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Interesting Word - Malapropism

A malapropism is the "inappropriate" use of a word. It is derived from the French phrase mal à propos (literally "ill-suited").

(It's also called a Dogberryism or acyrologia. Basically if you substitute an incorrect word for a word with a similar sound, you've made a malapropism, for example: "I resemble that remark", instead of "I resent that remark". If you want to see it in action, just read Sheridan's 1775 play 'The Rivals', and in particular the character Mrs. Malaprop.)

On This Day

July 28th

1540 – Thomas Cromwell was executed at the order of Henry VIII of England on charges of treason. Henry married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, on the same day.

1794 – French Revolution: Maximilien Robespierre and Louis Antoine de Saint-Just were executed by guillotine in Paris, France.

1821 – José de San Martín declared the independence of Peru from Spain.

1868 – The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified, establishing African American citizenship and guaranteeing due process of law.

1914 – World War I: Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia after Serbia rejected the conditions of an ultimatum sent by Austria on July 23 following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

1943 – World War II: Operation Gomorrah – The Royal Air Force bombed Hamburg, Germany causing a firestorm that killed 42,000 German civilians.

1945 – A U.S. Army B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building killing 14 and injuring 26.

1948 – The Flying …

On This Day

26th July

1745 – The first recorded women's cricket match took place near Guildford, England

1803 – The Surrey Iron Railway, arguably the world's first public railway, opened in south London.

1847 – Liberia declared independence.

1944 – The first German V-2 rocket hit Great Britain.

1945 – The Potsdam Declaration was signed in Potsdam, Germany.

1945 - Clement Attlee became Britain's new prime minister after Labour won a sweeping victory. (It's always a bit surprising to think of this when you consider how popular Churchill was during the war. Maybe people just wanted to look to the future and forget the past.)

1952 - Eva Peron died.

1963 - Thousands were killed during an earthquake in the Yugoslavian city of Skopje.

1989 – A federal grand jury indicted Cornell University student Robert T. Morris, Jr. for releasing the Morris worm. He was the first person to be prosecuted under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

On This Day

25th July

1943 - Italian dictator Benito Mussolini stepped down as head of the armed forces and the government.

1969 - Senator Edward Kennedy plead guilty to leaving the scene of a crime following the Chappaquiddick car crash.

1978 - The first so called 'test tube baby' was born in Manchester, England.

1992 - The Olympic Games opened in Barcelona with all countries present for the first time in modern history.

2000 - 113 people died when Concorde crashed minutes after take-off from Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris. Concorde was out of service for more than a year after the Paris crash, it struggled to attract enough passengers and was retired in October 2003 as it was no longer profitable.

On This Day 1942 to 2005

23rd July

1942 – The Treblinka extermination camp was opened.

1961 – The Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) was founded in Nicaragua.

1967 – Riots broke out in Detroit, Michigan, one of the worst riots in United States history, by the end 43 people were killed, 342 injured and 1,400 buildings burnt to the ground.

1974- The military government in Greece collapses and the former prime minister Constantine Karamanlis was invited to return.

1982 – The International Whaling Commission voted to end commercial whaling by 1985-86.

1983 – The Sri Lankan Civil War began with the killing of 13 Sri Lanka Army soldiers by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. In the subsequent government-organised pogrom of Black July, about 1,000 Tamils were slaughtered, some 400,000 Tamils fled to neighbouring Tamil Nadu, India and many found refuge in Europe and Canada.

1984 – Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign when she surrendered her crown after nude photos of her appeared in P…

On This Day 1829 to 1929

23rd July

1829 – In the United States, William Austin Burt patented the Typographer, a precursor to the typewriter.

1840 – The Province of Canada was created by the Act of Union.

1892 – Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia was born.

1903 – The Ford Motor Company sold its first car.

1904 - The first ice cream cone was served.

1914 – Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia demanding Serbia allow the Austrians to determine who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Serbia rejected those demands and Austria declared war on July 28.

1926 – Fox Film bought the patents of the Movietone sound system for recording sound onto film.

1929 – The Fascist government in Italy banned the use of foreign words.


On This Day

1298 – King Edward I of England and his longbowmen defeated William Wallace and his Scottish schiltrons outside the town of Falkirk.

1456 – John Hunyadi, Regent of Kingdom of Hungary defeats Mehmet II of Ottoman Empire in Belgrade.

1894 – The first ever motorized racing event was held in France between the cities of Paris and Rouen. The race was won by Jules de Dion.

1916 – In San Francisco, California, a bomb exploded on Market Street during a Preparedness Day parade killing 10 and injuring 40. The true identity of the bomber (or bombers) remains unknown.

1933 – Wiley Post became the first person to fly solo around the world, traveling 15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.

1934 – "Public Enemy No. 1" John Dillinger was mortally wounded by FBI agents, outside Chicago's Biograph Theatre.

1942 – The systematic deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto began.

1944 – The Polish Committee of National Liberation published its manifesto, starting the period of Co…

On This Day

21st July

365 – A tsunami devestated the city of Alexandria, Egypt. The tsunami was caused by an earthquake estimated to be 8.0 on the Richter Scale. 5,000 people perished in the Alexandria, and 45,000 more died outside of the city.

1403 – King Henry IV of England defeated rebels to the north of the county town of Shropshire, England.

1545 – French troops landed on the coast of the Isle of Wight.

1904 – Louis Rigolly, a Frenchman, became the first man to break the 100mph barrier on land. He drove a 15-liter Gobron-Brille in Ostend, Belgium.

1925 – In Dayton, Tennessee, high school biology teacher John T. Scopes was found guilty of teaching evolution in class and fined $100.

1925 – Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first man to break the 150mph land barrier at Pendine Sands in Wales. He drove a Sunbeam to a two-way average of 150.33mph.

1969 – Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission.

1972 – The Provisional I…

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