This Month In History
July 1, is Freedom Day. Also Canada Day: Canada became a self-governing British dominion on this day in 1867. Many nations—including our own—gained their freedom during this particular month of the year. France had its first revolution on July 14. Nations such as Algeria, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Peru, Liberia and Venezuela also gained self-government and freedom during this month.
On July 1, 1963, the U. S. Post Office inaugurated the postal zip-code system.
On July 2, 1777, Vermont became the first American colony to abolish slavery.
On July 3, 321 AD, Sunday was designated as a day of rest. (Others have placed it slightly earlier.)
On July 4 three U. S. Presidents died (Thomas Jefferson & John Adams—50 years to the day after they signed the Declaration of Independence in 1826; James Monroe—author of the Monroe Doctrine in 1831) and one future President was born (Calvin Coolidge, in Plymouth, VT in 1872).
On July 5, 1865, William Booth, a Methodist Minister, held the first meeting of the Christian Revival Association in East London. His mission was to establish “stations” where the poor and homeless could be fed and housed. This somewhat militaristic movement is better known as the Salvation Army.
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