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July 6 serves better as a “Today in Tyranny” marker than anything positive, at least when you consider these events: 1415 – Jan Hus was burned at the stake. 1535 – Sir Thomas More was executed for treason against King Henry VIII of England. 1887 – David Kalakaua, monarch of


The Liberty Bell left Philadelphia by special train on its way to the Panama–Pacific International Exposition, on July 5, 1915 — the last trip outside Philadelphia that the custodians of the bell intend to permit. In 1937 on this date, Spam, the luncheon meat, was introduced into the market by

The Fourth

July Fourth events include: 1054 – A supernova was spotted by Chinese, Arab, and possibly Amerindian observers near the star Zeta Tauri, remaining, for several months, bright enough to be seen during the day. Its remnants form the Crab Nebula. 1776 — The Second Continental Congress approved the Declaration of

Happy Birthday, Dave

July 3 marks the 1947 birthday of Dave Barry, American columnist and author. Five years later on the same date, Puerto Rico’s Constitution was approved by the Congress of the United States.

Lee Resolution

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress un-tabled the Lee Resolution and voted to sever ties with the Kingdom of Great Britain. One year later, to the day, Vermont became the first American territory to abolish slavery.

Lew Rockwell

On July 1, 1944, American activist and founder of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Lew Rockwell, was born.

Dial 999

On June 30, 1801, Frédéric Bastiat was born. Bastiat became one of the most important French Liberal School economists, following Condilliac and Jean-Baptiste Say, best known for his books Economic Harmonies and Economic Sophisms and two monographs, “The Seen and the Unseen,” and “The Law.” He was a brilliant stylist


On June 29, 1914, the day after the shooting of the Archduke Ferdinand and his wife, Austrian interrogations confirmed that the Serbian government was behind the assassination. Serbia denied involvement. Thus continued the series of events that led to “The Great War,” now known as “World War I.”

June the 28th

June 28 birthdays include that of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, philosopher, in 1712. On this date in 1914, 19-year-old Gavril Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, and the Archduke’s wife Sophie. The Archduke had earlier missed a bomb thrown at his car, which necessitated a change in the

Mauser, Goldman, Keller

Paul von Mauser was born on June 27, 1838, and would go on to become a weapons designer. In 1869, Emma Goldman was born, to later become known as a feminist, anarchist, and early leftist opponent of Soviet Communism. In 1880, Helen Keller was born on this date.

Emperor Julian

On June 26, 363, Roman Emperor Julian was killed during the retreat from the Sassanid Empire. On this same date in 1960, Madagascar gained its independence from France; in 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy gave his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech.

Tenth State to ratify Constitution

Virginia became the tenth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, on June 25, 1788. Other events on the 25th of June include Custer dying at the Battle of Little Bighorn (1876); Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird debuting (1910), with the composer becoming an instant celebrity; and Civil War veterans began

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