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.

Tuesday July 7th

1752: Joseph Marie Jacquard (REP 1752-1834) French weaver who invented a programmable punch card power loom.

1843: Camillo Golgi (PROG 1843-1926) Italian pathologist who developed a tissue staining technique that allowed him to study the central nervous system.

1846: US annexes California.

1846: Livingston Hopkins (PROG 1846-1927) comic strip artist who created the first comic strip in America Professor Tigwissel’s Burglar Alarm (1875).

1861: Nettie Stevens (MISS 1861-1912) geneticist who discovered the chromosomal basis of sex.

1863: Enrollment Act of 1863 allowing draftees to pay $300 to hire a substitute takes effect.

1895: Julis Hoffman (LOST 1895-1983) judge who presided over the Chicago 7 trial.

1899: George Cukor (LOST 1899-1983) director The Philadelphia Story (1940), Adam’s Rib (1949), A Star Is Born (1954), My Fair Lady (1964).

1903: Labor leader Mother Jones leads the March of the Mill Children (July 7-July 31) to President Theodore Roosevelt’s Long Island summer home in Oyster Bay. 

1907: Robert A. Heinlein (GI 1907-1988) science fiction writer.

1912: Houdini’s first performance of the Overboard Box Escape.

1913: Gregorio Cortez is pardoned by Texas Governor Oscar Colquitt.

1919: William Kunstler (GI 1919-95) activist attorney whose clients were a who’s who of the 60’s.

1928: Chillicothe Baking Company introduces sliced bread.

1936: Henry F. Phillips patents the Phillips screw/screwdriver.

1937: The Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-45) begins.

1940: Ringo Starr (SIL 1940- ) drummer/actor married Barbara Bach (1981- ) The Beatles, The Magic Christian (1969), Caveman (1981), Shining Time Station (1989).

1947: UFO crashes near Roswell, N.M.

1949: Dragnet premiers on NBC radio.

1949: Shelley Duvall (BOOM 1949- ) actress Nashville (1975), The Shining (1980), Popeye (1980), Time Bandits (1981), Home Fries (1998).

1960) Elmer Gantry is released.

1981: President Ronald Reagan nominates Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court.

1981: The first solar-powered aircraft, the Solar Challenger, crosses the English Channel.

1987: Lt. Col. Oliver North begins his public testimony in the Iran-Contra hearings.

1997: Jerry Scott/Jim Borgman syndicate the comic strip Zits.

2005: Coordinated terrorist bombings in London kills 52 people and injured over 700.