Happy birthday and many happy returns Zommari Leroux and Tce Foureleven. Born on the same day, across the years. You share your day with Robert Heinlein, David Eddings, Jon Pertwee and Ringo Starr. In 1456, Twenty-five years after her death, Joan of Arc was declared innocent of heresy in a posthumous retrial. In 1798, The Quasi-War, an undeclared war fought entirely at sea, began after the United States rescinded their treaties with France. In 1963, The police of Ngo Dinh Nhu, brother and chief political adviser of President of South Vietnam Ngo Dinh Diem, attacked a group of American journalists who were covering a protest during the Buddhist crisis. In 1983, After writing a letter to Soviet premier Yuri Andropov, American schoolgirl Samantha Smith visited the Soviet Union as Andropov's personal guest, becoming known as "America's Youngest Ambassador". In 2005, Suicide bombers killed 52 people in a series of four explosions on London's public transport system. You are time lords, writing history at will. You right wrongs, eventually. Remember, don't mess with the French on land and beware terrorists on landmark days.
Piers Akerman – Saturday, July 06, 2013 (10:55pm)
GLIB as ever, Kevin Rudd, the recycled Labor Prime Minister, issued an apology of sorts late last week to the parents of victims of his “pink batts” insulation scheme.
The belated apology was prompted by Thursday’s appearance on the ABC’s 7.30 Report of Kevin and Christine Fuller, parents of 25-year-old Matthew Fuller who was electrocuted as he installed foil insulation into a house on October 14, 2009, as part of the Rudd government’s $2.45 billion Home Insulation Program.
The Fullers were commenting on the release of Queensland coroner Michael Barnes’s report into the deaths of three young tradesmen who were electrocuted in 2009 and 2010.
Barnes found that the three men, Matthew Fuller, Reuben Kelly Barnes, 16, and Mitchell Scott Sweeney, 22, were electrocuted in 2009 and 2010 while installing roofing batts as part of the former Rudd government’s home insulation scheme, since discontinued.
A fourth man, Marcus Wilson, died of complications arising from hyperthermia, including total organ failure, rhabdomyolysis and coagulopathy which arose from working in very high temperatures as a roofing insulator in a house in St Clair, western Sydney, without adequate hydration, in November, 2009.
NSW coroner H.C.B. Dillon avoided political controversy from the onset, stating that the insulation program had been the “subject of a highly charged political debate which it would be inappropriate for a member of the judiciary to enter”.
His Queensland counterpart did not hold back.
He said the federal Labor government’s rushed economic stimulus program in response to the global financial crisis had put the economy ahead of human safety.
“Because a major focus of this program was the stimulation of the economy to counter the effects of the global financial crisis it needed to proceed far more quickly than that, but not at the cost of human life,” he added.
Fuller’s parents, Kevin and Christine, told the program they held three people responsible for their son’s death, Rudd, Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan, who they said had shirked their responsibility.
Rudd had not apologised to the family in person when the show aired and his roundabout apology was impersonal. The fault was the government’s, he said. A government of which he happened to be head.
“The then prime minister (Rudd) couldn’t remember our names and has never apologised to our face,” Mr Fuller said. “The program wasted four lives. . . numerous people were seriously injured or nearly killed, there were too many fires in houses and a lot of people were scared of their homes, simply because of the foil insulation in the home.
``The program was rushed, it was very poorly managed . . . no homework was done on it,” he said. “Any reports or any suggestions that were given to anyone in the system to overcome the potential of death, the potential of electrocution, were totally ignored.”
Christine Fuller was succinct when asked what she wanted from the Prime Minister. “I’d like for him to disappear,” she told ABC television.
In May, 2010, it was revealed that the then Minister for Environment Peter Garrett had written to the then Prime Minister, Rudd, on four separate occasions (August, 2009, October, 2009, etc.) raising concerns about the safety of the scheme.
Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey said on Friday that Rudd was actually warned in writing on 10 occasions that there were dangers associated with the program and he had not released those letters.
“Four of those letters came from Peter Garrett who has not only resigned from ministry but refuses to work with Kevin Rudd, resigning from Parliament,” Hockey told the Seven Network.
If it has taken Rudd four years to apologise for the deaths of four young men who lost their lives as a result of just one of his failed policies, how long will it take for him to apologise for the thousand or so lives lost under another of his policies - which is also costing billions?
Rudd has admitted in his usual evasive manner that his destruction of the Howard government’s successful border protection policy may have been an error.
Immigration policy was not “set in stone” and must be adaptive and flexible, he said. “If we’ve made a mistake . . . it was in perhaps not being quick enough to respond to the new change in external circumstances, with an outflow from Sri Lanka from a civil war in 2009-10.”
What a glib non-answer. Not only does he contradict his October 16, 2009 claim that the key to successful immigration was “to have a continued, consistent policy” but the Sri Lankan civil war had been raging for decades and the Immigration Department’s own statistics show that end of the war did not trigger any mass exodus of refugees to Australia.
Six days after his October 16, 2009 boast, he was again claiming his government’s policy was a success and lambasting the Howard government saying it “brought in instead the Pacific Solution.
They had kids behind razor wire, they had a range of different interventions which were designed for a domestic political audience, not in dealing in a manner which got the balance right between tough and hard-line on people smugglers on the one hand and being balanced and humane and fair in dealing with asylum seekers on the other.”
But the Howard policy worked and though it now has been copied, in part, by the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd governments with Foreign Minister Bob Carr following opposition policy yet again on Thursday and indicating there may be a crackdown on asylum seekers who destroyed their identity documents.
Labor’s pigheadedness remains responsible for the illegal people smuggling crisis and the deaths of those lured by Labor’s policy.
Just over a week in office and Rudd has reminded us he remains the charlatan he always has been.
