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This Day in History: July

Look back in time and examine the amazing events that happened on this day in history and which helped shape the world as we know it.
This Day in History: July is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short but informative lectures given by different experts on different subjects, that happened in July, including the lunar landing of the Apollo mission, the Sutton Hoo archaeology site, the death of Jane Austen. I enjoyed these brief glimpses into the past.
Date published: 2022-09-28
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Overview

Look back in time and examine the amazing events that happened on this day in history and which helped shape the world as we know it.
July 19, 1799: Rosetta Stone Discovered

01: July 19, 1799: Rosetta Stone Discovered

The Rosetta Stone—a rock inscribed with parallel passages of ancient Greek writing, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and Demotic script—has had quite a history. Follow this chapter of its transient story involving Napoleon and what the black basalt slab meant to him.

9 min
July 27, 1953: The Korean War Ends

02: July 27, 1953: The Korean War Ends

Examine how the Korean War Veterans Memorial came into being and how its different elements pay tribute to the troops and civilians who were involved in the conflict.

8 min
July 6, 1885:  Louis Pasteur Prevents Rabies

03: July 6, 1885: Louis Pasteur Prevents Rabies

After being mauled by a rabid dog on the way to school, a nine-year-old boy named Joseph Meister is brought to the lab of French scientist Louis Pasteur.

4 min
July 16, 1872: Roald Amundsen Is Born

04: July 16, 1872: Roald Amundsen Is Born

Amundsen lived a life of unparalleled adventure, leading the first successful expedition through the Northwest Passage and the first airship flight over the North Pole. But his greatest achievement was undoubtedly his race to the South Pole against British explorer Robert Falcon Scott.

11 min
July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap for Mankind

05: July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap for Mankind

This day in history, July 20, 1969 … at 4:17 pm eastern daylight time, the Apollo 11 lunar module Eagle lands. That same night, American astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first human being to set foot on the moon, followed 19 minutes later by Buzz Aldrin.

8 min
July 18, 1817: Jane Austen Dies

06: July 18, 1817: Jane Austen Dies

It’s said that when Jane Austen died, her family wanted to keep her authorship a secret and out of the public eye. Join Professor Devoney Looser to uncover the full story of how Austen’s life and writing were portrayed after her death, also looking at what built her posthumous fame. The truth is far more complicated than what was speculated at the time.

4 min
July 30, 762: Baghdad Is Founded

07: July 30, 762: Baghdad Is Founded

Baghdad has been described as one of the least hospitable places in the world, but it’s founding on July 30, 762, served as a turning point in the history of the Middle East. Join Professor Eamonn Gearon to see how Baghdad, the political center of the Muslim world at the time, would have a role—and importance—unlike any other urban center on Earth.

12 min
July 13, 586 BCE: Solomon’s Temple Is Destroyed

08: July 13, 586 BCE: Solomon’s Temple Is Destroyed

On or near this date, the temple of the Israelite King Solomon, described in great detail in the Old Testament, was destroyed by the Babylonians. Very little of Solomon’s temple survives today. But one artifact that matches a biblical description offers us a possible glimpse into that long-ago time and place.

6 min
July 28, 1939: The Sutton Hoo Helmet Is Found

09: July 28, 1939: The Sutton Hoo Helmet Is Found

On July 28, 1939, archaeologists excavating the mounds of Sutton Hoo dug up part of an extravagant ship burial, rich with Anglo-Saxon artifacts. The discovery, known as the Sutton Hoo Helmet, still stands as one of the most important archaeological finds on the island of Britain.

10 min