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Saturday 11 July 2020 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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  • In 2017 researchers at George Washington University reveal a new prototype solar cell with 44.5 percent efficiency.
  • 1990 – Oka Crisis: First Nations land dispute in Quebec, Canada begins.
  • 1979 – America's first space station, Skylab, is destroyed as it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere over the Indian Ocean.
  • 1972 – The first game of the World Chess Championship 1972 between challenger Bobby Fischer and defending champion Boris Spassky starts.
  • 1962 – First transatlantic satellite television transmission.
  • 1962 – Project Apollo: At a press conference, NASA announces lunar orbit rendezvous as the means to land astronauts on the Moon, and return them to Earth.
  • 1960 – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is first published, in the United States.
  • 1941 – The Northern Rhodesian Labour Party holds its first congress in Nkana.
  • 1936 – The Triborough Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic.
  • 1922 – The Hollywood Bowl opens.
  • 1921 – Former President of the United States William Howard Taft is sworn in as 10th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, becoming the only person ever to hold both offices.
  • 1914 – USS Nevada (BB-36) is launched.
  • 1906 – Murder of Grace Brown by Chester Gillette in the United States, inspiration for Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy.
  • 1897 – Salomon August Andrée leaves Spitsbergen to attempt to reach the North Pole by balloon. He later crashes and dies.
  • 1895 – Brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière demonstrate movie film technology to scientists.
  • 1893 – The first cultured pearl is obtained by Kokichi Mikimoto.
  • 1889 – Tijuana, Mexico, is founded.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Fort Stevens; Confederate forces attempt to invade Washington, D.C.
  • 1848 – Waterloo railway station in London opens.
  • 1804 – A duel occurs in which the Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton.
  • 1801 – French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons makes his first comet discovery. In the next 27 years he discovers another 36 comets, more than any other person in history.
  • 1798 – The United States Marine Corps is re-established; they had been disbanded after the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1796 – The United States takes possession of Detroit from Great Britain under terms of the Jay Treaty.
  • 1750 – Halifax, Nova Scotia is almost completely destroyed by fire.
  • 1735 – Mathematical calculations suggest that it is on this day that dwarf planet Pluto moved inside the orbit of Neptune for the last time before 1979.
  • 1576 – Martin Frobisher sights Greenland.
  • 1405 – Ming admiral Zheng He sets sail to explore the world for the first time.

Births

  • 1993 – Rebecca Bross, American gymnast
  • 1990 – Patrick Peterson, American football player
  • 1985 – Robert Adamson, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1984 – Jacoby Jones, American football player
  • 1984 – Joe Pavelski, American ice hockey player
  • 1984 – Tanith Belbin, Canadian-American ice dancer
  • 1983 – Peter Cincotti, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1982 – Chris Cooley, American football player
  • 1981 – Andre Johnson, American football player
  • 1980 – Kevin Powers, American soldier and author
  • 1977 – Brandon Short, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1976 – Eduardo Nájera, Mexican-American basketball player and coach
  • 1975 – Lil' Kim, American rapper and producer
  • 1975 – Willie Anderson, American football player
  • 1971 – Leisha Hailey, Japanese-American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1970 – Eric Owens, American opera singer
  • 1970 – Justin Chambers, American actor
  • 1968 – Esera Tuaolo, American football player
  • 1967 – Andy Ashby, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1967 – Jhumpa Lahiri, Indian American novelist and short story writer
  • 1966 – Rod Strickland, American basketball player and coach
  • 1965 – Scott Shriner, American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1963 – Lisa Rinna, American actress and talk show host
  • 1960 – David Baerwald, American singer-songwriter, composer, and musician
  • 1959 – Richie Sambora, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1959 – Suzanne Vega, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1956 – Amitav Ghosh, Indian-American author and academic
  • 1956 – Sela Ward, American actress
  • 1953 – Leon Spinks, American boxer
  • 1953 – Mindy Sterling, American actress
  • 1953 – Peter Brown, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1951 – Ed Ott, American baseball player and coach
  • 1950 – Bonnie Pointer, American singer
  • 1947 – Jeff Hanna, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and drummer
  • 1946 – Martin Wong, American painter (d. 1999)
  • 1944 – Lou Hudson, American basketball player and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1944 – Patricia Polacco, American author and illustrator
  • 1943 – Howard Gardner, American psychologist and academic
  • 1943 – Tom Holland, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1941 – Bill Boggs, American journalist and producer
  • 1935 – Frederick Hemke, American saxophonist and educator
  • 1934 – Giorgio Armani, Italian fashion designer, founded the Armani Company
  • 1933 – Frank Kelso, American admiral and politician, United States Secretary of the Navy (d. 2013)
  • 1933 – Jim Carlen, American football player and coach (d. 2012)
  • 1932 – Alex Hassilev, French-born American folk singer and musician (The Limeliters)
  • 1931 – Dick Gray, American baseball player (d. 2013)
  • 1931 – Tab Hunter, American actor and singer
  • 1931 – Thurston Harris, American doo-wop singer (d. 1990)
  • 1930 – Harold Bloom, American literary critic
  • 1930 – Trevor Storer, English businessman, founded Pukka Pies (d. 2013)
  • 1928 – Bobo Olson, American boxer (d. 2002)
  • 1927 – Theodore Maiman, American-Canadian physicist and engineer (d. 2007)
  • 1926 – Frederick Buechner, American minister, theologian, and author
  • 1925 – Peter Kyros, American lawyer and politician (d. 2012)
  • 1924 – Brett Somers, Canadian-American actress and singer (d. 2007)
  • 1923 – Richard Pipes, Polish-American historian and academic
  • 1922 – Gene Evans, American actor (d. 1998)
  • 1920 – Zecharia Sitchin, Russian-American author (d. 2010)
  • 1916 – Mortimer Caplin, American tax attorney, educator, and IRS Commissioner
  • 1913 – Cordwainer Smith, American sinologist, author, and academic (d. 1966)
  • 1912 – William F. Walsh, American captain and politician, 48th Mayor of Syracuse (d. 2011)
  • 1910 – Irene Hervey, American actress (d. 1998)
  • 1903 – Sidney Franklin, American bullfighter (d. 1976)
  • 1899 – E. B. White, American essayist and journalist (d. 1985)
  • 1897 – Bull Connor, American police officer (d. 1973)
  • 1892 – Thomas Mitchell, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1962)
  • 1882 – James Larkin White, American miner, explorer, and park ranger (d. 1946)
  • 1881 – Isabel Martin Lewis, American astronomer and author (d. 1955?)
  • 1850 – Annie Armstrong, American missionary (d. 1938)
  • 1767 – John Quincy Adams, American lawyer and politician, 6th President of the United States (d. 1848)
  • 1653 – Sarah Good, American woman accused of witchcraft (d. 1692)

