124: Merv Griffin

July 6 marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of American entertainer and businessman Merv Griffin. Here are some things you may not have known about Griffin. First, he started out as a singer on the radio in San Francisco, eventually earning enough money to start his own record label. His album “Songs by Merv Griffin” was the first American […]

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123: Sinking of the French Fleet

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the French Fleet by the British in World War II. Here are some things you may not have known about the action. First, the British sank the fleet after the Vichy French government signed a truce with Germany. The Vichy government was viewed as little more than a puppet regime for […]

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122: Assassination of President James Garfield

Today marks the 134th anniversary of the shooting of U.S. President James Garfield. Here are some things you may not have known about the assassination. First, While Garfield was shot on July 2, he lived for 11 weeks until dying of an infection related the to gunshot. Experts have said Garfield likely would have survived if not for the poor […]

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121: ZIP Codes

On this date in 1963, ZIP codes were introduced across the United States. Here are some things you may not have known about postal codes. First, 20 years earlier, the US Post Office introduced zone codes for large cities. Mail would be addressed with a city name, zone number and state, such as Seattle 9 Washington. This was the basis […]

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