Once Upon A Time – July 19 – 1903 – 1st Tour De France: French Rider Maurice Garin Wins Inaugural Event

1595 Astronomer Johannes Kepler has an epiphany and develops his theory of the geometrical basis of the universe while teaching in Graz

1843 The steamship SS Great Britain is launched, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull or screw propeller and the largest vessel afloat in the world

1848 1st US women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls NY, organised by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott

1941 British PM Winston Churchill launches his “V for Victory” campaign

Historical Events Today

Today In Film & TV

1941 Tom and Jerry first appear under their own names in cartoon “The Midnight Snack” by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera

Today In Music

1913 Billboard publishes earliest known “Last Week’s 10 Best Sellers Among Popular Songs”; “Malinda’s Wedding Day” by singers Byron Harlan and Arthur Collins is #1 (recorded in Camden, New Jersey)

Today In Sport

1877 1st Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: 27-year-old English rackets player Spencer Gore wins inaugural event; beats William Marshall 6-1, 6-2, 6-4

1903 1st Tour de France: French rider Maurice Garin wins inaugural event

More Facts….

2001 Michael Brunet discovers the skull of Sahelanthropus tchadensis in the Djurab Desert, Chad. One of the oldest known species in the human family tree, 6-7 million years ago years old

2017 US scientists calculate total amount plastic ever produced – 8.3 billion tonnes, equal to weight of 1 billion elephants

Famous Weddings

1770 Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson (37) weds land and estate owner Mary Norris (30) in a civil ceremony

1928 Physicist Enrico Fermi (26) weds writer Laura Capon in Rome, Italy

1932 “Rebecca” author Daphne Du Maurier (25) weds commander of the I Airborne Corps Lt. Gen. Frederick Browning (35)

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