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Entries for July, 2011

Bastille Day

On 14 July 1789, an angry mob of Parisians stormed the Bastille, a fortress-prison known for holding political prisoners.  As it so happened, there were only 7 inmates at the time.  98 attackers and only 1 defender died in the actual fighting, and there was nothing much there to gain, so the storming of the […]

Warhol Soup

Andy Warhol’s first one-man gallery exhibition opened on 9 July 1962 in the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles.  In this exhibition were 32 canvases, one for each variety of Campbell’s soup available at the time.  To say that the exhibition and the paintings of soup cans went over “like a turd in the punchbowl” would […]


There seems to be some confusion about the dates when rancher “Mack” Brazel noticed strange debris around his ranch outside of Roswell, New Mexico.  But on 8 July 1947, the Roswell Daily Record reported that the Roswell Army Air Field staff had recovered a crashed “flying disk” from Brazel’s ranch.  Although now part of UFO […]

Video Games Day

July 8th is Video Games Day, so you’ve now got an excellent excuse to fritter away the rest of the day doing nothing more productive than shooting zombies, slaying dragons, flinging birds at pigs, bowling virtually, chomping up little dots, or shooting asteroids.  Okay, so a couple of those kinda date me.  Video games are […]

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