First TV Commercial……
July 1, 1941…..
Television’s first official commercial is aired by WNBT of New York. It was a 10-second ad for Bulova Watches. It was a WNBT test pattern modified to look like a clock. The Bulova logo, with the phrase “Bulova Watch Time”, appeared in the lower right-hand of the test pattern.
This was the first day that commercial television was authorized in the U.S. While this was the first official legally authorized TV ad, stations had previously read messages from sponsors as “experiments” in advertising.
The U.K. wouldn’t get TV ads until 1955.
Olympics – First Time Held in the U.S.
July 1, 1904
The Olympic games make their way to the U.S., opening at the St. Louis Exposition. Due to high travel expenses, many European athletes did not attend, including Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who restarted the Olympic games in 1896 (after a 1600 year absence). Only 62 of the 651 athletes came from outside North America, and only 12-15 nations were represented. This was the first time the Olympics were held outside of Europe. Gymnast George Eyser would win six medals in a single day, even though he had a wooden leg. The 1904 Summer Olympics are also notable as the first of the modern Olympics to have black Africans compete, both competing in the Marathon. Len Tau (Len Taunyane) and Yamasani (real Jan Mashiani) were two Tswana tribesmen who were in St. Louis Exposition side show and decided to enter the marathon at the last minute. The games ran till November 23.
Civil War – Battle of Gettysburg
July 1, 1863
This battle marked the beginning of the end for the South. Confederate General Robert E. Lee had marched his men into Pennsylvania where he was met by Union General George G. Meade at Gettysburg. Before the battle ended on July 3rd, each side would lose more than 3,000 men. This was the deadliest battle of the war. Union casualties were 23,055 (3,155 killed, 14,531 wounded, 5,369 captured or missing), while Confederate casualties are estimated as 23,231 (4,708 killed, 12,693 wounded, 5,830 captured or missing). Nearly a third of Lee’s general officers were killed, wounded, or captured. After his defeat, Lee offered his resignation to President Jefferson Davis, but was refused.
Income Tax Withholding
July 1, 1943
Income Tax withholding goes into effect requiring employers to collect taxes from their employees as they are paid.
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