This just in from the Association for Wedding Professionals International: July 7 (7-7-7) is shaping up to be an unusually popular day for weddings, with about 20 percent more advance bookings than other July Saturdays. “[I]f brides that just got engaged want that date they may need to consider a destination wedding (away from where they are now),” the trade group’s spokesman cautions. Why humans are so obsessed with numerical symmetry remains a mystery, but for all you budding 7-7-7 brides and bridegrooms, here, courtesy Wikipedia, are selected events in American history that occurred on your chosen wedding day.
1777 – Revolutionary War: Battle of Hubbardton (7-7-77: a great day for weddings?)
1846 – American troops occupy Monterey and Yerba Buena in Mexico, thus beginning the US annexation of California.
1863 – First US military draft begins; exemptions cost $100
1865 – Four conspirators in the assassination of President Lincoln hanged.
1898 – President William McKinley signs the Newlands Resolution, which annexes Hawaii as a US territory.
1915 – World War I: Battle of the Isonzo.
1930 – Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser begins construction of the Boulder Dam (now called Hoover Dam).
1941 – American forces land in Iceland to forestall an invasion by Germany.
1946 – Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini is first American to be canonized.
1946 – Howard Hughes nearly dies when his XF-11 spy plane prototype crashes in a Beverly Hills neighborhood.
1947 – Downed UFO believed found in the Roswell UFO incident. (7-7-47: alien weddings?)
1954 – In Memphis, WHBQ is the first radio station to air an Elvis Presley record.
1958 – President Dwight Eisenhower signs the Alaska Statehood Act.
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