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Frozen in Time

Frozen in Time

By Emily Maxwell
Associate Editor

July 8 – Mac Brazel finds a mass of unidentifiable materials on his ranch near Roswell, New Mexico. Brazel contacts the local sheriff who, in turn, contacts Roswell’s Air Force base. Soldiers arrive and whisk away the mostly metal materials in an armored truck, touching off the UFO debate, which endures to this day. 1947

July 9 – Mike Tyson’s boxing license is revoked and he is fined $3 million for biting off part Evander Holyfield’s ear in a fight two weeks prior. The fight, originally marketed as “The Sound and the Fury,” later became known as “The Bite Fight” and is known as one of the most bizarre fights in boxing history. 1997

July 10 – Howard Hughes and a four-man crew depart from Long Island, New York for a round-the-world flight, sponsored by the New York World’s Fair. The travel time totals 91 hours, 14 minute and 10 seconds with stops in Paris, Moscow and Fairbanks. 1938

July 11 – “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is published. The novel enjoys instant success and becomes a classic of modern American literature and the most widely-read novel dealing with racial inequality to date. The novel goes on to win the Pulitzer Prize and is adapted into an Academy Award-winning movie just two years later. 1960.

July 12 – The European Union bans the import of all beef from the US due to the widespread use of growth hormones in American beef which the EU believes to cause numerous health issues, including cancer and nerve disorders. In response, the U.S. places $116 million in trade sanctions on EU products. 1999

July 13 – The 1936 North American heat wave begins amidst the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. With air conditioning development in its infancy, over 5,000 deaths are reported by the autumn and massive amounts of crops across the U.S. are destroyed, causing the price of corn and wheat to rise massively. Mount Vernon, Illinois reports temperatures in excess of 100 degrees for 18 days straight. 1936

July 14 – Easy Rider, Peter Fonda’s landmark counterculture film, is released. The film established Jack Nicholson as a movie star, featured a groundbreaking soundtrack and helps to usher in the “post-classical” era of Hollywood, with a focus on low budget, avant-garde films that represent the younger generation’s disillusionment with the government. 1969

Courtesy photo
A still photo from the movie Easy Rider