July 7, 2005 -
Four bomb explosions struck London's transport system during the morning rush on this date. Three Underground trains were hit within half an hour, and a double-decker bus joined the toll, thirty minutes later.
A group calling itself "The Secret Organization of al-Qaida in Europe" posted a claim of responsibility, saying they were in retaliation for Britain's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over fifty people were killed and more than 700 injured.
What we're listening to on the beach -
You Never Need Nobody by the Lone Bellows
Can You Get to That by Mavis Staples
Today is -
Father-Daughter take a walk together day,
Bonza Bottler Day. An excuse to celebrate. This happens every month when the day and the date are the same number. (May 5, June 6, July 7, etc.).
Chocolate Day (If you're a chocoholic, then you have two more chocolate days to celebrate! World Chocolate Day is on September 4 and National Chocolate Day is on October 28.)
Remember kids, chocolate is actually the seed pod of the fruit of the cocoa tree - so it must be healthy for you, eat up.
And National Strawberry Sundae Day -
Remember it's Richard Starkey birthday today. And all he has to show for it is a photograph.
And I believe he still won't sign it for you.
July 7, 1984 -
The single Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood became Britain's all-time best-selling single (at the time) on this date.
This was a huge hit in England, where it stayed on the UK charts for 48 weeks, 5 at #1. It got some help from the BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read, who refused to play it. This helped stir interest in the song and made it a cult favorite. Six months after the song hit #1, it climbed back to #2.
Today in History:
July 7, 1456 -
A retrial verdict acquitted Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death on this date.
The pile of ashes that was Joan was unsurprisingly silent upon hearing the news.
July 7, 1865 -
Mary Surratt, Lewis Powell, David Herold and George Atzerodt, convicted co-conspirators of the Lincoln assassination were hanged in the Old Arsenal Penitentiary on this date.
Unfortunately, the conspirators dropped about five or six feet, which proved insufficient to break their necks. They were allowed to hang for 25 minutes to ensue the job, if not done well, was at least completed. Mary Surratt became the first woman executed by the United States.
July 7, 1928 –
Wonder no more where the expression came from -
Sliced bread was sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri, on this date.
It is described as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped".
July 7. 1946 -
Our favorite, germophobe, bisexual billionaire Howard Hughes was puled out, barely alive, from the fiery wreckage of an XF-11 reconnaissance plane that Hughes was testing over Beverly Hills, by, William Durkin, a US Master Sergeant, who happened to be in the area, on this date.
Hughes' injuries were extensive;including a crushed collar bone, 24 broken ribs and numerous third-degree burns. Miraculuosly, he survives, although he is never quite the same. It's believed that Hughes' long-term addiction to codeine was a result of his convalescence from this near fatal accident.
On July 7, 1947, the US Army sends a team of men to a reported crash site near Roswell, New Mexico. This 'recovery' has become the subject of intense speculation, rumor and questioning. There are widely divergent views on what actually happened and passionate debate about what evidence can be believed. The United States military maintains that what was recovered was a top-secret research balloon that had crashed.
Many UFO proponents believe the wreckage was of a crashed alien craft and that the military covered up the craft's recovery. The incident has turned into a widely-recognized and referred to pop culture phenomenon, and for some, Roswell is synonymous with UFOs. It likely ranks as the most famous alleged UFO incident.
Remember, the Truth is out there.
July 7, 1952 -
During her first Atlantic crossing, the SS United States crossed the finish line in the great race for the fastest Atlantic crossing ever.
To this day, no other liner has ever come close to her speed record in that maiden crossing - in a record 82 hours, 40 minutes.
On July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley recorded That's All Right, at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, as a gift for his mother.
On June 7, 1954 WHBQ Radio in Memphis became the first station to play this song when their disc jockey Dewey Phillips aired it on his Red, Hot and Blue show .
And so it goes.