Charles Darwin publishes his theory of evolution.
August 20, 1858
The theory of biological evolution is more than “just a theory.” It is as factual an explanation of the universe as the atomic theory of matter or the germ theory of disease. Our understanding of gravity is still a work in progress. But the phenomenon of gravity, like evolution, is an accepted fact.
– American Association for the Advancement of Science
Abu Jafar al-Mansur Founds Baghdad
July 30, 762 C.E.
If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said “faster horses.”
~ Henry Ford
First Ford Model A Sold
July 23, 1903
. . . I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff—I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.
The Catcher in the Rye Published
July 16, 1951
“Night and day, wind and storm, tide and earthquake, impeded man no longer. He had harnessed Leviathan. All the old literature, with its praise of Nature, and its fear of Nature, rang false as the prattle of a child.”
― E.M. Forster, The Machine Stops
First Zeppelin Flight
July 2, 1900
“a space of time is a great breeder of myths.”
― Nathaniel Philbrick, The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
Battle Of Little Bighorn
June 25, 1876
We have met the enemy and they are ours.
Two ships, two brigs, one schooner and one sloop.
Yours with great respect and esteem,
U.S. Declares War
Jun 18, 1812
“Everything is more beautiful because we are doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.”
― Homer, The Iliad
June 11, 1184 BC
Montgolfier Brothers First Manned Ascent
June 4, 1783
One year later, on June 4th, Élisabeth Thible became the first woman to fly in a hot air balloon.