To­day in his­tory

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To­day is Satur­day, July 29, the 210th day of 2017 and the 40th day of sum­mer.

On this date in the SCV: In 1921, The Sig­nal re­ported that a crew of four­teen men, in­clud­ing car­pen­ters, graders and helpers, were rapidly bring­ing to com­ple­tion the first struc­ture of the Union Oil Com­pany’s dis­tribut­ing plant on the high­way just south of Ne­whall. Cor­ru­gated iron was be­ing used for sid­ing sup­ported by a sub­stan­tial frame­work. The build­ing mea­sured 98 x 26 feet and would house a gen­eral sup­ply of the com­pany’s barrel oils. This new plant was to be a very valu­able as­set to Ne­whall’s com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity and could not help but be a mag­net for other en­ter­pris­ing con­cerns.

To­day’s High­lights in His­tory: In 1899, the first Hague Con­ven­tions

defin­ing the “laws of war” were signed. In 1948, the first Olympic Games since 1936

be­gan in Lon­don. In 1958, Pres­i­dent Dwight D. Eisen­hower signed the Na­tional Aero­nau­tics and Space Act, cre­at­ing NASA. In 1965, the first 4,000 para­troop­ers from the 101st Air­borne Di­vi­sion ar­rived in Viet­nam. In 1981, Prince Charles and Lady Diana

Spencer were mar­ried at St. Paul’s Cathe­dral in Lon­don.

To­day’s fact: Gen­eral Motors Corp. ac­quired the Cadil­lac Au­to­mo­bile Co. for $4.5 mil­lion in GM stock on this day in 1909.

To­day’s sports: In 2003, Bill Mueller of the Bos­ton Red Sox be­came the only ma­jor league bat­ter in his­tory to hit grand slams from both sides of the plate in a sin­gle game. The Red Sox de­feated the Texas Rangers 14-7.

To­day’s num­ber: 700 mil­lion -- es­ti­mated num­ber of peo­ple world­wide who watched the wed­ding of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer on tele­vi­sion.

To­day’s moon: Be­tween new moon (July 23) and first quar­ter moon (July 30).

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