Philadelphia) raises over $70 million for African famine relief

July 14, 1862 – Gustav Klimt was born in Baumgarten, Austrian Empire

July 14, 1978 – Allen Ginsburg completes “Plutonian Ode”

July 14, 2015 – Harper Lee’s 2nd novel “Go Set A Watchman”, an early 1957 version of “To Kill A Mocking Bird” goes on sale in 70 countries

July 15, 1606 – Rembrandt was born in Leiden, Netherlands

July 15, 1795 – “Marseillaise” becomes French national anthem

July 15, 1968 – “One Life to Live” premieres on TV

July 15, 1984 – John Lennon’s “I’m Stepping Out” released posthumously

July 15, 1988 – “Die Hard” directed by John McTiernan and starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman is released in the US

July 15, 2009 – “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, the 6th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released worldwide

July 16, 1782 – Mozart’s opera “Das Entfuhrung aus dem Serail” premieres in Vienna

July 16, 1867 – D R Averill patents ready-mixed paint

July 16, 1926 – National Geographic takes 1st natural-color undersea photos

July 16, 1936 – 1st x-ray photo of arterial circulation, Rochester, NY

July 16, 1951 – Novel “Catcher in Rye” by J. D. Salinger published by Little Brown and Company

July 16, 1955 – “Golden Horseshoe Revue” 1st of 50,000+ performances, Disneyland

July 16, 1993 – S van Ruysdael’s “Winter Landscape” sold for £705,500 in London

July 16, 2005 – “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, the 6th book in the series by J. K. Rowling, is published worldwide. 9 million copies sell in 24 hrs

July 17, 1717 – George Frideric Handel’s “Water Music” premieres on the river Thames in London

July 17, 1850 – Harvard Observatory takes 1st photograph of a star (Vega)

July 17, 1935 – Variety’s famous headline “Sticks Nix Hick Pix”

July 17, 1959 – “North by Northwest” directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint premieres in Los Angeles

July 17, 1967 – Monkees perform at Forest Hills NY, Jimi Hendrix is opening act

July 17, 1968 – Beatles’ animated film “Yellow Submarine” premieres in London

July 17, 1997 – 30th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

July 18, 1610 – Caravaggio died at age 38 in Porto Ercole, Italy

July 18, 1768 – Boston Gazette publishes “Liberty Song”, America’s 1st patriotic song

July 18, 1907 – Florenz Ziegfeld’s “Follies of 1907” premieres in NYC

July 18, 1959 – Los Angeles premiere of the film version of Kathryn Hulme’s “The Nun’s Story”

July 18, 1994 – Crayola announces introduction of scented crayons

July 19, 1674 – Court of Holland bans books of Hobbes/Spinoza/Meyer

July 19, 1880 – SF Public Library starts lending books

July 19, 1913 – Billboard publishes earliest known “Last Week’s 10 Best Sellers among Popular Songs” Malinda’s Wedding Day is #1

July 19, 1937 – Entartete Art Fair opens in Munich

July 19, 1941 – BBC World Service begins playing V(ictory) (“…-” in Morse code) (opening of Beethoven’s 5th symphony)

July 19, 1942 – Dmitri Shostakovitch’ 7th Symphony premieres in USA

July 19, 1961 – 1st in-flight movie shown (TWA)

July 19, 1965 – Shooting begins on Star Trek 2nd pilot “Where No Man Has Gone Before”

July 19, 1980 – David Bowie appears in role of “Elephant Man” in Denver

July 20, 1940 – Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is “I’ll Never Smile Again” by Tommy Dorsey)

July 20, 1964 – 1st surfin’ record to go #1-Jan & Dean’s “Surf City”

July 20, 1967 – Pablo Neruda receives 1st Viareggio-Versilia prizes

July 20, 1968 – Iron Butterfly’s “In-a-gadda-da-vida” becomes 1st heavy metal song to hit charts, it comes in at #117

July 20, 1977 – 10th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel

July 21, 1897 – Tate Gallery opens in England

July 21, 1976 – “Guys & Dolls” opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 239 performances

July 21, 1990 – Pink Floyd’s “Wall” is performed where Berlin Wall once stood

July 21, 2007 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book in the series by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide. 11 million copies sell in 24 hrs

July 22, 1933 – Caterina Jarboro sings “Aida”, NYC – 1st POC prima donna in US

July 22, 1963 – The Beatles release “Introducing the Beatles”

July 22, 1967 – Jimi Hendrix quits as opening act of the Monkees’ tour

July 22, 1999 – Woodstock 99 music festival begins Griffiss Park, Rome NY (till 25th) attended by 200,000. Ended due to violence.

