On July 26, 1775, the United States Postal Service was created by the Second Continental Congress, may God have mercy on their souls. Benjamin Franklin served as the first Postmaster.
On July 26, 1908, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was founded.
On July 26, 1947, President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act, structuring the military-intelligence industrial complex for many years to come.
The National Security Act had three main parts.
First, it streamlined and unified the nation’s military establishment by bringing together the Navy Department and War Department and establishing the Department of the Air Force all under a new Department of Defense. The DoD would facilitate control and utilization of the nation’s growing military.
Second, the act established the National Security Council (NSC). Based in the White House, the NSC was supposed to serve as a coordinating agency, sifting through the increasing flow of diplomatic and intelligence information in order to provide the president with brief but detailed reports.
Finally, the act set up the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The CIA replaced the Central Intelligence Group, which had been established in 1946 to coordinate the intelligence-gathering activities of the various military branches and the Department of State. The CIA, however, was to be much more–it was a separate agency, designed not only to gather intelligence but also to carry out covert operations in foreign nations.
On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush (41) signed the Americans with Disabilities Act.
On July 26, 2015, former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the first pitcher inducted who had undergone Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow.
Smoltz won the 1996 Cy Young award and reached the playoffs 14 times with Atlanta. The Braves won five pennants and the 1995 World Series with Smoltz on the roster. He’s the first pitcher to win more than 200 games and save at least 150 games. He’s also the first player inducted with Tommy John surgery on his resume.
Smoltz understood his debt to John.
“I’m a miracle. I’m a medical miracle,” Smoltz said. “I never took one day for granted.”
Smoltz also heaped praise on former manager Bobby Cox and teammates Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, who were inducted a year ago, and delivered a message to parents of the players of tomorrow as the number of Tommy John surgeries continues to escalate.
“Understand that this is not normal to have a surgery at 14 or 15 years old,” Smoltz said to warm applause. “Baseball is not a year-round sport. They’re competing too hard, too early. That’s why we’re having these problems.”
The Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society seeks volunteers, according to WALB.
The Colquitt County Humane Society is fighting the Animal Homeless population by encouraging people in the community to adopt.
“The first thing is always spaying and neutering your pets to keep unwanted litters from getting there and we find that we take in a lot of puppies and kittens, especially this time of the year,” said Drew Durham, executive director of Colquitt County Humane Society. “So that’s really the main thing there is spay and neuter is a key component to reduce unwanted litters and unwanted population and reducing the stray population.”
“We had a great year for adoptions and rescues in 2020. Last year was a little down and this year is down as well too,” said Durham. “So we’re not sure if it’s just the economy, in general, that’s causing people to not be able to afford to keep their animals. That’s a lot. That’s a big reason that we’re hearing but they’re wanting to bring them over to us as they can’t afford them anymore.”
“I think everybody should take the time and go volunteer at the animal shelter one time, just get the experience. To see the animals that need help and just kind of take it all in,” said [Moultrie resident Angel] Strickland.
They also need pet food, according to a post on Facebook.
Drop off location: 1412 1st ST NE, Moultrie, Ga
Tuesday through Friday 10 AM to 5 PM.
After hours donations can be deposited in donation box to the right of the shelter.
On July 25, 1972, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
On July 25, 1974, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of United States v. Nixon that executive privilege did not allow the White House to refuse to turn over audio recordings that had been subpoenaed by a special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal.
Best line of the day goes to this beauty in the writeup of a dispute over a busted Yeti cooler in the Macon Telegraph.Continue Reading..
Twix was part of a 10-size litter that was rescued on 5/16/22. The rescue group got a call from a lady who found a very pregnant mama dog. The day after this lady found the dog, she had her pups. The lady contacted every rescue to help, and the pound was going to euthanize if the lady took mama and the babies there, so the rescue stepped up.
On July 24, 1778, Georgia ratified the Articles of Confederation.