Eager to take credit when he thinks he is on a winner, recalcitrant and sullen when his policies turn out to be extravagantly expensive and lethal.
Miranda Devine – Saturday, July 06, 2013 (11:03pm)
KEVIN Rudd couldn’t help himself on his first overseas trip since re-taking the prime ministership. The old ego has a way of bulging out of even the most tightly knitted superman suit.
“I’m back to being a somebody,” he smirked at a joint press conference with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Rudd is certainly back to being somebody, like the Gotye song says: “Somebody that I used to know”.
Every day, the memories keep flooding back. Last week it was the Queensland coroner who reminded us of the Rudd of 2010, when the catastrophic consequences of his scattergun thought bubbles came home to roost.
Coroner Michael Barnes released his report into the deaths of three young men electrocuted while installing pink batts during Rudd’s $2.5 billion home insulation program that was part of his economic stimulus frenzy.
Matthew Fuller, 25, died on October 14, 2009; Rueben Barnes, 16, on November 18; and Mitchell Sweeney, 22, on February 4, 2010. Marcus Wilson, 19, also died as a result of overheating while installing insulation in St Clair, in western Sydney, on November 21, 2009.
Two weeks after the fourth death, the scheme was stopped, having caused 220 house fires and 1500 electrified roofs, and left 240,000 houses with suspect insulation - and needing $1 billion to fix the mess.
The aim of the stimulus was to spend money fast, and the coroner found safety took a back seat to speed.
As other inquiries have also shown, Rudd received many direct warnings about safety issues, including four letters from Environment Minister Peter Garrett, who ended up being the human pink batt who insulated his prime minister from responsibility.
But Matthew Fuller’s parents last week unloaded on Rudd, who “couldn’t remember our names and has never apologised to our face”, Kevin Fuller told the ABC last week. “The program was rushed. It was very poorly managed, very poorly - no homework was done on it in any reports. Any suggestions that were given to anyone in the system to overcome the potential of death, the potential of electrocution, were totally ignored.”
The coroner’s report, too, makes for scarifying reading: “It is reasonable to conclude the dangers should have been foreseen and mitigated before three people died in Queensland and another in NSW.”
The program “relied on the honesty, integrity and competence of the registered installers”.
This was naivety in the extreme. Opportunists did what they will always do with free cash. They rushed into the program, registering online, with the lure of $400 per house. Matthew’s boss described it as “an opportunity of a lifetime”.
His company, Countrywide, claimed $2 million for 1521 installations in just three months from its registration as an approved installer on October 1, 2009.
At that time, there was a house fire caused by dodgy insulation across Australia every second day, with an unknown number of people killed, including a Holocaust survivor and an Iranian family. At the program’s peak, in the month of November, 2009, it caused 26 house fires, according to the government’s own figures posted on its website climatechange.gov.au.
The debacle dogged Rudd’s final moments in office last time. There were constant rallies in Canberra over his botched policies, from pink batts to the mining tax and waste in the school halls program.
In February 2010, as his stratospheric popularity was tanking, on busy New South Head Rd in Sydney’s eastern suburbs someone set up a large illuminated traffic sign with the words “Kevin Rudd Sucks”.
All Rudd could do was appear on the nightly TV news shows, plonking his bottom on hospital beds.
This was the drumbeat of Rudd’s demise in 2010. Now he’s back, you can hear the drums again in the distance.
Even as he was in Jakarta cheerily announcing a new confab to deal with unauthorised boat arrivals last week, another boat was sending out a Mayday call. Dutifully, HMAS Larrakia steamed across to “rescue” the boat that turned out not to be sinking after all.
All Rudd has to work with is his trademark chutzpah, using his 2010 excuse that “push factors” from a “sudden” Sri Lankan civil war caused the problem, when everyone knows he is to blame after dismantling Howard’s border policies and naively putting the “sugar”, as the Indonesians call it, back on the table for people smugglers.
Rudd’s tactic is to pretend the opposition’s border protection policy consists only of turning back boats. Then he systematically demolishes the puny straw man he has created, even to the extent of claiming military conflict with Indonesia will ensue, a prospect quickly pooh-poohed by our neighbours, who must privately roll their eyes at our ineptitude.
Turning back boats is only one element of a suite of measures the Coalition maintains must be used in concert. It proved effective in the past and could work again, according to retired Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie, Chief of Navy from 2002 to 2005, when the Howard government ordered back four boats.
“It’s a legitimate Navy operation,” he told the ABC. “It’s something navies have done over centuries.”
Boats were turned around and given enough fuel to get to Indonesia: “In the end common sense and the safety of the crew and the passengers on board prevails and they know that’s what they have to do.”
“Why did the practice stop when it did?” he was asked. “No more boats came,” he replied. “None at all.”
It’s a pity Rudd appears to have ditched the planned September 14 election date, which is the Jewish Day of Atonement. Lord knows, he has a lot of atoning to do.
Miranda Devine – Saturday, July 06, 2013 (10:55pm)
THE latest eco-jihad from the Greens is against glass and plastic containers. For our sins they want us slugged with another green tax of up to 20 cents for a recycling “deposit” .
This will cost the average household an extra $300 a year, even more than the carbon tax, according to the Australian Food and Grocery Council.
That’s a $1.8 billion impost every year on the price of milk, juice, soft drink and beer – and $4 extra for every case of beer.
The Greens believe the scheme will lead to less litter and fewer people drinking from disposable bottles. Fewer people in general is their ultimate aim. But for now they are focussing on evil beverage drinkers.
Because we will inevitably reduce our consumption of bottled beverages, because of the higher prices, the tax will also cost 8000 jobs nationally over the next five years, claims the council. Most of these will be in western Sydney where the bottling plants are.
