18 July 2012

Timeline July 19 to 21

July 19
1814  Samuel Colt, American firearms manufacturer, was born.
1941  British Prime Minister Winston Churchill launched his "V for Victory" campaign in Europe.
1963  Joe Walker flies a North American X-15 to a record altitude of 106,010 metres (347,800 feet) on X-15 Flight 90. Exceeding an altitude of 100 km, this flight qualifies as a human spaceflight under international convention.
1969  Apollo 11 and its astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins, went into orbit around the moon.

July 20
356 BC  Alexander the Great, Greek king of Macedonia and conqueror of Persia (d. 323 BC)
1738  Canadian explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de La Vérendrye reaches the western shore of Lake Michigan.
1804  Richard Owen, English biologist (d. 1892). He coined the word Dinosauria (meaning "Terrible Reptile").
1871  British Columbia joined the confederation as a Canadian province.
1917  The WW I draft lottery began in the US.
1969  Astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.

July 21
1865  In the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first western showdown.
1899  Ernest Hemingway, author, was born in Oak Park, IL.
1911  Marshall McLuhan, Canadian communications theorist and educator was born.
1925  Sir Malcolm Campbell becomes the first man to break the 150 mph (241 km/h) land barrier at Pendine Sands in Wales.
1961  Capt. Virgil "Gus" Grissom became the second American to sub orbit the Eath.

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