This Day in History: July
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.
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.
03: July 6, 1885: Louis Pasteur Prevents Rabies
Examine how French scientist Louis Pasteur brought forth a major advancement in vaccine immunology by inoculating a boy infected with rabies with a weakened form of the rabies virus.
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.
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.