The Greens’ plan is that, instead of putting bottles into our yellow lidded recycling bins, we will put them in our cars and drive them to central bottle “depots” where we can exchange them for money.
The trick is we will only get 10cents back per bottle, as little as half of the deposit, claims the council, with the rest going to “administration” costs.
The NSW Greens are red hot on a container deposit levy, as is Lord Mayor Clover Moore, and now the NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker has climbed on board the campaign, as long as it is part of a national scheme.
Only sensible Queensland has rejected the tax outright.
“While the Newman Government is passionate about reducing litter and improving recycling rates, we do not believe increasing the cost of living is the best way to achieve that outcome,’’ said Environment Minister Andrew Powell last year.
Minister Parker take note. More carrot and less stick from Nanny Green is always more effective.
Tim Blair – Sunday, July 07, 2013 (3:03pm)
Charles Saatchi is divorcing Nigella Lawson for getting in the way of his hands.
Tim Blair – Sunday, July 07, 2013 (4:15am)
This site, 17 months ago:
No passport, no entry by any means. That simple rule would stop boats faster than any complex processing tactics.
Now Labor catches up:
Asylum seekers who fly to Indonesia and dump their passports and identity papers before boarding people-smuggling boats to Australia will have their applications “sent to the back of the queue” …But Labor’s shift in asylum-seeker policy falls short of the Coalition’s previously announced position that there would be a “strong presumption that illegal boat people who have destroyed their documents not be given refugee status”.
When the Coalition’s policy was released last year, now-treasurer Chris Bowen slammed it as a “cheap political stunt” and said that a focus on passports would “introduce another layer of bureaucracy to asylum seeker processing”. Labor seems to have overcome those issues.
Andrew Bolt July 07 2013 (9:18am)
Prime Minister Julia Gillard, 2010:
Foreign Minister Bob Carr, 2013:
Let me turn first to some remarks made in the last few days by a prominent Australian, Julian Burnside QC, an eminent lawyer, much respected in our community. Mr Burnside said:
“I challenge Julia Gillard to point out to the public that at the current rate of arrivals it would take about 20 years to fill the MCG with boat people."…
Mr Burnside is very, very right and I’m happy to oblige. He is right because in the context of our migration program, the number of asylum seekers arriving by boat to Australia is very, very minor. It is less than 1.5 per cent of permanent migrants each year; and indeed it would take about 20 years to fill the MCG with asylum seekers at present rates of arrival. This is a point well made.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr, 2013:
In 2008-09 there were 985 maritime arrivals. At less than 20 people a week it was easy to say: “Let them just slide into Australia’s population.”Carr actually overlooks a key argument made at the time: the few would encourage the many. But Lab has gone from arguing there were too few to worry about to too many to stop. There was actually no time when it should have been shrugging its shoulders.
To many of us this was the humane thing to do.
But now boat arrivals have surged to nearly 3000 per month in 2013. If this persists we’d see arrivals close to 40,000 a year. That would equal nearly 20 per cent of our annual migration program, being delivered by people-smugglers - contracted out, if you like.
Andrew Bolt July 07 2013 (6:36am)
Follow the money to see how well Labor thinks it’s now going:
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.)
Kevin Rudd’s Labor Party is frantically redirecting campaign funding into seats it had long written off under former prime minister Julia Gillard.Defending what it has in Sydney and Victoria, trying to win what it doesn’t in NSW. And with Oakeshott, Windsor and Slipper’s seats all going to the Coalition anyway. Sounds like Labor thinks it will be close, but just short.
With Mr Rudd launching a national advertising campaign portraying himself as a leader seeking to rise above petty, negative politics on Sunday, the funds will be spent on opposition and ALP seats the party now sees as winnable.
Under the new strategy Western Sydney seats and marginals in Victoria where Labor is clinging onto office are being targeted with extra field teams and funding. And in Queensland, six Coalition-held seats - Brisbane, Longman, Bowman, Dawson, Herbert and Forde - are being targeted.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.)
Andrew Bolt July 07 2013 (5:59am)
On The Bolt Report on Network 10 at 10 and 4pm.
New Kevin’s good first week ends in a mess with two brutal reminders of Old Kevin.
The twitter feed.
The place the videos appear.
Andrew Bolt July 07 2013 (5:51am)
John Kerry’s State Department lies for him, denying he was on his boat and claiming he was where he should be: ”working all day and on the phone dealing with the crisis in Egypt”.
Then came the pictures”
Then came the pictures”
Andrew Bolt July 07 2013 (5:27am)
What kind of faith inspires this?
More attacks last month:
ISLAMIC militants have attacked a boarding school in northeast Nigeria, killing 42 people, mostly students, some of the pupils being burned alive.Islam desperately, desperately needs its Reformation.
Gunmen believed to be Islamists from Nigeria’s Boko Haram insurgent group, whose name means “Western education is sacrilege”, committed the overnight attack on a secondary school in restive Yobe state…
Farmer Malam Abdullahi found the bodies of two of his sons, a 10-year-old shot in the back as he apparently tried to run away, and a 12-year-old shot in the chest.
More attacks last month:
We are confronted by a savage war waged by Islamic extremists against young people seeking education. In the wake of the outrage in Pakistan, two appalling massacres that killed 16 students were perpetrated in Nigeria by the country’s leading terrorist group, Boko Haram, whose name literally means, “Western education is sin.” ...Last month:
Since last October, when a Taliban terrorist shot down 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai because she had stood up for the right of girls to go to school, there has been a clear pattern in the targeting of victims by Islamic extremists. The five who lost their lives in Monday’s killing in the Jajeri ward of Nigeria’s Maiduguri metropolis were students gunned down in the main school hall just a few minutes after they had started their annual exams. This episode — and the Sunday killings at another Nigerian school — resemble earlier attacks in Pakistan. There, only a few weeks ago, bombs were thrown into the playground of an all-girls school just as a Saturday morning open-air prize giving ceremony began. The head teacher and three pupils died.
