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14-year old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci at the XXI Olympiad in Montreal, Canada - July 22, 1976
During a team competition on July 18, Comaneci’s routine on the uneven bars was awarded a perfect ten. It was the first time in modern Olympic gymnastics history that the score had ever been awarded. When Omega SA, the traditional Olympics scoreboard manufacturer, asked before the 1976 games whether four digits would be necessary for gymnastics, it was told that a perfect 10.00 was not possible. Nadia’s perfect marks were thus displayed as 1.00 instead. 
Comăneci would earn six additional tens, en route to capturing the all-around, beam, and bars titles, and a bronze medal on the floor exercise. The Romanian team also placed second in the team competition, capturing silver.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadia_Comăneci
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14-year old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci at the XXI Olympiad in Montreal, Canada - July 22, 1976

During a team competition on July 18, Comaneci’s routine on the uneven bars was awarded a perfect ten. It was the first time in modern Olympic gymnastics history that the score had ever been awarded. When Omega SA, the traditional Olympics scoreboard manufacturer, asked before the 1976 games whether four digits would be necessary for gymnastics, it was told that a perfect 10.00 was not possible. Nadia’s perfect marks were thus displayed as 1.00 instead. 

Comăneci would earn six additional tens, en route to capturing the all-around, beam, and bars titles, and a bronze medal on the floor exercise. The Romanian team also placed second in the team competition, capturing silver.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadia_Comăneci

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. holding a puff adder.  Kenya, July 23, 1974
Photo: Keystone/Getty

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. holding a puff adder.  Kenya, July 23, 1974

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July 4, 1953
Photo: Francis Miller//Time Life

July 4, 1953

Photo: Francis Miller//Time Life

July 4, 1826: Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, dies on the same day as John Adams, second president of the United States, on the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence.

Image: Writing the Declaration of Independence, 1776 by J.L.G. Ferris, showing Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams meet at Jefferson’s lodgings, on the corner of Seventh and High (Market) streets in Philadelphia, to review a draft of the Declaration of Independence. (Library of Congress)

July 4, 1826: Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, dies on the same day as John Adams, second president of the United States, on the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence.

Image: Writing the Declaration of Independence, 1776 by J.L.G. Ferris, showing Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams meet at Jefferson’s lodgings, on the corner of Seventh and High (Market) streets in Philadelphia, to review a draft of the Declaration of Independence. (Library of Congress)

July 3, 1952:  On her maiden voyage, the S.S. United States broke the transatlantic speed record held by Queen Mary for the previous 14 years by over 10 hours, making the maiden crossing from the Ambrose lightship at New York Harbor to Bishop Rock off Cornwall, UK in 3 days, 10 hours, 40 minutes at an average speed of 35.59 knots. The liner also broke the westbound crossing record by returning to America in 3 days 12 hours and 12 minutes at an average speed of 34.51 knots, thereby obtaining both the eastbound and westbound speed records and the Blue Riband, the first time a US-flagged ship had held the speed record since SS Baltic claimed the prize 100 years earlier.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_United_States
Photo: SS United States arriving in England, 1952 (M. Fresco)

July 3, 1952:  On her maiden voyage, the S.S. United States broke the transatlantic speed record held by Queen Mary for the previous 14 years by over 10 hours, making the maiden crossing from the Ambrose lightship at New York Harbor to Bishop Rock off Cornwall, UK in 3 days, 10 hours, 40 minutes at an average speed of 35.59 knots. The liner also broke the westbound crossing record by returning to America in 3 days 12 hours and 12 minutes at an average speed of 34.51 knots, thereby obtaining both the eastbound and westbound speed records and the Blue Riband, the first time a US-flagged ship had held the speed record since SS Baltic claimed the prize 100 years earlier.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_United_States

Photo: SS United States arriving in England, 1952 (M. Fresco)

July 2, 1977: Swedish tennis player Bjorn Borg defeats American Jimmy Conners in the final at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in London.
Photo: Mike Stephens

July 2, 1977: Swedish tennis player Bjorn Borg defeats American Jimmy Conners in the final at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in London.

Photo: Mike Stephens

July 1, 1996:  Model and actress Margaux Hemingway, granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, dies at the age of 42 from a drug overdose—later ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles coroners’ office. She died 1 day before the anniversary of her grandfather’s own suicide.
Photo: Still from the film “Lipstick” 1976 (Moviepix/Paramount Pictures}

July 1, 1996:  Model and actress Margaux Hemingway, granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, dies at the age of 42 from a drug overdose—later ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles coroners’ office. She died 1 day before the anniversary of her grandfather’s own suicide.

Photo: Still from the film “Lipstick” 1976 (Moviepix/Paramount Pictures}

The Beach Boys - Los Angeles, July 1967
Photo: Michael Ochs/Getty

The Beach Boys - Los Angeles, July 1967

Photo: Michael Ochs/Getty

June 29, 1776:  The Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet, the first privateer battle of the American Revolutionary War, is fought in Cape May County, New Jersey. The battle also resulted in the first American casualty of the Revolutionary War, Richard Wickes, who served on the Reprisal, captained by his brother Lambert Wickes.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Wickes_(naval_officer)
Photo: Grave of Richard Wickes at Cold Spring Presbyterian Church cemetery in Cape May County, NJ (Zeete/Wikipedia/GFDL)

June 29, 1776:  The Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet, the first privateer battle of the American Revolutionary War, is fought in Cape May County, New Jersey. The battle also resulted in the first American casualty of the Revolutionary War, Richard Wickes, who served on the Reprisal, captained by his brother Lambert Wickes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Wickes_(naval_officer)

Photo: Grave of Richard Wickes at Cold Spring Presbyterian Church cemetery in Cape May County, NJ (Zeete/Wikipedia/GFDL)

June 27, 1957: Hurricane Audrey makes landfall with wind speeds between 145-180 miles per hour near the Texas-Louisiana border killing over 400 people.
Photo: Victim found lying in a field in the aftermath of Hurricane Audrey. June 1957 (Peter Stackpole/Time Life Pictures)

June 27, 1957: Hurricane Audrey makes landfall with wind speeds between 145-180 miles per hour near the Texas-Louisiana border killing over 400 people.

Photo: Victim found lying in a field in the aftermath of Hurricane Audrey. June 1957 (Peter Stackpole/Time Life Pictures)