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The GeneaBloggersTRIBE leadership team compiled this calendar of ideas with the help of Chase’s Calendar of Events. As you look at the listings, think how they might relate to your genealogical research, stories of handed down the family tree, historical context for you ancestors, or your own memories.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Birthday – Anniversary
Jul 28 all-day

July 28, 1929. Editor, widow of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (35thpresident of the US), born at Southampton, NY. Later married (Oct 20, 1968) Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Socrates Onassis, who died Mar 15, 1975. The widely admired and respected former first lady died May 19, 1994, at New York City.

Singing Telegram – Anniversary
Jul 28 all-day

July 28, 1933. Anniversary of the first singing telegram, said to have been delivered to singer Rudy Vallee on his 32nd birthday. Early singing telegrams often were delivered in person by uniformed messengers onbicycle. Later they were usually sung over the telephone.

Veterans Bonus Army Eviction – Anniversary
Jul 28 all-day

July 28, 1932. Some 15,000 unemployed veterans of WWI marchedon Washington, DC, in the summer of 1932, demanding payment of a war bonus. After two months encampment in Washingtons Anacostia Flats, eviction of the bonus marchers by the US Army was ordered by President Herbert Hoover. Under the leadership of General Douglas MacArthur, Major Dwight D. Eisenhower and Major George S. Patton, Jr (among others), cavalry, tanks and infantry attacked. Fixed bayonets, tear gas and the burning of the veterans tents hastened the end of the confrontation. One death was reported.

World War I Begins – Anniversary
Jul 28 all-day

July 28, 1914. Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife were assassinated at Sarajevo, Bosnia, by a Serbian nationalist June 28, 1914, touching off the conflict that became WWI. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia July 28, the formal beginning of the war. Within weeks, Germany entered the war on the side of Austria-Hungary, and Russia, France and Great Britain entered on the side of Serbia.

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NASA established – Anniversary
Jul 29 all-day

On 29 July 1958, President Eisenhower signed a bill creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Read more at

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Peter Jennings’ Birthday – Anniversary
Jul 29 all-day

July 29, 1938. Television news anchor, born at Toronto, ON,Canada, who had immense success as a journalist despite never graduating from high school or college. Jennings was highly respected for his calm delivery and known for his travels around the world, reporting the news wherever it happened. He received 16 Emmy Awards as well as two George Foster Peabody Awards and served as chief anchor of ABC-TVs World News Tonight from 1983 until April 2005, when he announced during his broadcast that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer. He died on Aug 7, 2005, at New York,NY.

USS Indianapolis Sunk – Anniversary
Jul 29 all-day

July 29, 1945. After delivering the atomic bomb to Tinian Island, the American cruiser Indianapolis was headed for Okinawa to train for the invasion of Japan when it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Of 1,196 crew members, more than 350 were immediately killed in the explosion or went down with the ship. There were no rescue ships nearby, and those fortunate enough to survive endured the next 84 hours in ocean waters. By thetime they were spotted by air on Aug 2, only 318 sailors remained alive,the others having either drowned or been eaten by sharks. This is the US Navys worst loss at sea.

Henry Ford’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jul 30 all-day

Henry FordJuly 30, 1863. Industrialist Henry Ford, whose assembly-line method of automobile production revolutionized the industry, was born at Wayne County, MI, on the family farm. His Model T made up half of the worlds output of cars during its years of production. Ford built racing cars until in 1903 he and his partners formed the Ford Motor Company. In 1908 the company presented the Model T, which was produced until 1927, and in 1913 Ford introduced the assembly line and mass production. This innovation reduced the time it took to build each car from 12 hours to only 1 . This enabled Ford to sell cars for $ 500, making automobile ownership a possibility for an unprecedented percentage of the population. He is also remembered for introducing a $ 5-a-day wage for automotive workers and for his statement History is bunk. Died Apr 7, 1947, at age 83 at Dearborn, MI, where his manufacturing complex was located.

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Jimmy Hoffa Disappearance – Anniversary
Jul 30 all-day

July 30, 1975. Former Teamsters Union leader, 62-year-old James Riddle Hoffa was last seen on this date outside a restaurant in Bloomfield Township, near Detroit, MI. His 13-year federal prison sentence had been commuted by President Richard M. Nixon in 1971. On Dec 8, 1982, seven years and 131 days after his disappearance, an Oakland County judge declared Hoffa officially dead as of July 30, 1982.

Paperback Books Introduced – Anniversary
Jul 30 all-day

July 30, 1935. Although books bound in soft covers were first introduced in 1841 at Leipzig, Germany, by Christian Bernhard Tauchnitz,the modern paperback revolution dates to the publication of the first Penguin paperback by Sir Allen Lane at London, England, in 1935. Penguin Number 1 was Ariel, a life of Shelley by Andre Maurois.