Altogether 1,000 Pakistan and Afghanistan schools have been bombed, burnt down or simply closed through intimidation in the last three years. And despite last October’s worldwide reaction against the shooting of Malala, we have seen an escalation of the threats to — and the shooting and maiming of — boys and girls because they dare to go to school.
Militants in a volatile region of western Pakistan bombed a bus carrying women students on Saturday and then seized part of the hospital where survivors were taken…
[The] bus bomb on a university campus in Baluchistan’s capital Quetta ... killed at least 14 women students.
Andrew Bolt July 07 2013 (5:19am)
Catch-up politics and policy:
ASYLUM seekers who fly to Indonesia and dump their passports and identity papers before boarding people-smuggling boats to Australia will have their applications “sent to the back of the queue"…Against that, a sign of weakness which will encourage more boat people to bring children:
But Labor’s shift in asylum-seeker policy falls short of the Coalition’s previously announced position that there would be a “strong presumption that illegal boat people who have destroyed their documents not be given refugee status”.
But the get-tough approach will be balanced with an immediate order to free as many children as possible as the number of minors in detention climbs to 1800.UPDATE
When the Coalition’s policy was released last year, now-treasurer Chris Bowen slammed it as a “cheap political stunt” and said that a focus on passports would “introduce another layer of bureaucracy to asylum seeker processing”.
Our actions are greater than our words, so it's up to us to do everything we said we would. To do a little more and to go a little further than the last time, because last time we said "next time". But time keeps moving relentlessly and moments slip away fast. Our chance is here, our time is now, our actions shall do the talking.
Hitting last night's Warriors with more mental groundwork, because everything we do starts within our minds. #team9lives
Getting into the London spirit … Robin found a great hat shop! #DrPhil #RobinMcGraw — withtoday she add her face according church belong to gay same as mosque jordan and same as palestenian team in lozy folder belong to new britain and irland.
The Lord will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land...You will be like a well-watered garden. Isaiah 58:11
Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman Doctor Who
Agriculture may have arisen simultaneously in many places throughout the Fertile Crescent, new research suggests. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/76wu
Ancient mortars and grinding tools unearthed in a large mound in the Zagros Mountains of Iran reveal that people were grinding wheat and barley about 11,000 years ago.
Submerged tree in the Green Lake.
The Green Lake or Grüner See is a lake in Austria that dries out almost completely during fall, is used as a county park in the winter and is famous for the underwater park which forms during the spring due to the snow meltdown.
first rate kid .. how has he survived this long? - ed
An #IDF battalion is developing cutting-edge techniques for battling Hezbollah terrorists. Based on years of experience, the methods were tested this week in Israel's north. Read more:http://goo.gl/0o6bg
President George W. Bush turns 67 today. Wish him a special Happy Birthday by signing our card here:
Wax sculpture by Artist Sam Jinks!
Boeing 777 crashes at San Francisco International Airport [photos] ==> http://twitchy.com/2013/
Pareidolia is a mental phenomenon that allows us to see faces and other objects in completely unrelated settings.
World's First Virtual Shopping Store opens in Korea. All the Shelves are infact LCD Screens. User Choose their desired items by touching the LCD screen and checkout at the counter in the end to have all their ordered stuff packed in Bags.
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From my trip to Nevada yesterday, monsoon chasing with Miguel De La Cruz. First image edited on my new monster of a computer built byDarvin Atkeson along with a couple new editing tricks taught by him as well. Feeling Happy! — inNevada.
Egyptian turmoil strikes a blow to Gaza’s Hamas rulers - The Times of Israel
A focused pursuit of legacy creation on the heels of a failed Administration's foreign policy directives, amid domestic and international scandals; and meanwhile, Israel's back is again to the corner with the all-too-familiar loaded and pointed revolver, whilst regional fires continue to rage, spreading unrest, destruction, human suffering and dangerous chaos.
Who dares to step forward, undaunted by self-serving agendas from all-around and expose underlying political shams?
"Secretary of State John Kerry was the personification of the incredible shrinkage of America this week as he maintained his obsessive focus on getting Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians.
In a Middle East engulfed by civil war, revolution and chronic instability, Israel is the only country at peace.
The image of Kerry extolling his success in "narrowing the gaps" between Israel and the Palestinians before he boarded his airplane at Ben Gurion Airport as millions assembled to bring down the government of Egypt is the image of a small, irrelevant America.
And as the anti-American posters in Tahrir Square this week showed, America's self-induced smallness is a tragedy that will harm the region and endanger the US." - Caroline Glick
- 1456 – Twenty-five years after her death, Joan of Arc was declared innocent of heresy in aposthumous retrial.
- 1798 – The Quasi-War, an undeclared warfought entirely at sea, began after the United States rescinded their treaties with France.
- 1963 – The police of Ngo Dinh Nhu, brother and chief political adviser of President of South Vietnam Ngo Dinh Diem, attackeda group of American journalists who were covering a protest during the Buddhist crisis.
- 1983 – After writing a letter to Soviet premier Yuri Andropov, American schoolgirl Samantha Smith visited the Soviet Union as Andropov's personal guest, becoming known as "America's Youngest Ambassador".
- 2005 – Suicide bombers killed 52 people in a series of four explosions on London's public transport system (emergency responders pictured).
- 1456 – A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death.
- 1520 – Spanish conquistadores defeat a larger Aztec army at the Battle of Otumba.
- 1534 – European colonization of the Americas: first known exchange between Europeans and natives of the Gulf of St. Lawrence inNew Brunswick.
- 1543 – French troops invade Luxembourg.
