Browsing: July 11

A Brief History This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on July 11th.  For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event. Digging Deeper On July 11, 1893, after five years of work and nearly broke, Mikimoto Kokichi finally produced cultured pearls, starting a new industry and providing high quality pearls to the masses. On July 11, 1893, Mikimoto Kokochi of Japan invented a way to make cultured pearls, making pearl jewelry available to millions of women. On July 11, 1914, the major league career of…

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A Brief History On July 11, 1979, America’s first space station, Skylab, reentered Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean and Australia. Digging Deeper Launched in 1973, to great public excitement, Skylab is the only space station to be operated only by the US.  Children were invited by NASA to submit ideas for experiments to be conducted on Skylab, and the author of this article submitted an experiment with welding in space.  The experiment was not accepted, but a participation letter was issued. Skylab was only occupied for 171 of the over 2200 days it spent in orbit, its…

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A Brief History On July 11, 2016, we ran an article we called Scumbag of the Year Awards (First Half) 2016.  Today, we take another look at this sordid subject with an eye on the first half of 2022.  Sadly, three is no lack of subjects for this article, though for brevity reasons we limit our list to only a few particularly egregious offenders.  Feel free to tell us those other scumbags you think belong on this list. Digging Deeper Vladimir Putin, Dictator of Russia and War Criminal Vladimir Putin, narcissistic megalomaniac dictator of Russia, ordered the invasion of neighboring…

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A Brief History On July 11, 2019, the annual frozen drink concoction promotion held by convenience store chain 7-Eleven is celebrated by giving away a free Slurpee to customers.  Available in many flavors, the mushy ice drink was “invented” by accident back in the 1950’s, originally given the name “Icee.”  No matter what you call them, the slushy, icy, sweet drinks are more than a bit popular, with about 7.3 million gallons of the sugary cold drinks sold each year! Digging Deeper Free Slurpee day first started in 2002, and has been celebrated on each July 11th ever since.  (The…

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A Brief History On July 11, 1921, Former President William Howard Taft was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, becoming the only person to ever serve as President and Supreme Court Justice.  Most Ex-Presidents do not have quite the spectacular second career, but we list 10 Presidents who went on to interesting activities after leaving office. Update, July 11, 2019: In July of 2019, cable news giant CNN reported that former Vice President and current candidate for the Democratic nomination for President, Joe Biden, along with his wife earned a whopping $16 million…

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