First US Government Building – Anniversary
Jul 31 all-day

On 31 July 1792, the cornerstone of the Philadelphia Mint was laid in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

US Patent Office Opens – Anniversary
Jul 31 all-day

On 31 July 1790, the first US patent office opened its doors. The first patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a new method of making potash. More information at

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Colorado: Admission Day
Aug 1 all-day

Colorado Admission Day state seal Colorado was admitted as the 38th state of the union on 1 August 1876.

Data Backup Day
Aug 1 all-day

Data Backup Day On the first day of each month, the genealogy community is urged to back up their genealogy data and all computer data.


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Emancipation of 500 – 226th Anniversary
Aug 1 all-day

Aug 1, 1791. Virginia planter Robert Carter III confounded hisfamily and friends by filing a deed of emancipation for his 500 slaves. One of the wealthiest men in the state, Carter owned 60,000 acres over 18 plantations. The deed included the following words: I have for some time past been convinced that to retain them in Slavery is contrary to the true principles of Religion and Justice and therefore it is my duty to manumit them. The document established a schedule by which 15 slaves would be freed each Jan 1, over a 21-year period, plus slave children would be freed at age 18 for females and 21 for males. It is believed this was the largest actof emancipation in US history and predated the Emancipation Proclamation by 70 years.

First US Census – Anniversary
Aug 1 all-day

First U.S. Census Taken Seal Aug 1, 1790. The first census revealed that there were 3,939,326 citizens in the 16 states and the Ohio Territory. The US has taken a census every 10 years since 1790.

Francis Scott Key’s Birthday – Anniversary
Aug 1 all-day

Aug 1, 1779. American attorney, social worker, poet and author of the US national anthem. While on a legal mission, Key was detained on a ship off Baltimore, MD, during the British bombardment of Fort McHenry on the night of Sept 13 14, 1814. Thrilled to see the American flag still flying over the fort at daybreak, Key wrote the poem The Star-SpangledBanner. Printed in the Baltimore American Sept 21, 1814, it was soon popularly sung to the music of an old English tune, Anacreon in Heaven. Itdid not become the official US national anthem until 117 years later when, on Mar 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed into law an act for that purpose. Key was born at Frederick County, MD, and died at Baltimore, Jan 11, 1843.

MTV Premieres – Anniversary
Aug 1 all-day

The all music video channel MTV debuted on 1 August 1981.

World Wide Web – Anniversary
Aug 1 all-day

Aug 1, 1990. The creation of what would become the World Wide Web was suggested this month in 1990 by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliauat CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics at Switzerland. By October they had designed a prototype Web browser. They also introduced HTML (hypertext markup language) and the URL (universal resource locator). Mosaic, the first graphical Web browser, was designed by Marc Andreessen andreleased in 1993. By early 1993 there were 50 Web servers worldwide.

James Baldwin’s Birthday – Anniversary
Aug 2 all-day

Aug 2, 1924. Black American author noted for descriptions of black life in the US. Born at New York, NY. His best-known work, Go Tell It on the Mountain, was published in 1953. Died at St. Paul-de-Vence, France, Nov 30, 1987.

Official Signing of the Declaration of Independence – Anniversary
Aug 2 all-day

Aug 2, 1776. Contrary to widespread misconceptions, the 56 signers did not sign as a group and did not do so July 4, 1776. John Hancockand Charles Thomson signed only draft copies that day, the official day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress. The signing of the official declaration occurred Aug 2, 1776, when 50 men probably took part. Later that year, five more apparently signed separately, and one added his name in a subsequent year.

National Watermelon Day
Aug 3 all-day

Did you know that watermelon is 92% water? Show off your love of watermelon on National Watermelon Day.

Borden Ax Murders – Anniversary
Aug 4 all-day

Aug 4, 1892. In a grisly scene, Andrew Jackson Borden, a wealthy area merchant, was found hacked to death in the parlor of his Fall River, MA, home. The body of his second wife, Abby Durfee Borden, lay upstairs. Lizzie Andrew Borden, home at the time, had discovered her fathers lifeless form. She was arrested and tried for the murders, but the lack of solid evidence against her led to Bordens eventual acquittal. Debate over her guilt, innocence and motive has raged ever since.

Civil Rights Workers Found Slain – Anniversary
Aug 4 all-day

Aug 4, 1964. After disappearing on June 21, three civil rights workers were found murdered and buried in an earthen dam outside Philadelphia, MS. The three young men were workers on the Mississippi Summer Project organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to increase black voter registration. Prior to their disappearance, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were detained by Neshoba County police on charges of speeding. When their car was found, burned, on June 23, President Lyndon Johnson ordered an FBI search for the men.

Coast Guard Day
Aug 4 all-day

Celebrates anniversary of founding of the Revenue Cutter Service in 1790, which merged with the Life Saving Service in 1915 to become theUS Coast Guard.

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