- 1575 – Raid of the Redeswire, the last major battle between England and Scotland.
- 1585 – The Treaty of Nemours abolishes tolerance to Protestants in France.
- 1770 – The Battle of Larga between the Russian Empire and the Ottoman Empire takes place.
- 1777 – American Revolutionary War: American forces retreating from Fort Ticonderoga are defeated in the Battle of Hubbardton.
- 1798 – Quasi-War: the U.S. Congress rescinds treaties with France sparking the "war".
- 1807 – Napoleonic Wars: the Peace of Tilsit between France, Prussia and Russia ends the War of the Fourth Coalition.
- 1834 – In New York City, four nights of rioting against abolitionists began.
- 1846 – Mexican–American War: American troops occupy Monterey and Yerba Buena, thus beginning the U.S. acquisition of California.
- 1863 – United States begins its first military draft; exemptions cost $300.
- 1865 – American Civil War: four conspirators in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln are hanged.
- 1892 – Katipunan: the Revolutionary Philippine Brotherhood is established, contributing to the fall of the Spanish Empire in Asia.
- 1898 – U.S. President William McKinley signs the Newlands Resolution annexing Hawaii as a territory of the United States.
- 1907 – Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. staged his first Follies on the roof of the New York Theater in New York City.
- 1911 – The United States, Great Britain, Japan, and Russia sign the North Pacific Fur Seal Convention of 1911 banning open-water seal hunting, the first international treaty to address wildlife preservation issues.
- 1915 – World War I: end of First Battle of the Isonzo.
- 1915 – An International Railway trolley with an extreme overload of 157 passengers crashes near Queenston, Ontario, killing 15.
- 1915 – Militia officer Henry Pedris executed by firing squad at Colombo, Ceylon - an act widely regarded as a miscarriage of justice by the British colonial authorities.
- 1928 – Sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri.
- 1930 – Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser begins construction of the Boulder Dam (now known as Hoover Dam).
- 1937 – Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Lugou Bridge – Japanese forces invade Beijing, China.
- 1941 – World War II: U.S. forces land in Iceland, taking over from an earlier British occupation.
- 1941 – World War II: Beirut is occupied by Free France and British troops.
- 1944 – World War II: Largest Banzai charge of the Pacific War at the Battle of Saipan.
- 1946 – Mother Francesca S. Cabrini becomes the first American to be canonized.
- 1946 – Howard Hughes nearly dies when his XF-11 spy plane prototype crashes in a Beverly Hills neighborhood.
- 1952 – The ocean liner SS United States passes Bishop's Rock on her maiden voyage, breaking the transatlantic speed record to become the fastest passenger ship in the world.
- 1953 – Ernesto "Che" Guevara sets out on a trip through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador.
- 1954 – Elvis Presley made his radio debut when WHBQ Memphis played his first recording for Sun Records, "That's All Right."
- 1956 – Fritz Moravec and two other Austrian mountaineers make the first ascent of Gasherbrum II (8,035 m).
- 1958 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Alaska Statehood Act into law.
- 1959 – Venus occults the star Regulus. This rare event is used to determine the diameter of Venus and the structure of the Venusian atmosphere.
- 1978 – The Solomon Islands become independent from the United Kingdom.
- 1980 – Institution of sharia in Iran.
- 1980 – During the Lebanese Civil War, 83 Tiger militants are killed during what will be known as the Safra massacre.
- 1981 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan appoints Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female member of the Supreme Court of the United States.
- 1983 – Cold War: Samantha Smith, a U.S. schoolgirl, flies to the Soviet Union at the invitation of Secretary General Yuri Andropov.
- 1985 – Boris Becker becomes the youngest player ever to win Wimbledon at age 17
- 1990 – World wide web born when Tim Berners-Lee, a researcher at CERN, developed the HyperText Markup Language, which would later be calledHTML.
- 1991 – Yugoslav Wars: the Brioni Agreement ends the ten-day independence war in Slovenia against the rest of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
- 1997 – The Turkish Armed Forces withdraw from northern Iraq after assisting the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the Iraqi Kurdish Civil War.
- 2002 – A scandal breaks out in the United Kingdom when news reports accuse MI6 of sheltering Abu Qatada, the supposed European Al-Qaeda leader.
- 2003 – NASA Opportunity rover, MER-B or Mars Exploration Rover – B, was launched into space aboard a Delta II rocket.
- 2005 – A series of four explosions occurs on London's transport system killing 56 people including four alleged suicide bombers and injuring over 700 others.
- 2011 – Roof of a stand in De Grolsch Veste Stadium in Enschede which was under construction collapsed, killing two and injuring 14.
- 2012 – At least 171 people are killed in a flash flood in the Krasnodar Krai region of Russia.