Georgia’s John Walton was present on July 9, 1778, and signed the document then. Georgia’s other two delegates – Edward Telfair and Edward Langworthy – did not sign until July 24, 1778, which is the date most often used for Georgia’s ratification of the Articles.
An interesting sidenote is that John Walton‘s brother, George Walton, signed the Declaration of Independence on Georgia’s behalf.
General William Tecumseh Sherman gained the upper hand in the Battle of Atlanta on July 22, 1864. Estimated casualties were 12,140 (3,641 Union, 8,499 Confederate).
On July 23, 1864, Union and Confederate forces in and around Atlanta gathered the dead and worked to save the wounded. Union artillery began bombarding Atlanta. On July 23, 2014, Republicans did the same in the aftermath of the Primary Runoff Elections the previous day. Democratic
artillery advertising would soon fill the air.
Former President Ulysses S. Grant died on July 23, 1885.
The Cleveland Metropolitan Park District was established on July 23, 1917 and currently has a set of beautiful parks winding through the city.
On July 22, 1964, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia released their opinion in the case Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States. The court held that the Commerce Clause gave the federal government the ability to order private businesses to comply with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
From the New Georgia Encyclopedia:
Notwithstanding such states’ rights–based challenges, the Court in the Heart of Atlanta Motel and McClung cases unanimously held that the sweeping antidiscrimination provisions of the 1964 Civil Rights Act were a proper exercise of Congress’s power to regulate interstate commerce under Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. In effect, the Court reasoned that race discrimination by even very localized businesses, when viewed in the aggregate, had such far-reaching negative effects on the interstate movement of people and products that Congress could remove these impediments to commerce whether or not its true motives centered on a moral condemnation of racism.
Ensuing enforcement of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 led to the dismantling of many of the most overt forms of racial discrimination, which in turn contributed to the emergence of the “New South” and the explosion of economic activity that spread throughout the region in ensuing decades.
The Heart of Atlanta Motel case would later be heard by the United States Supreme Court.
At 12:51 EDT on Sunday, we mark the safe return from the moon of Apollo 11 on July 24, 1969.
On July 22, 1975, the United States House of Representatives voted to restore U.S. Citizenship to General Robert E. Lee posthumously.
Though President Andrew Johnson issued a proclamation of amnesty and pardon to the Southern rebels in 1865, it required Lee to apply separately. On Oct. 2, 1865, the same day that Lee was inaugurated as president of Washington College in Lexington, Va., he signed the required amnesty oath and filed an application through Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.
Nonetheless, neither was Lee pardoned, nor was his citizenship restored. After receiving it, Secretary of State William Seward gave Lee’s application to a friend as a souvenir. Meanwhile, State Department officials, apparently with Seward’s approval, pigeonholed the oath.
In 1970, an archivist, examining State Department records at the National Archives, found Lee’s lost oath. That discovery helped set in motion a five-year congressional effort to restore citizenship to the general, who had died stateless in 1870.
President Gerald Ford signed the congressional resolution on July 24, 1975, correcting what he said was a 110-year oversight. The signing ceremony took place at Arlington House in Virginia, the former Lee family home. Several Lee descendants, including Robert E. Lee V, his great-great-grandson, attended.
On July 22, 1977, Elvis Costello released his first album, My Aim is True.
The number one song in America on July 23, 1982 was “Eye of the Tiger,” by Survivor, from the Rocky III soundtrack.
John Smoltz started his first game as a major league pitcher on July 23, 1988, as the Braves took a win over the New York Mets.
On July 24, 2000, former Georgia Governor Zell Miller was appointed to the United States Senate to serve in the seat vacated on the death of Senator Paul Coverdell.
Aaron is a 69-pound male Hound mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA. Like your humble narrator, Aaron might could stand to lose a few pounds.
Gwinnett County Police introduced their newest
pack member canine officer, a hound mix K-9 Sika, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.
Gwinnett County Police introduced the newest member of their K-9 Unit, K-9 Sika, to the media at Hebron Baptist Church on Wednesday. Sika is a cross between a Hanoverian Hound and a Plott Hound.
