1st July - On this Day
What does the 1st July have to offer, well on this day...
Let's first look at the monthly events, first of all, we hope July has plenty of sunshine as it is Grill month, the sizzle, the smoke and the mouthwatering aromas that come from a grill can be yours if you take the time out this month and enjoy the fun and ease of cooking on a grill.
It is also Parks and Recreation Month, throughout July, people everywhere should visit their local parks and recreation facilities and celebrate why parks and recreation are so vital in our lives.
Rev your engines as it is Women's Motorcycles Month, this month is dedicated to honouring women who ride, co-ride or wish they could ride motorcycles.
On a more serious note, the month of July is Worldwide bereaved Parents Month. This month seeks to promote support for bereaved parents. Often people don't know what to say to or do for grieving parents. This observance encourages people to reach out to bereaved parents and their families by listening to them without advising them, giving them a shoulder to cry on and giving them a hug when appropriate and needed. Basically, this month seeks to inspire people to "be there" for the bereaved individuals. "Remember to reach out to the bereaved so they won't have to grieve alone."
It is also a month to support and celebrate women with Alopecia. This month seeks to raise awareness of women and girls living with autoimmune alopecia areata. Nonprofit sponsor Bald Girls Do Lunch supports events to raise public awareness, foster camaraderie and build self-confidence for women with hair loss diseases. For more information see https://www.baldgirlsdolunch.org/
So what does this day have to offer?
On this day in 1847, the first US postage stamps were issued by the US Postal Service, a five-cent stamp picturing Benjamin Franklin and a 10-cent stamp honouring George Washington. Stamps had been issued by private postal services in the US prior to this date.
The year after the first photographs were used in a newspaper report. The first instance of photojournalism occurred during the Paris Riots of 1848 when an enterprising French photographer known only as Thibault scrambled to a rooftop to chronicle the events. Taken on June 25 and 26, the two resulting daguerreotypes show first a deserted street, the rue St. Maur, with barricades, and then the same street with insurgents and the military in combat. Wood engravings were made of the daguerreotypes, and on July 1, 1848, the images appeared in the weekly newspaper L'Illustration Journal Universel. More than 3,000 Parisians lost their lives during the June revolt.