Deaths

  • 2015 – James U. Cross, American general (b. 1925)
  • 2015 – Lawrence K. Karlton, American lawyer and judge (b. 1935)
  • 2014 – Bill McGill, American basketball player (b. 1939)
  • 2014 – Charlie Haden, American bassist and composer (b. 1937)
  • 2014 – John Seigenthaler, American journalist and academic (b. 1927)
  • 2014 – Randall Stout, American architect, designed the Taubman Museum of Art (b. 1958)
  • 2014 – Tommy Ramone, Hungarian-American drummer and producer (b. 1949)
  • 2013 – Emik Avakian, Iranian-American inventor (b. 1923)
  • 2013 – Eugene P. Wilkinson, American admiral (b. 1918)
  • 2012 – Art Ceccarelli, American baseball player and coach (b. 1930)
  • 2012 – Donald J. Sobol, American soldier and author (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – Marion Cunningham, American author (b. 1922)
  • 2012 – Marvin Traub, American businessman and author (b. 1925)
  • 2012 – Richard Scudder, American journalist and publisher, co-founded MediaNews Group (b. 1913)
  • 2011 – Rob Grill, American singer-songwriter and bass player (b. 1943)
  • 2010 – Walter Hawkins, American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and pastor (b. 1949)
  • 2009 – Reg Fleming, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1936)
  • 2008 – Michael E. DeBakey, American surgeon and educator (b. 1908)
  • 2007 – Lady Bird Johnson, American beautification activist; 43rd First Lady of the United States (b. 1912)
  • 2007 – Ed Mirvish, American-Canadian businessman and philanthropist, founded Honest Ed's (b. 1914)
  • 2006 – Barnard Hughes, American actor (b. 1915)
  • 2005 – Frances Langford, American actress and singer (b. 1913)
  • 2004 – Laurance Rockefeller, American financier and philanthropist (b. 1910)
  • 1999 – Helen Forrest, American singer (b. 1917)
  • 1994 – Gary Kildall, American computer scientist, founded Digital Research (b. 1942)
  • 1987 – Yaakov Yitzchok Ruderman, American rabbi and scholar (b. 1901)
  • 1983 – Ross Macdonald, American-Canadian author (b. 1915)
  • 1971 – John W. Campbell, American journalist and author (b. 1910)
  • 1966 – Delmore Schwartz, American poet and short story writer (b. 1913)
  • 1937 – George Gershwin, American pianist, songwriter, and composer (b. 1898)
  • 1909 – Simon Newcomb, Canadian-American astronomer and mathematician (b. 1835)
  • 1825 – Thomas P. Grosvenor, American soldier and politician (b. 1744)
  • 1806 – James Smith, Irish-American lawyer and politician (b. 1719)
  • 1775 – Simon Boerum, American farmer and politician (b. 1724)
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