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Looking for Content Sparks? Our Calendar of Ideas should help you find creative topics for your blog or site. You can also use our Daily Prompts for inspiration.

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.

Jul
24
Wed
Aunties Day
Jul 24 all-day

July 26th. This day thanks, honors and celebrates the aunt in a childs life, whether she is an Auntie by Relation (ABR), Auntie by Choice (ABC) or godmother, for everything she does for a child not-her-own. The day is especially poignant for the 23 million American women who identify as PANKs, or Professional Aunts No Kids. Annually, the fourth Sunday inJuly.

Cousins Day
Jul 24 all-day

Cousins Day is a day to celebrate, honor and appreciate all cousins, living and past.

Detroit Founded – Anniversary
Jul 24 all-day

City of Detroit MichiganJuly 24, 1701. Anniversary of the landing at the site of Detroit by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac in the service of Louis XIV of France. Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit was the first settlement on site.

Photo Credit: Public Domain photo from Pixabay.com

National Drive-Thru Day
Jul 24 all-day

July 24. After WWII, California sunshine and a love affair with automobiles spurred the growth of roadside businesses in the Golden Statecatering specifically to motorists. As Americas first major drive-throughhamburger chain, Jack in the Box restaurants (founded in 1951) helped pave the way for a delicious new dining experience.

Parents Day (US)
Jul 24 all-day

July 24. To pay tribute to the men and women across our countrywhose devotion as parents strengthens our society and forms the foundationfor a bright future for America. Public Law 103-362. Annually, the fourthSunday in July.

Pioneer Day (Utah)
Jul 24 all-day

Pioneer Day Pioneer Day is a state holiday in Utah celebrating the day thatBrigham Young and his followers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley.

Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons, Public Domain

Jul
25
Thu
Andrea Doria sinks – 60th Anniversary
Jul 25 all-day

July 25, 1956. The Italian luxury liner collided with the Stockholm, a Swedish liner, on its way to New York. Other ships in the area came to the aid of the Andrea Doria. During the ordeal 1,634 people were rescued, including the captain and the crew.

First Test Tube Baby Born – Anniversary
Jul 25 all-day

July 25, 1978. Anniversary of the birth of Louise Brown at Oldham, England. First documented birth of a baby conceived outside the body of a woman. The attending physicians were Patrick Christopher Steptoe and Robert Geoffrey Edwards.

Jul
26
Fri
Americans With Disabilities Act – Anniversary
Jul 26 all-day

July 26, 1990. President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, which went into effect two years later. It required that public facilities be made accessible to people with disabilities. More information is available at http://adaanniversary.org/.

Image Credit: Wikipedia Commons

US Army First Desegregation – Anniversary
Jul 26 all-day

July 26, 1944. During WWII the US Army ordered desegregation of its training camp facilities. Later the same year black platoons were assigned to white companies in a tentative step toward integration of the battlefield. However, it was not until after the war July 26, 1948 that President Harry Truman signed an order officially integrating the armed forces.

Jul
27
Sat
Insulin First Isolated – Anniversary
Jul 27 all-day

July 27, 1921. Dr. Frederick Banting and his assistant at the University of Toronto Medical School, Charles Best, gave insulin to a dogwhose pancreas had been removed. In 1922 insulin was first administered toa diabetic 14-year-old boy.

Korean Conflict Armistice – Anniversary
Jul 27 all-day

July 27, 1953. Armistice agreement ending war that had lasted three years and 32 days was signed at Panmunjom, Korea (July 26, US time), by US and North Korean delegates. Both sides claimed victory at conclusion of two years and 17 days of truce negotiations.

Jul
28
Sun
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.  http://history1900s.about.com/od/worldwari/p/World-War-I.htm

Image Credit: Wikipedia Commons

Jul
29
Mon
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 http://history.nasa.gov/.

Image credit:  NASA

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.

Jul
30
Tue
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.

Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons

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.

Jul
31
Wed
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 http://www.uspto.gov/.

Image Credit: Wikipedia Commons

Aug
1
Thu
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.

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