- 1053 – Emperor Shirakawa of Japan (d. 1129)
- 1119 – Emperor Sutoku of Japan (d. 1164)
- 1207 – Elizabeth of Hungary (d. 1231)
- 1528 – Archduchess Anna of Austria (d. 1590)
- 1586 – Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel, English statesman and art collector (d. 1646)
- 1656 – Guru Har Krishan, Indian eighth of the eleven Sikh Gurus (d. 1664)
- 1752 – Joseph Marie Jacquard, French inventor and merchant, invented the Jacquard loom (d. 1834)
- 1766 – Guillaume Philibert Duhesme, French general (d. 1815)
- 1833 – Félicien Rops, Belgian artist (d. 1898)
- 1843 – Camillo Golgi, Italian physician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1926)
- 1848 – Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves, Brazilian politician (d. 1919)
- 1851 – Charles Albert Tindley, American composer (d. 1933)
- 1855 – Ludwig Ganghofer, German writer (d. 1920)
- 1860 – Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer (d. 1911)
- 1874 – Erwin Bumke, German jurist (d. 1945)
- 1884 – Lion Feuchtwanger, German dramatist (d. 1958)
- 1887 – Marc Chagall, Russian painter (d. 1985)
- 1891 – Tadamichi Kuribayashi, Japanese general (d. 1945)
- 1891 – Virginia Rappe, American actress (d. 1921)
- 1893 – Herbert Feis, American author (d. 1972)
- 1893 – Miroslav Krleža, Croatian writer (d. 1981)
- 1898 – Arnold Horween, American football player (d. 1985)
- 1899 – George Cukor, American director (d. 1983)
- 1900 – Earle E. Partridge, American military commander (d. 1990)
- 1901 – Vittorio De Sica, Italian director (d. 1974)
- 1901 – Sam Katzman, American director and producer (d. 1973)
- 1901 – Eiji Tsuburaya, Japanese director and producer (d. 1970)
- 1902 – Ted Radcliffe, American baseball player and centenarian (d. 2005)
- 1904 – Simone Beck, French chef (d. 1991)
- 1906 – William Feller, Croatian-American mathematician and probabilist (d. 1970)
- 1906 – Anna Marie Hahn, German-American serial killer (d. 1938)
- 1906 – Anton Karas, Austrian zither player (d. 1985)
- 1906 – Satchel Paige, American baseball player (d. 1982)
- 1907 – Robert A. Heinlein, American writer (d. 1988)
- 1908 – Revilo P. Oliver, American academic and author (d. 1994)
- 1910 – Doris McCarthy, Canadian painter (d. 2010)
- 1911 – Gretchen Franklin, English actress (d. 2005)
- 1911 – Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian composer (d. 2007)
- 1913 – Pinetop Perkins, American singer and pianist (d. 2011)
- 1915 – Margaret Walker, American novelist and poet (d. 1998)
- 1917 – Fidel Sánchez Hernández, Salvadoran general and politician, President of El Salvador (d. 2003)
- 1919 – Jon Pertwee, English actor (d. 1996)
- 1920 – Bhaktaraj Maharaj, Indian saint (d. 1995)
- 1921 – Ezzard Charles, American boxer (d. 1975)
- 1921 – Adolf von Thadden, German politician (d. 1996)
- 1922 – Alan Armer, American producer and director (d. 2010)
- 1924 – Mary Ford, American singer and guitarist (d. 1977)
- 1924 – Eddie Romero, Filipino director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2013)
- 1925 – Gely Korzhev, Russian painter (d. 2012)
- 1925 – Wally Phillips, American radio host (d. 2008)
- 1927 – Charlie Louvin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Louvin Brothers) (d. 2011)
- 1927 – Doc Severinsen, American composer and trumpeter (The Tonight Show Band)
- 1929 – Hasan Abidi, Pakistani journalist and poet (d. 2005)
- 1930 – John Little, Scottish footballer
- 1930 – Theodore Edgar McCarrick, American cardinal
- 1930 – Hank Mobley, American composer and saxophonist (d. 1986)
- 1931 – David Eddings, American novelist (d. 2009)
- 1932 – T. J. Bass, American science fiction author and doctor (d. 2011)
- 1932 – Joe Zawinul, Austrian-American composer and keyboardist (Weather Report) (d. 2007)
- 1933 – Murray Halberg, New Zealand runner
- 1933 – David McCullough, American historian and author
- 1933 – Bruce Wells, English boxer and actor (d. 2009)
- 1935 – Catherine Genovese, American murder victim (d. 1964)
- 1936 – Jo Siffert, Swiss race car driver (d. 1971)
- 1936 – Nikos Xilouris, Greek singer and composer (d. 1980)
- 1937 – Tung Chee Hwa, Hong Kong businessman and the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong.
- 1940 – Ringo Starr, British singer-songwriter, musician, and actor (The Beatles and Plastic Ono Band)
- 1941 – Marco Bollesan, Italian rugby player and coach
- 1941 – Nancy Farmer, American children's author
- 1941 – Michael Howard, British politician
- 1941 – Bill Oddie, English comedian and ornithologist (The Goodies)
- 1941 – Jim Rodford, English musician (The Kinks – The Swinging Blue Jeans – Argent)
- 1942 – Carmen Duncan, Australian actress
- 1943 – Toto Cutugno, Italian singer-songwriter and musician
- 1943 – Joel Siegel, American journalist and critic (d. 2007)
- 1944 – Tony Jacklin, English golfer
- 1944 – Emanuel Steward, American boxing trainer (d. 2012)
- 1945 – Michael Ancram, British politician
- 1945 – Matti Salminen, Finnish opera singer
- 1946 – Joe Spano, American actor
- 1947 – David Hodo, American singer (Village People)
- 1947 – Víctor Manuel, Spanish singer-songwriter
- 1947 – Gyanendra of Nepal
- 1947 – Howard Rheingold, American critic and writer
- 1947 – Felix Standaert, Belgian diplomat
- 1947 – Rob Townsend, British drummer (Family, The Blues Band, The Manfreds, and Axis Point)
- 1948 – Jean Leclerc, French-Canadian actor
