Right Now in This Day in History Class

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.

Moctezuma II died - June 29, 1520

On this day in 1520, Aztec emperor Moctezuma died, either at the hands of Spaniards or Aztecs unhappy with his rule.

Stonewall raid and riots - June 28, 1969

On this day in 1968, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, sparking nights of riots that became a major moment of resistance in the history of the LGBTQ rights movement.

E.R. Braithwaite born - June 27, 1912

On this day in 1912, writer, social worker, teacher, and diplomat E.R. Braithwaite was born. 

Big Bill Broonzy born - June 26, 1893 or 1903

On this day in 1893 or 1903, blues musician Big Bill Broonzy was born. 

First photo to illustrate newspaper report taken - June 25, 1848

Charles-François Thibault took three photos during the June Days uprising on this day and the following in 1848. Two of them became the first photos to accompany a newspaper report. 

Dancing mania outbreak - June 24, 1374

On this day in 1374, a dancing mania outbreak began in Aachen, Germany.

Battle of Zacatecas - June 23, 1914

The bloodiest battle in the revolution to overthrow Victoriano Huerta -- the Battle of Zacatecas, or La Toma de Zacatecas -- took place on this day in 1914.

Galileo sentenced by Inquisition - June 22, 1633

On this day in history, the Roman Inquisition sentenced Galileo Galilei for being "vehemently suspect of heresy."

Ferris wheel debuted - June 21, 1893

On this day in 1893, the Ferris Wheel debuted at the World's Fair in Chicago. 

Siege of the Legation Quarter began - June 20, 1900

On this day in 1900, the seige of the Legation Quarter in Beijing, China, during the Boxer Rebellion began. https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/boxer-rebellion.htm

Abolition of slavery announced in Texas (Juneteenth) - June 19, 1865

On this day in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger announced the abolition of slavery in Galveston, Texas. The day is now commemorated as Juneteenth.