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On this day in 1919, race riots began in Washington, D.C., during the period of increased anti-Black violence known as Red Summer. Learn more about Red Summer in an episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class at https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/red-summer-1919.htm

Football War cease-fire - July 18, 1969

On this day in 1969, a cease-fire was called in the so-called Football War, or Soccer War, between El Salvador and Honduras. 

Mary Leakey discovered Paranthropus boisei skull - July 17, 1959

On this day in 1959, paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey discovered the skull of a hominin called Paranthropus boisei, also known as Zinj or the Nutcracker Man.

Elizabeth Jennings removed from streetcar in New York - July 16, 1854

On this day in 1854, Elizabeth Jennings was forcefully removed from a segregated streetcar in New York. Learn more about Elizabeth Jennings Graham in an episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class at https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/elizabeth-jennings-graham.htm.

Maggie L. Walker born - July 15, 1864

On this day in 1864, Maggie Walker was born. 

Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring passed - July 14, 1933

On this day in 1933, Nazi Germany passed the Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring.

First FIFA World Cup - July 13, 1930

On this day in 1930, Uruguay hosted the first FIFA World Cup. 

William Walker usurped Nicaraguan presidency - July 12, 1856

On this day in 1856, American filibuster William Walker set himself up as president of Nicaragua. 

Andrée's Arctic balloon expedition began - July 11, 1897

On this day in 1897, S. A. Andrée, Nils Strindberg, and Knut Fraenkel began their doomed journey to the North Pole on a hot air balloon.

Nicolás Guillén born - July 10, 1902

On this day 1902, Cuban writer and activist Nicolás Guillén was born.

Great Train Wreck of 1918 - July 9, 1918

Great Train Wreck of 1918 - July 9, 1918 | The Great Train Wreck of 1918 happened on this day when two trains in Nashville collided head-on, killing and injuring hundreds of people. You can learn more about the disaster in an episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class at https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/great-train-wreck-of-1918.htm

Roswell Incident press release issued - July 8, 1947

On this day in 1947, Roswell Army Air Field issued a press release saying a flying saucer had been found near Roswell, New Mexico. 

First wrapped, automatically sliced loaves of bread sold - July 7, 1928

On this day in 1928, the Chillicothe Baking Company sold the first pre-sliced, wrapped loaves of bread. 

Piper Alpha disaster - July 6, 1988

On this day, the Piper Alpha oil rig exploded and caught fire. 

Dolly the Sheep born - July 5, 1996

On this day in 1996, the cloned sheep Dolly was born. 

Mars Pathfinder landed on Mars - July 4, 1997

On this day in 1997, Mars Pathfinder landed on Mars. 

World speed record for steam locomotive set - July 3, 1938

On this day in 1938, the world speed record for steam locomotives was set when Mallard went 126 miles per hour. 

Patrice Lumumba born - July 2, 1925

On this day in 1925, Congolese politician, Pan-Africanist, and independence leader Patrice Lumumba was born.

Ghana declared a republic - July 1, 1960

On this day in 1960, Ghana was declared a republic, and Kwame Nkrumah was inaugurated as president.

Tunguska event - June 30, 1908

On this day in 1908, an explosion occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in Russia that was likely caused by a meteorite or comet bursting.