- 1949 – Shelley Duvall, American actress
- 1951 – Tom Fox, American activist (d. 2006)
- 1952 – Mando Guerrero, Mexican wrestler
- 1954 – Rami Fortis, Israeli singer (Minimal Compact)
- 1955 – Len Barker, American baseball player
- 1957 – Jonathan Dayton, American director
- 1957 – Berry Sakharof, Turkish-Israeli singer-songwriter and guitarist (Minimal Compact)
- 1959 – Billy Campbell, American actor
- 1959 – Jessica Hahn, American model and actress
- 1959 – Ben Linder, American engineer (d. 1987)
- 1960 – Kevin A. Ford, American astronaut
- 1960 – Ralph Sampson, American basketball player
- 1961 – Eric Jerome Dickey, American author
- 1963 – Vonda Shepard, American singer-songwriter and musician
- 1965 – Mo Collins, American actress and comedian
- 1965 – Paula Devicq, Canadian actress
- 1965 – Jeremy Guscott, British rugby player
- 1965 – Sam Holbrook, American baseball umpire
- 1965 – Jeremy Kyle, English talk show host
- 1966 – Jim Gaffigan, American comedian and actor
- 1966 – Gundula Krause, German violinist
- 1966 – Neil Tobin, American magician and writer
- 1967 – Tom Kristensen, Danish race car driver
- 1967 – Jackie Neal, American singer (d. 2005)
- 1968 – Amy Carlson, American actress
- 1968 – Jorja Fox, American actress
- 1968 – Allen Payne, American actor
- 1968 – Jeff VanderMeer, American writer
- 1969 – Sylke Otto, German luger
- 1969 – Joe Sakic, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1969 – Nathalie Simard, French-Canadian singer
- 1969 – Cree Summer, American singer-songwriter and actress (Subject to Change)
- 1969 – Robin Weigert, American actress
- 1970 – Robia LaMorte, American actress and dancer
- 1970 – Wayne McCullough, Irish boxer
- 1970 – Erik Zabel, German cyclist
- 1971 – Christian Camargo, American actor
- 1971 – Alistair Potts, British World Champion cox
- 1972 – Lisa Leslie, American basketball player
- 1972 – Manfred Stohl, Austrian race car driver
- 1972 – Kirsten Vangsness, American actress
- 1973 – Troy Garity, American actor
- 1973 – José Jiménez, Dominican baseball player
- 1973 – Matt Mantei, American baseball player
- 1973 – Kārlis Skrastiņš, Latvian ice hockey player (d. 2011)
- 1973 – Natsuki Takaya, Japanese illustrator
- 1973 – Kailash Kher, Indian singer
- 1974 – Patrick Lalime, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1974 – E.D.I. Mean, American rapper and producer (Outlawz)
- 1975 – Tony Benshoof, American luger
- 1975 – Michael Voss, Australian footballer & coach
- 1976 – Natasha Collins, English actress (d. 2008)
- 1976 – Dominic Foley, Irish footballer
- 1976 – Bérénice Bejo, French-Argentine actress
- 1977 – D-Loc, American rapper and producer (Kottonmouth Kings and Kingspade)
- 1978 – Chris Andersen, American basketball player
- 1978 – Davor Kraljević, Croatian footballer
- 1979 – Carl Breeze, British race car driver
- 1979 – Anastasios Gousis, Greek sprinter
- 1980 – John Buck, American baseball player
- 1980 – Fyfe Dangerfield, British singer-songwriter and guitarist (Guillemots and Senseless Prayer)
- 1980 – Deidre Downs, American model, Miss America 2005
- 1980 – Kaisa Jouhki, Indonesian singer (Battlelore)
- 1980 – Michelle Kwan, American figure skater
- 1980 – Dan Whitesides, American drummer (The Used and The New Transit Direction)
- 1981 – Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Indian cricketer
- 1981 – Synyster Gates, American singer and musician (Avenged Sevenfold)
- 1982 – Cassidy, American rapper, producer, and actor (Larsiny Family)
- 1982 – Mike Glita, American singer-songwriter and musician (Senses Fail)
- 1982 – Nick Karner, American actor and director
- 1982 – Jan Laštůvka, Czech footballer
- 1982 – George Owu, Ghanaian footballer
- 1983 – Justin Davies, Australian footballer
- 1983 – Ciara Newell, Irish singer (Bellefire)
- 1984 – Minas Alozidis, Greek hurdler
- 1984 – Alberto Aquilani, Italian footballer
- 1984 – Mohammad Ashraful, Bangladeshi cricketer
- 1984 – Marie-Mai, Canadian singer
- 1985 – Marc Stein, German footballer
- 1986 – Ana Kasparian, Armenian-American journalist and producer
- 1986 – Udo Schwarz, German rugby player
- 1987 – Julianna Guill, American actress
- 1987 – Lena Ma, Canadian model, Miss World Canada 2009
- 1987 – Carly Telford, British Female footballer
- 1988 – Kaci Brown, American singer
- 1988 – Kim Bum, South Korean actor, singer, and model
- 1988 – Lukas Rosenthal, German rugby player
- 1988 – Ilan Rubin, American singer and musician (Angels & Airwaves, Nine Inch Nails, Lostprophets, Denver Harbor, and Fenix TX)
- 1988 – Jack Whitehall, British comedian and actor
- 1989 – Landon Cassill, American race car driver
- 1990 – Lee Addy, Ghanaian footballer
- 1990 – Pascal Stöger, Austrian football player
- 1992 – Toni Garrn, German model
- 1997 – Erina Ikuta, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
- 2000 – Princess Purnika of Nepal
- 1304 – Pope Benedict XI (b. 1240)
- 1307 – Edward I of England (b. 1239)
- 1537 – Madeleine of Valois (b. 1520)
- 1572 – Sigismund II Augustus of Poland (b. 1520)
- 1573 – Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola, Italian architect, designed the Church of the Gesu and Villa Farnese (b. 1507)
- 1593 – Mohammed Bagayogo, Malian scholar (b. 1523)
- 1647 – Thomas Hooker, English minister, founded the Colony of Connecticut (b. 1586)
