On the 31st July 1970, the British Royal Navy issued the last daily rum ration, or “tot”, to sailors.
On the 30th July 1792, a group of volunteer soldiers from the city of Marseille were the first to introduce and sing “La Marseillaise” in Paris.
On the 29th July 1567, James VI was crowned king of Scotland when he was just 13 months old.
Exactly one month after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.
The first ever women’s cricket match was played on Gosden Common near Guildford in Surrey.
Referred to mockingly as ‘Hotel Escobar’, the prison was staffed by guards chosen by the drugs lord himself.
On the 19th July 1799, an announcement was made of the discovery of a slab of rock covered in carvings by French Lieutenant Pierre-François Bouchard in the area around Fort Julien near the Egyptian town…
Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci scored the first ever perfect 10 in Olympic history on the uneven bars at the Summer Games in Montreal.
Moscow’s Trinity Church, later renamed Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat and better known as Saint Basil’s Cathedral, was consecrated.
The Vichy government was established in France after the National Assembly approved a new French Constitutional Law that granted full powers to Marshal Pétain.
The Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle went into production in the Soviet Union.
On the 5th July 1948, healthcare provision in the UK was nationalized when the National Health Service was launched.
The world speed record for locomotives – steam trains – was set on the 3rd July 1938 by Number 4468 Mallard.
On the 1st July 1903 the first Tour de France cycling race took place over 19 days and six stages.