Searching the Wikipedia History of Our Many Beginnings and Endings for Some Sign of the Disaster to Come:

*July 29 - In Anticipation of the Beginning

1967 - Vietnam War: Off the coast of North Vietnam the USS Forrestal catches on fire in the worst U.S. naval disaster since World War II, killing 134.

1967 - At the fourth day of celebrating its 400th anniversary, the city of Caracas, Venezuela was shaken by an earthquake, leaving approximately 500 dead.

1976 - In New York City, the "Son of Sam" kills one person and seriously wounds another in the first of a series of attacks.

1981 - Lady Diana Spencer marries Charles, Prince of Wales.

*August 6/7 - The Beginning

August 6, 1945 - World War II: Hiroshima is devastated when an atomic bomb, "Little Boy", is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 90,000 people were killed instantly.

*January 6/7 - The New Beginning

1540 - King Henry VIII of England marries Anne of Cleves

1929 - Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta to begin a legacy of work amongst India's poorest and diseased people

1994 - Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the right leg by an assailant under orders from figure skating rival Tonya Harding.

*April 20 - "The End"

1902 - Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride.

1979 - Jimmy Carter's rabbit incident.

1999 - 14 students (including the two gunmen) and a teacher die in the Columbine High School massacre.

*June 2 - Or, Not the End.

1793 - Jean-Paul Marat recites the names of 29 people to the French National Convention. Almost all of these are guillotined, followed by 17,000 more over the course of the next year during the Reign of Terror.

1990 - Lower Ohio Valley Tornado Outbreak spawns 88 confirmed tornados in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, killing 9. Petersburg, Indiana was the hardest-hit town in the outbreak, with 6 deaths.

*July 4 - The End, By Default.

1054 - A supernova is observed by the Chinese, the Arabs and possibly Amerindians near the star ζ Tauri. For several months it remains bright enough to be seen during the day. Its remnants form the Crab Nebula.

1776 - American Independence Day . The United States Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress declaring itself free of British rule. Signed in Philadelphia.

1939 - Lou Gehrig, recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, tells a crowd at Yankee Stadium that he considered himself "The luckiest man on the face of the earth" as he announces his retirement from major league baseball

*July 14 - Or, Not the End?

1789 - French Revolution: Citizens of Paris storm the Bastille and free seven prisoners.

1865 - First ascent of the Matterhorn by Edward Whymper and party, four of whom died on the descent.

2002 - During Bastille Day celebrations, French President Jacques Chirac escapes an assassination attempt unscathed.

*July 25 - The! End!

864 - Edict of Pistres of Charles the Bald orders defensive measures against the Vikings.

1946 - Operation Crossroads: An atomic bomb is detonated underwater in the lagoon of Bikini atoll.

1980 - Australian hard rock band AC/DC release the album Back in Black. This album goes on to be the 2nd best selling album in history.

*July 31 - Just Kidding.

904 - Thessalonica falls to the Arabs, who destroy the city.

1588 - The Spanish Armada is spotted off the coast of England.

1703 - Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers.

1999 - Discovery Program: Lunar Prospector - NASA intentionally crashes the spacecraft into the Moon


- Kleine Fliege