- 1663 – Thomas Baltzar, German violinist (b. 1630)
- 1701 – William Stoughton, American judge at the Salem witch trials (b. 1631)
- 1713 – Henry Compton, English bishop (b. 1632)
- 1730 – Olivier Levasseur, French pirate (b. 1690)
- 1764 – William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath, English politician (b. 1683)
- 1776 – Jeremiah Markland, English scholar (b. 1693)
- 1790 – François Hemsterhuis, Dutch philosopher (b. 1721)
- 1816 – Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Irish playwright and politician (b. 1751)
- 1855 – Konstantin Batyushkov, Russian poet (b. 1787)
- 1865 – Mary Surratt, American conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln (b. 1823)
- 1865 – Lewis Payne, American conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln (b. 1844)
- 1865 – David Herold, American conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln (b. 1842)
- 1865 – George Atzerodt, German-American conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln (b. 1833)
- 1878 – Yegor Ivanovich Zolotarev, Russian mathematician (b. 1847)
- 1890 – Henri Nestlé, German confectioner and businessman, founder of Nestlé (b. 1814)
- 1901 – Johanna Spyri, Swiss author (b. 1827)
- 1913 – Edward Burd Grubb, Jr., American general (b. 1841)
- 1922 – Cathal Brugha, Irish soldier and politician (b. 1874)
- 1925 – Clarence Hudson White American photographer (b. 1871)
- 1927 – Émile Coste, French fencer (b. 1862)
- 1927 – Gösta Mittag-Leffler, Swedish mathematician (b. 1846)
- 1930 – Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish writer of Sherlock Holmes fiction novels (b. 1859)
- 1932 – Alexander Grin, Russian novelist (b. 1880)
- 1932 – Henry Eyster Jacobs, American theologian (b. 1844)
- 1939 – Deacon White, Early American baseball player (b. 1847)
- 1942 – Thomas Xenakis, Greek gymnast (b. 1875)
- 1949 – Bunk Johnson, American trumpeter (b. 1879 or 1889)
- 1950 – Fats Navarro, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1923)
- 1954 – Idabelle Smith Firestone, American composer and songwriter (b. 1874)
- 1956 – Gottfried Benn, German poet (b. 1886)
- 1960 – Francis Browne, Irish photographer (b. 1880)
- 1964 – Lillian Copeland, American discus thrower (b. 1904)
- 1965 – Moshe Sharett, Ukraine-Israeli politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Israel (b. 1894)
- 1967 – Vivien Leigh, British actress (b. 1913)
- 1968 – Jo Schlesser, French race car driver (b. 1928)
- 1971 – Claude Gauvreau, Canadian writer (b. 1925)
- 1971 – Ub Iwerks, American artist, director, and cartoonist (b. 1901)
- 1972 – Patriarch Athenagoras I of Constantinople (b. 1886)
- 1972 – Talal of Jordan (b. 1909)
- 1973 – Max Horkheimer, German philosopher and sociologist (b. 1895)
- 1973 – Veronica Lake, American actress (b. 1919)
- 1975 – Ruffian, American race horse (b. 1972)
- 1976 – Walter Giesler, American football coach (b. 1910)
- 1980 – Dore Schary, American writer and producer (b. 1905)
- 1981 – Peace Pilgrim, American activist (b. 1908)
- 1984 – Carl Boenish, American BASE jumper and cinematographer (b. 1941)
- 1984 – Alexander Fu, Hong Kong actor (b. 1954)
- 1984 – George Oppen, American poet (b. 1908)
- 1987 – Germaine Thyssens-Valentin, Franco-Dutch classical pianist (b. 1902)
- 1987 – Hannelore Schroth, German actress (b. 1922)
- 1990 – Cazuza, Brazilian singer-songwriter and composer (Barão Vermelho) (b. 1958)
- 1990 – Bill Cullen, American game show host (b. 1920)
- 1993 – Mia Zapata, American singer (The Gits) (b. 1965)
- 1994 – Carlo Chiti, Italian engineer (b. 1924)
- 1994 – Friedrich August Freiherr von der Heydte, German Luftwaffe officer (b. 1907)
- 1998 – Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, Nigerian industrialist and politician (b. 1937)
- 1999 – Vikram Batra, Indian army officer and Param Vir Chakra recipient (b. 1974)
- 1999 – Julie Campbell Tatham, American writer (b. 1908)
- 2000 – Kenny Irwin, Jr., American race car driver (b. 1969)
- 2001 – Fred Neil, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1936)
- 2002 – Bison Dele, American basketball player (b. 1969)
- 2003 – Izhak Graziani, Bulgarian conductor (b. 1924)
- 2003 – Vlado Kristl, Croatian painter, animator and director (b. 1923)
- 2006 – Juan de Ávalos, Spanish sculptor (b. 1911)
- 2006 – Syd Barrett, English singer-songwriter and musician (Pink Floyd and Stars) (b. 1946)
- 2006 – John Money, New Zealand-American sexologist and author (b. 1921)
- 2008 – Bruce Conner, American sculptor, painter, and photographer (b. 1933)
- 2008 – Dorian Leigh, American model (b. 1917)
- 2011 – Allan W. Eckert, American historian, novelist and naturalist (b. 1931)
- 2011 – Dick Williams, American baseball player and manager (b. 1929)
- 2012 – Ronaldo Cunha Lima, Brazilian poet and politician (b. 1936)
- 2012 – Mouss Diouf, French-Senegalese actor and comedian (b. 1964)
- 2012 – Ralph Raymond Loffmark, Canadian lawyer and politician (b. 1920)
- 2012 – Jerry Norman, American sinologist and linguist (b. 1936)
- 2012 – Leon Schlumpf, Swiss politician (b. 1927)
- 2012 – Jimmy Tansey, English footballer (b. 1929)
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Day:
- Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Solomon Islands from the United Kingdom in 1978.
- Ivan Kupala Day (Belarus, Poland, Russia, Ukraine)
- Saba Saba Day (Tanzania)
- Tanabata (Japan)