There’s three sides to every story: there’s the history you were taught in school, the history the revisionist dig up and the truth.

Wednesday July 29th

1796: Walter Hunt (TRAN 1796-1859) inventor of the safety pin.

1869: Booth Tarkington (MISS 1869-1946) author/playwright The Magnificent Ambersons (1919), Alice Adams (1921).

1883: Benito Mussolini (LOST 1883-1945) Fascist Dictator of Italy (1925-43).

1885: Theda Bara (LOST 1885-1955) silent film actress A Fool There Was (1915), Cleopatra (1917), The Unchastened Woman (1925), Madame Mystery (1926).

1890: Artist Vincent van Gogh dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

1890: Laroy Sunderland Starrett patents the micrometer screw gauge.

1892: William Powell (LOST 1892-1984) actor The Thin Man (1934), My Man Godfrey (1936), Life with Father (1947).

1902: E. J. Ruegemer (GI 1902-2005) juvenile court judge who lead the campaign by the Eagles in 1956 to place Ten Commandments plaques in public institutions.

1905: Dag Hammarskjold (GI 1905-61) Secretary-general of the United Nations (1953-61).

1905: Clara Bow (GI 1905-1965) actress It (1927), Wings (1927), Parisian Love (1925), Call Her Savage (1932).

1914: Transcontinental telephone service begins.

1914: Marcel Bich (GI 1914-1994) French inventor of the Bic ballpoint pen.

1950: Walt Disney’s Treasure Island released.

1953: Ken Burns (BOOM 1953- ) documentary filmmaker Huey Long (1985), The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994) Jazz (2001) Mark Twain (2001).

1957: Jack Paar debuts as host of the Tonight Show.

1958: NASA is created.

1963: Bob Dylan preforms with Joan Baez at the Newport Folk Festival.

1966: Teen magazine Datebook quotes John Lennon saying that “The Beatles are more popular than Jesus.”

1966: Bob Dylan is injured in a motorcycle accident near Woodstock, N.Y.

1970: United Farm Workers grape strike/boycott ends.

1972: Wil Wheaton (1972- ) actor Stand by Me (1986), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994), Toy Soldiers (1991), Flubber (1997).

1981: Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales to Diana Spencer.

1993: Israeli Supreme Court acquits retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk of being Nazi death camp guard Ivan the Terrible.

1994: Paul Jennings Hill assassinates abortion doctor John Britton and his body guard James Barrett in Pensacola.

1994: The Mask is released.