02 July 2012

Timeline July 1 to 2

July 1
1837  A system of the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths is established in England and Wales.
1873  Prince Edward Island joins the Canadian Confederation.
1908  SOS is adopted as the international distress signal.
1946  The US exploded a 20-kiloton atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
1958  Flooding of Canada's St. Lawrence Seaway began.
1969  Britain's Prince Charles was invested as the Prince of Wales.
1980  "O Canada" was proclaimed the national anthem of Canada.
1997  Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule after 156 years as a British Colony.

July 2
1489  Thomas Cranmer, English religious leader and first Protestant archbishop of Canterbury, was born. One of the Oxford Martyrs, he was burned at the stake March 21, 1556.
1679  Europeans first visit Minnesota and see headwaters of Mississippi in an expedition led by Daniel Greysolon de Du Luth.
1937  Aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight at the equator.
1947  An object that the Army Air Force later said was a weather balloon crashed near Roswell, NM.
1997  James Stewart, actor, died at age 89

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