Today in history
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).