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Rodeo, Granite Mountain Hotshots and Fourth of July: June 30 – July 5 Week in History

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This week we celebrate the 4th of July and the founding of our nation almost 250 years ago. Also this week in history marks several notable events involving our city of Prescott, Arizona, as well as the first bikini and shark attacks along the Jersey Shore.

June 30, 2013: Granite Mountain Hotshots

On June 30, 2013, nineteen wildland firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew were killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire. The Hotshots crew came from the nearby community of Prescott, Arizona. The Yarnell Hill Fire remains one of the worst fire disasters in American history and the deadliest since the September 11 attacks.

July 1, 1916: Jersey Shore Sharks attacks

On July 1, 1916, the first in a wave of five shark attacks occurred off the coast of New Jersey. The attacks continued through July 16, during a heat wave that drove thousands to the beaches. The brutal and deadly attacks took root in the American conscience as national newspapers arrived on the scene and wrote gruesome, sensational stories about the events. Panic and hysteria gripped Americans up and down the coast.

Armed patrol boats hunted sharks with guns and dynamite, while Congress offered a large reward to “eliminate the shark menace in New Jersey.” The attacks are believed to have permanently changed America’s stance on sharks from large, mostly harmless fish to dangerous man-eaters. Even the scientific community revised their assessment of sharks so that they were not “timid and powerless” creatures at the mercy of humans. Many people believe that Steven Speilberg’s blockbuster Jaws was actually inspired by the 1916 Jersey shark attacks, although the filmmaker and author of the original Jaws novel, Peter Bencheley, denied this.

July 1, 1898: Battle of San Juan Hill

The Battle of San Juan Hill took place on July 1, 1898. The battle outside Santiago, Cuba, ended in a decisive victory for American forces en route to victory in the Spanish-American War. At the center of the fighting were two main regiments of American soldiers: a large contingent of black soldiers, known as Buffalo Soldiers, alongside the First US Volunteer Cavalry, also known as the Rough Riders.

Buffalo Soldiers trace their roots back to the end of the Civil War, when a large number of black cavalry and infantry regiments were established. Most soldiers saw action on the Central Plains in the late 1800s fighting against Native Americans, where they were nicknamed the Buffalo Soldiers.

The Rough Riders were a collection of Western cowboys recruited by future President Teddy Roosevelt and his colleagues in 1898 to strengthen the undermanned U.S. Army. Recruits included famous frontiersmen, Wild West lawyers, and marksmen from Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arizona. The Arizona Rough Riders were recruited and led by Prescott Mayor William “Buckey” O’Neill. The soldiers trained at Fort Whipple in Prescott and went to glory on the battlefields of Cuba.

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July 1, 1863: Battle of Gettysburg

On July 1, 1863, the tide turned in the American Civil War when the Battle of Gettysburg was fought between large Union and Confederate forces in Pennsylvania. The fighting lasted three days and resulted in the highest number of casualties of the war. Many historians believe that without a Union victory at Gettysburg, the Confederacy would have won the Civil War.

July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence signed

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed by members of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The document announced the colonies’ intention to become an independent nation and explained the reasons for their separation from Britain.

Two Founding Fathers who signed the Declaration and later became the second and third Presidents of the United States, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, died on July 26, 1826. Jefferson’s last words were reportedly asking if it was the Fourth of July yet, while Adams’ last words were that Jefferson was still alive, even though he had died hours earlier.

A third U.S. president, James Monroe, died five years later, on July 4, 1831. Monroe did not sign the Declaration of Independence, but he fought in the Revolutionary War and later signed the U.S. Constitution.

July 4, 1888: The World’s Oldest Rodeo began

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The world’s oldest rodeo began on July 4, 1888, in Prescott, Arizona, when a group of local merchants and businessmen held a “Cowboy Tournament,” offering cash prizes for the winners. The Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo has been held every year since the 4th of July holiday. There are other annual rodeos in the United States and Mexico that claim the title of the world’s oldest rodeo, many of which began on the 4th of July in the late 1800s, but the Prescott rodeo claims exclusive ownership of the title because it has never failed to retain the title. annual competition every year for the past 136 years.

July 5, 1946: Bikini introduced

On July 5, 1946, French fashion designer Louis Réard introduced the world to his latest creation: the bikini. Réard named his swimsuit after the Bikini Atoll, a coral reef in the South Pacific where nuclear tests were conducted by the United States in 1946.

Two-piece swimsuits had been worn by European women since the 1930s, but the bikini was a major change in design; Significantly less fabric was used, allowing much more skin to show. The bikini was immediately popular on beaches along the Mediterranean, but only became popular in the US in the 1960s.

This week’s obscure holidays

This week’s obscure holidays include Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day, a chance to find a shop that makes its own ice cream and indulges in flavors like salted butter corn, strawberry jalapeno, or pork belly. Work Without Your Hands Day originated from the cartoon Spongebob Squarepants and the holiday is a tribute to everyone who loves the show. Hop a Park Day is an opportunity to explore the various public parks in your area and connect with your community. Independent Beer Run Day promotes the purchase of local craft beers in advance of the 4th of July, while Work-a-holics Day is a chance to take a step back and focus on balancing our work and home lives.

June 30th: Food Truck Day, Asteroid/Meteor Day, Social Media Day, Leap Second Adjustment Day

July 1st: Canada Day, Resolution Renewal Day, Second Half of the Year Day, Tartan Day, Postman Day, Postal Code Day, Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day, Chicken Wing Day, Joke Day

July 2nd: World UFO Day, Wildland Firefighters Day, I Forgot Day

3 July: Compliment Your Mirror Day, Fried Mussels Day, Stay Out of the Sun, Superman Day, Drop a Rock Day, Plastic Bag Day, Disobedience Day, Eat Bean Day, Independent Beer Run Day

July 4: USA Independence Day, BBQ Ribs Day, Hot Dog Eating Day, Boom Box Parade Day, Country Music Day, Sidewalk Egg Fry Day

July 5: Bikini Day, Thong Day, Work Without Your Hands Day, Big Tech Day, Apple Sales Day, Work-a-holics Day

6th of July: Kissing day, Take your webmaster to lunch day, Hop a Park day, Cherry pit spitting day, Fried chicken day, Play outside day

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