July 23, 1599 – Caravaggio’s 1st public commission for paintings

July 23, 1829 – William Austin Burt patents “typographer” (typewriter)

July 23, 1965 – Beatles “Help” is released in UK

July 24, 1793 – France passes 1st copyright law

July 24, 1847 – Rotary-type printing press patents by Richard March Hoe, NYC

July 24, 1965 – Bob Dylan release “Like a Rolling Stone”

July 24, 1978 – “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” premieres in NYC

July 24, 2002 – On 200th anniversary of his birth French author Alexandre Dumas’ (‘The Three Musketeers’) ashes are interred in the Panthéon in Paris in a televised ceremony

July 25, 1897 – Writer Jack London sails to join the Klondike Gold Rush where he will write his first successful stories

July 25, 1933 – 1st Dutch live radio concert, Duke Ellington

July 25, 1964 – Beatles’ album “A Hard Day’s Night” goes #1 & stays #1 for 14 weeks

July 25, 1965 – Folk-rock begins, Dylan uses electric guitar at Newport Folk Festival

July 25, 1966 – Supremes release “You Can’t Hurry Love”

July 25, 1970 – “(They Long to Be) Close to You” sung by the Carpenters reaches #1

July 25, 1975 – “A Chorus Line”, longest-running Broadway show (6,137), premieres

July 25, 2006 – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the recovery of the statue of King Entemena of Lagash, one of the most significant pieces looted from the Iraq Museum in 2003

July 26, 1656 – Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn declares he is insolvent

July 26, – 1878 In California, the poet and American West outlaw calling himself “Black Bart” makes his last clean getaway when he steals a safe box from a Wells Fargo stagecoach. The empty box will be found later with a taunting poem inside.

July 26, 1887 – 1st Esperanto book published

July 26, 1948 – “Babe Ruth Story” premieres, Babe Ruth’s last public appearance

July 26, 1973 – Peter Shaffers “Equus” premieres in London

July 27, 1898 – Start of Sherlock Holmes “Adventure of Dancing Men”

July 27, 1940 – Bugs Bunny debuts in “Wild Hare”

July 27, 1982 – Menken & Ashman’s musical “Little Shop of Horrors” premieres in NYC

July 27, 1991 – TV Guide publishes its 2000th edition

July 28, 1858 – Nadar takes 1st airborne photo (in a balloon)

July 28, 1882 – Richard Wagner’s opera “Parsifal” premieres in Beirut

July 28, 1887 – Marcel Duchamp was born in Blainville-Crevon, France

July 28, 1914 – Foxtrot 1st danced at New Amsterdam Roof Garden (NYC, by Harry Fox)

July 28, 1932 – “White Zombie” – 1st feature length zombie film directed by Victor Halperin and starring Béla Lugos is released in the US

July 28, 1933 – 1st singing telegram delivered (to Rudy Vallee), NYC

July 28, 1951 – Walt Disney’s animated musical film “Alice In Wonderland” released

July 28, 1954 – “On the Waterfront”, directed by Elia Kazan starring Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint, is released (Best Picture 1955)

July 28, 1957 – Jerry Lee Lewis makes his 1st TV appearance (Steve Allen Show)

July 29, 1890 – Vincent van Gogh died at age 37 in Auvers-sur-Oise, France

July 29, 1928 – Walt Disney’s “Steamboat Willie” is released

July 29, 1938 – Comic strip “Dennis the Menace,” 1st appears

July 29, 1949 – BBC radio begins broadcasting

July 29, 1954 – Publication of “Fellowship of the Ring” 1st volume of “Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien by by George Allen and Unwin in London

July 29, 1965 – Beatles movie “Help” premieres, Queen Elizabeth attends

July 30, 1889 – Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure “Naval Treaty”

July 30, 1928 – George Eastman shows 1st color motion pictures (US)

July 30, 1935 – 1st Penguin book is published, starting the paperback revolution

July 30, 1943 – Last Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movie released (Girl Crazy)

July 30, 1966 – Beatles’ “Yesterday… & Today” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks

July 30, 2006 – World’s longest running music show Top of the Pops is broadcast for the last time on BBC Two. The show had aired for 42 years.

July 30, 2008 – “Slumdog Millionaire” based on the novel “Q & A” by Vikas Swarup, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Dev Patel premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2009)

July 31, 1664 – Pierre Corneille’s “Othon” premieres in Paris

July 31, 1912 – US government prohibits movies & photos of prize fights (censorship)

July 31, 2016 – “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” a play by Jack Thorne, with contributions by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide at midnight

 


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