This Day in History: July

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July 19, 1799: Rosetta Stone Discovered
1: July 19, 1799: Rosetta Stone Discovered

The Rosetta Stone—a rock inscribed with parallel passages of ancient Greek writing, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and Demotic script—has had quite a history. Follow this chapter of its transient story involving Napoleon and what the black basalt slab meant to him.

9 min
July 27, 1953: The Korean War Ends
2: July 27, 1953: The Korean War Ends

Examine how the Korean War Veterans Memorial came into being and how its different elements pay tribute to the troops and civilians who were involved in the conflict.

8 min
July 6, 1885:  Louis Pasteur Prevents Rabies
3: July 6, 1885: Louis Pasteur Prevents Rabies

Examine how French scientist Louis Pasteur brought forth a major advancement in vaccine immunology by inoculating a boy infected with rabies with a weakened form of the rabies virus.

4 min
July 16, 1872: Roald Amundsen is Born
4: July 16, 1872: Roald Amundsen is Born

Amundsen lived a life of unparalleled adventure, leading the first successful expedition through the Northwest Passage and the first airship flight over the North Pole. But his greatest achievement was undoubtedly his race to the South Pole against British explorer Robert Falcon Scott.

10 min
July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap for Mankind
5: July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap for Mankind

This day in history, July 20, 1969 … at 4:17 pm eastern daylight time, the Apollo 11 lunar module Eagle lands. That same night, American astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first human being to set foot on the moon, followed 19 minutes later by Buzz Aldrin.

8 min