July 6, Monday - First All-Star baseball game, 1933. As July (weather), so the next January. Will is no skill.
July 7, Tuesday - Satchel Paige born, 1906. Marc Chagall born, 1887.July 8, Wednesday - The Liberty Bell cracked, 1835. First public reading of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia, 1776.
July 9, Thursday - Full Thunder Moon. J.D. Rockefeller Sr. born, 1839.
July 10, Friday - If it rains today, it will rain for seven weeks.
July 11, Saturday - John Quincy Adams born, 1767. E.B. White born, 1899. Aaron Burr fatally wounded Alexander Hamilton in duel, 1804.
July 12, Sunday - U.S. minimum wage 40 cents per hour, 1933.
Ask the Old Farmer's Almanac: I always thought safe-deposit boxes were for jewels. What DO people put in them?
- F.R., Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Answer: You could store the family jewels there, but it would only be practical if you never (or very rarely) wear them. Most people prefer to use safe-deposit boxes for valuable papers. If you don't travel out of the country more than once a year, you might keep passports there. The originals of birth certificates, wills, marriage records, stock and bond certificates, divorce decrees or adoption papers would all be good choices for the safe deposit. Many people make photocopies of these originals, to keep at home or in their office in a file cabinet, then let the originals sit safe at the bank. Household deeds and morgage contracts might be kept in a safe deposit, as well as written inventories or photos of valuables in case you had to replace them. Appraisals, receipts and insurance policies are other likely candidates for inclusion. Whatever you keep there, you'll want to make a complete list of the contents for referral at home or office. Don't neglect to update it, as necessary. Also, keep in mind that your annual fee for the safe-deposit box may be a deductible item on your tax returns.
Ask the Old Farmer's Almanac: So, what about that Burr-Hamilton duel? Politics? Or women?
- M.N., Madison, Conn.
Answer: Oh, definitely politics. You could say it started when Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) used his influence to sway the outcome of the 1800 presidential election so that Aaron Burr (1756-1836) became vice president to Jefferson's No. 1 seat. The Constitution did not provide for election of the two posts on separate ballots, so when Jefferson and Burr tied for the presidency, Hamilton stepped in at the House of Representatives level and offered the solution that was ultimately agreed upon: by popular vote, Jefferson first, with Burr in the right-hand seat.
Aaron Burr never liked the situation, for obvious reasons, but he managed to keep his aversion in check for a few years.
Later, however, in 1804, Hamilton again stepped in the path of Aaron Burr, when the latter was vying for the position of governorship of New York. Burr did not get the position, and he accused Hamilton of defaming his character by having called him a "dangerous" man. The reference may have been to Hamilton's earlier support of Jefferson over Burr for the presidency, when Hamilton called Jefferson the "less dangerous man." In any case, Hamilton's answer to the accusation was sufficiently cagey to prompt Burr to call for a duel.
Weehawken Heights, N.J., was the spot chosen. The two arrived and Hamilton was mortally wounded. Burr, however, was severely politically wounded by the scene and left for New Orleans soon after.
Because of Burr's unclear intentions in the South, he was eventually tried for treason, though he was found not guilty.
As for women, well, there was Burr's marriage to the famous Madame Jamel, but that's another story and it occurred long after Hamilton's death . . .
Ask the Old Farmer's Almanac: What were some of the things funded by the Rockefeller Foundation?
- V.N., Aldie, Va.
Answer: Education, medical research and public health were big on the lists. You can credit the advances made against hookworm, malaria, yellow fever and other diseases in part to Rockefeller. John Rockefeller Sr. (1839-1937) was a religious man and chose to give to the Baptist Church, as well as to the Y.M.C.A. and the Anti-Saloon League. He founded the University of Chicago (1892) and the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1901).
The foundation itself did not come into being until 1913, and by then Rockefeller's son, John Jr. (1874-1960), and Frederick T. Gates were instrumental in administering it. John Jr.'s particular interests also ran to religious concerns and scientific research, but he expanded his father's philanthropy to include the restoration of historical monuments and the restoration of colonial Williamsburg. John Jr. was also instrumental in the donation of the United Nations headquarters and the building of Rockefeller Center in New York City.