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July 1: This Day That Year

July 1

- 1847 - 1st US postage stamps go on sale.

- 1858 - Canadian coins minted (1, 5, 10 and 20 cents) for the first time.

- 1874 - USA: 1st zoo opens (Philadelphia).

- 1903 - 1st Tour de France bicycle race.

- 1905 - Albert Einstein introduces his theory of special relativity.

- 1906 - Birthday: Estée Lauder, CEO (Estée Lauder cosmetics) born in New York City (died April, 24 2004, age 96).

- 1908 - "SOS" (· · · – – – · · ·) distress signal becomes the worldwide standard for help.

- 1929 - Popeye was created by US cartoonist Elzie Segar.

- 1941 - 1st ever network TV commercial, Bulova Watch Co pays $9 for it.

- 1960 - The independent Somali Democratic Republic aka Somalia, is formed out of former British and Italian territories.

- 1961 - Birthday: Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, born in Sandringham, England (died August 31, 1997, age 36).

- 1966 - NASA launches spacecraft Explorer 33

- 1971 - 26th Amendment, which lowers the voting age from 21 to 18, is ratified and becomes part of the US Constitution.

- 1973 - USA: Tom Bradley becomes the 38th Mayor of LA, the first African-American to hold the position.

- 1974 - Juan Perón, President of Argentina (1946-55, 73-74), dies because of a heart attack (born Oct 8, 1895, age 78).

- 1980 - 'O Canada' officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.

- 2004 - Marlon Brando, American actor (The Godfather) dies (born Born: April 3, 1924, age 80).

- 2012 - Kenya: 17 people killed and 45 injured in an attack on two churches in Garissa.

- 2013 - Pakistan: 47 people killed and 90 injured in two bomb blasts.

- 2015 - USA and Cuba announce agreement to re-open embassies and establish full diplomatic relations.

- 2016 - Bangladesh: Islamic militants attack a cafe in Dhaka, killing 20 hostages and 2 police officers.

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