LEAD STORY Texans head for the thrills at Six Flags, 1961
AMERICAN REVOLUTION Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen, 1774
AUTOMOTIVE First drive-through ATM opens in China, 2007
CIVIL WAR Sheridan takes command of Army of the Shenandoah, 1864
COLD WAR Helsinki Final Act signed,1975 CRIME An ex-Marine goes on a killing spree at the University of Texas, 1966
DISASTER Mysterious flood strikes North Vietnam, 1971
GENERAL INTEREST Columbus lands in South America, 1498
Warsaw Revolt begins,1944
HOLLYWOOD MTV launches, 1981
LITERARY Pope John Paul II receives record-breaking advance, 1994
MUSIC MTV makes its maiden broadcast, 1981
OLD WEST Shane released by Paramount, 1953
PRESIDENTIAL Bush is suspended from flying with the Air National Guard, 1972
SPORTS Michael Johnson brings home second gold, 1996
VIETNAM WAR North Vietnamese accuse South Vietnam and the United States of attack, 1964
WORLD WAR I First World War erupts in Europe, 1914
WORLD WAR II PT-109 sinks; Lieutenant Kennedy is instrumental in saving crew, 1943
This Day in Wisconsin History
1832 – Origin of Soldiers Grove
1861 – War Bonds Issued in Madison
1893 – Ethwell “Eddy” Hanson Born
1928 – UW Athlete Wins at Olympics
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Saggy-pants spat gets man deplaned CHICAGO, July 31 (UPI) — A man and his companion were thrown off an airliner in Chicago over the weekend after arguing with attendants over his severely sagging pants, the airline said.
Canada extends life of penny coins OTTAWA, July 31 (UPI) — The Canadian government has given doomed copper pennies six more months to circulate so as not to disrupt the Christmas and holiday shopping season.
Police use chopper in snake search PLYMOUTH, England, July 31 (UPI) — Authorities in Britain said a police helicopter with a thermal imaging camera attempted to locate a 4-foot snake that eluded capture.
Zombies drown out Westboro Baptists DUPONT, Wash., July 31 (UPI) — A demonstration by the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church in Washington state was interrupted by dozens of counter-protesters dressed as zombies.
Scavenger hunt leads to vow renewal ORANGE, Texas, July 31 (UPI) — A Pennsylvania man said he brought his wife to Texas to conclude a three-year scavenger hunt that ended with a surprise vow renewal ceremony.
Crop circles appear at Washington wheat field WILBUR, Wash., July 31 (UPI) — A Washington state couple said crop circles that mysteriously appeared in their wheat field are likely tied to crop circles from previous years.
Trucking company: Spa billboard offensive TROUTDALE, Ore., July 31 (UPI) — An Oregon trucking company filed a lawsuit alleging a billboard on its property for a resort and spa is offensive to its customer base.
$100M apartment hits the market NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) — The most expensive apartment in the United States, a New York triplex in Manhattan’s CitySpire building, is being listed for $100 million, a listing says.
‘Christ’ banner headed back to N.J. street PITMAN, N.J., July 31 (UPI) — A controversial banner reading “Keep Christ in Christmas” is making its return to a New Jersey road, officials said.
Man pulls out pockets, drops cocaine FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla., July 31 (UPI) — Florida police said a man who pulled out his pants pocket to show he was not carrying drugs dropped a bag of cocaine onto the ground.
Fake cop busted by off-duty officer SIESTA KEY, Fla., July 31 (UPI) — A Florida man who allegedly falsely claimed to be a police officer and ordered people off the beach was busted by an off-duty officer, authorities said.