15 July 2012

Timeline July 15 to 18

July 15
1573  Inigo Jones, English architect, painter and designer was born.
1606  The painter Rembrandt Van Rijn was born in Leiden, Netherlands.
1779  Clement Moore, American scholar; wrote The Night Before Christmas, was born.
1799  The Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-Fran├žois Bouchard during Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign.
1870  Rupert's Land and the North-Western Territory are transferred to Canada from the Hudson's Bay Company.

July 16
1377  Coronation of Richard II of England.
1723  Sir Joshua Reynolds, English portrait painter, was born.
1872  Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer, the first to reach the South Pole, was born.
1945  The US exploded its first experimental atomic bomb in the desert near Alamogordo, NM.
1969  Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the moon.

July 17
1717  King George I of Great Britain sails down the River Thames with a barge of 50 musicians, where George Frideric Handel's Water Music is premiered.
1763  John Jacob Astor, German born American founder of the Astor dynasty, was born.
1821  Spain ceded Florida to the US.
1917  With the country at war with Germany the British Royal family changed its name from the German Saxe-Coburg Gotha to Windsor.
1918  Russia's Czar Nicholas II, his wife and five children were executed by the Bolsheviks.
1947  Camilla, Dutchess of Cornwall, wife of Britain's Prince Charles, was born.

July 18
1334  The bishop of Florence blesses the first foundation stone for the new campanile (bell tower) of the Florence Cathedral, designed by the artist Giotto di Bondone.
1872  Britain introduced the concept of voting by secret ballot
1957  Sir Nick Faldo, English golfer, as born.

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