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UPI Almanac for Friday, July 1, 2022

On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong was returned to China after 156 years as a British territory.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, July 1, 2022
Among the personalities attending the handover of Hong Kong to China, June 30, 1997, were (front R to L) Prince Charles, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Foreign Secretary Robin Cook and Hong Kong Governor Chris Patten. Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her husband Dennis were in the back row. UPI File Photo | License Photo

Today is Friday, July 1, the 182nd day of 2022 with 183 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Neptune and Saturn.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include author George Sand, born Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, in 1804; cosmetics executive Estee Lauder in 1906; blues musician Willie Dixon in 1915; actor Olivia de Havilland in 1916; actor Leslie Caron in 1931 (age 91); filmmaker/actor Sydney Pollack in 1934; actor/writer Jean Marsh in 1934; actor Jamie Farr in 1934 (age 88); choreographer Twyla Tharp in 1941 (age 81); actor Karen Black in 1939; actor Genevieve Bujold in 1942 (age 80); singer Debbie Harry in 1945 (age 77); actor/comedian Dan Aykroyd in 1952 (age 70); Britain's Princess Diana in 1961; nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis in 1961 (age 61); actor Andre Braugher in 1962 (age 60); actor Pamela Anderson in 1967 (age 55); rapper Missy Elliott in 1971 (age 51); musician Sufjan Stevens in 1975 (age 47); actor Liv Tyler in 1977 (age 45); actor Lea Seydoux in 1985 (age 37); actor Hannah Murray in 1989 (age 33); actor Raini Rodriguez in 1993 (age 29); actor/singer Chloe Bailey in 1998 (age 24); actor Chosen Jacobs in 2001 (21); actor Storm Reid in 2003 (age 19).

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On this date in history:

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In 1847, the first U.S. postage stamps were issued.

In 1859, the first intercollegiate baseball game was played in Pittsfield, Mass., and it was a high-scoring contest. Amherst beat Williams, 66-32.

In 1867, Canada was granted its independence by Great Britain. It consisted at the time of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and future provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

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In 1874, the Philadelphia Zoological Society, the first U.S. zoo, opened to the public.

In 1898, Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders led a charge up Cuba's heavily fortified San Juan Hill in a key Spanish-American War battle.

In 1908, more than a thousand suffragettes in London attempted to rescue 28 of their fellow protesters who were arrested by police following a demonstration in Parliament Square.

In 1916, in the worst single day of casualties in British military history, 20,000 soldiers were killed and 40,000 injured in a massive offense against German forces in France's Somme River region during World War I.

In 1932, Democrats nominated Franklin Delano Roosevelt for president. FDR was elected to four consecutive terms.

In 1941, NBC broadcast the first FCC-sanctioned TV commercial, a spot for Bulova watches shown during a Dodgers-Phillies game. It cost Bulova $9.

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In 1941, Mammoth Cave National Park was established in Kentucky, protecting 52,830 acres of caverns and a diverse group of animal and plant species. The park is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

In 1946, the United States conducted its first post-war test of the atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

In 1961, Haleakalā National Park was split off from Hawai'i National Park to become its own park.

In 1979, Sony introduced the Walkman, known as the Soundabout, in U.S. stores. It sold for about $200.

In 1984, the Motion Picture Association of America introduced the PG-13 rating to warn parents that a film may be too violent for children under the age of 13. A top U.S. Catholic Conference official said the move was just another way to exploit young people.

In 1990, the West and East German economies were united, with the Deutsche Mark replacing the mark as currency in East Germany.

In 1997, Hong Kong was returned to China after 156 years as a British territory.

In 2002, in a rare high-altitude accident, a passenger airliner collided with a cargo plane over Germany, killing all 71 people on the two planes -- 69 on the airliner and two on the cargo aircraft.

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In 2013, Croatia became the 28th member state of the European Union.

In 2013, a year after Mohamed Morsi became president of Egypt, hundreds of thousands of protesters marched in cities across the country, calling for him to step down. Morsi was ousted by the military two days later and died in June 2019.

In 2018, Manuel López Obrador won a landslide election to become president of Mexico.

In 2019, Japan resumed commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years.

In 2021, New York City prosecutors indicted the top financial executive of the Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg, on 15 counts related to alleged tax crimes.


A thought for the day: "We showed that we are united and that we, young people, are unstoppable." -- Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg

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