Union General Irvin McDowell’s forces engaged Confederates under General Pierre G.T. Beauregard and General Joseph Johnston at the First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run on July 21, 1861.
On July 21, 1868, the Georgia General Assembly ratified the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution as a condition for readmission.
On July 21, 1988, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis accepted the Democratic nomination for President at the National Convention in Atlanta.
Oconee County firefighters rescued a dog down a well, according to the Macon Telegraph.
A dog tumbled 35 feet into a water well — then Georgia firefighters rushed in to help. Photos from Oconee County firefighters show crews racing on Saturday, July 16, to pull the pup to safety the day after it had fallen .
“The well was around 35ft in depth, 2ft in diameter, and had water at a depth of around 8ft,” according to a July 16 post on the Oconee County Fire Rescue Facebook page.
The boxer, which weighed at least 50 pounds, was seen being carried from the well. Another photo appears to show the dog with an oxygen mask around its face.
This beautiful little angel is part of a litter of 7 Pyrenees mixes. Both Mom and Dad are Great Pyrenees mixes. Vera is very sweet and loves to play. She can be a little timid at first but then wants all the attention she can get. She loves her toys and will follow you around. She is a smart little girl. The shelter thinks she will be big when grown as Mom is about 60lbs and Dad is about 100lbs. A fenced in yard is required as the breed is known to roam. Please no apartment living for this pup. And please children over 5 years old in the home. Vera Fang will be ready for adoption the weekend of July 23rd after she is fully vetted. Accepting adoption applications now. They are currently 7 weeks old.
A pocket Pittie and her 3 tiny pups were empounded by Greene County Animal Control. COFAS rescued the pups when they weaned. They do not know the dad, so cannot determine the size when full grown, but they are very small at 7 weeks. Cute, craving attention, and full of energy.
Josiah is a 5-month old, 25-pound male mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from the Circle of Friends Animal Society Inc. in Greensboro, GA. His 21-pound sister, Jemima, is also available for adoption.
On July 20, 1864, the Battle of Peachtree Creek took place in Atlanta.
Sir Edmund Hillary was born on July 20, 1919 in Auckland, New Zealand. He and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first to summit Mount Everest on May 29, 1953.
When the lunar module lands at 4:18 p.m EDT, only 30 seconds of fuel remain. Armstrong radios “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” Mission control erupts in celebration as the tension breaks, and a controller tells the crew “You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue, we’re breathing again.”
At 10:56 p.m. EDT Armstrong is ready to plant the first human foot on another world. With more than half a billion people watching on television, he climbs down the ladder and proclaims: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Aldrin joins him shortly, and offers a simple but powerful description of the lunar surface: “magnificent desolation.” They explore the surface for two and a half hours, collecting samples and taking photographs.
They leave behind an American flag, a patch honoring the fallen Apollo 1 crew, and a plaque on one of Eagle’s legs. It reads, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”
Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton gave the speech nominating Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis for President on July 20, 1988 at the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta. Dukakis accepted the nomination the next day.
Clinton’s performance was widely panned.
[Clinton] bombed so badly that there was speculation it might spoil his political future.
The prime-time speech would be a perfect opportunity for Clinton to regain some of the ground he’d lost to Gore and to reestablish himself as the one to watch from the party’s moderate/Southern wing.
But he blew it. The speech he delivered was long – 33 minutes, or twice the expected length – and mechanical. It only took a few minutes for convention delegates to tune him out, as the din of their conversations began drowning him out on television. Eventually, the broadcast networks began cutting away from his speech, with commentators noting the crowd’s complete lack of interest. The lowlight came when Clinton uttered the words “In closing,” prompting a spontaneous round of sarcastic cheers from the audience. His home state paper summed it up this way:
ATLANTA Gov. Bill Clinton’s big national moment his prime time speech Wednesday night in nomination of Michael Dukakis was an unmitigated disaster.
The Los Angeles Times has a great contemporaneous take on the speech.