On this day in 1877, rioting in Baltimore, Maryland by Baltimore and Ohio Railroad workers was put down by the state militia, resulting in nine deaths.
Pere Marquette Railway Disaster
On July 20, 1907 an excursion train of 800 passengers from Ionia to Detroit collided near Salem with a freight train, killing 31 and injuring 101. The accident apparently happened because of a hand-written schedule on unlined paper whose columns did not line up, and were misread by the freight crew. The Interstate Commerce Commission investigation also cited various safety violations including use of pine instead of oak for car walls and an omission of steel plates required for mail cars. This remains Michigan's worst rail disaster.
On this day in 1932, in Washington, D.C., police fired tear gas on World War I veterans, part of the Bonus Expeditionary Force who were attempting to march to the White House. The protesters had hoped that they could convince Congress to make payments that would be granted to veterans immediately, which would have provided relief for the marchers who were unemployed due to the Depression. The bill had passed the House of Representatives on June 15 but was blocked in the Senate.
On this day in 1933, Two hundred Jewish merchants were arrested in Nuremberg and paraded through the streets. At the same time, in London, 500,000 marched against anti-semitism.
On this day in 1934, Labor unrest in the US was widespread. Police in Minneapolis fired upon striking truck drivers during the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934, killing two and wounding sixty-seven. In Seattle, police fired tear gas on and clubbed 2,000 striking longshoremen. The governor of Oregon called out the National Guard to break a strike on the Portland docks.
On this day in 1944, Adolf Hitler survived an assassination attempt (known as the 20 July plot) led by German Army Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg.
On the same day, Franklin D. Roosevelt won the Democratic Party nomination for the fourth and final time at the 1944 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
Born This Day:
356 BC: Alexander the Great, who said:
I would rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent than in the extent of my powers and dominion.
1918:Cindy Walker, who wrote:
you give your hand to me and then you say hello and I can hardly speak my heart is beating so and anyone can tell you think you know me well but you don't know me
No, you don't know the one who dreams of you each night and longs to kiss your lips and longs to hold you tight to you I am just a friend that's all I've ever been no you don't know me
Mike from Boston wrote:... jeez OB you really have a thing for Emma Peel!
Shared by most males who were alive and old enough to be beginning to think about such things in the 60s, I'd say. And maybe not just males: even Mme firehazard was sighing with disbelief that it was the lovely Ms Rigg's 74th birthday.
Sick of sitting round here trying to write this book