Alfonso I of Portugal (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

July 25 was apparently a big day for crownings and successions!

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On July 24, 1847, after walking 1031 miles, Brigham Young and the Mormon pioneers reached the Salt Lake Valley in Utah.  Fleeing persecution, they took that difficult journey and in the years that followed, 70,000 men, women and children charted similar paths to the West.  They uprooted their lives and took an incredible leap of faith into the unknown.

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Other notable events that happened on this day:

  • 1567 – Mary, Queen of Scots, was forced to abdicate and was replaced by her 1 year old son, James VI
  • 1802 – Alexandre Dumas was born in Paris, France
  • 1862 – 8th President of the United States, Martin Van Buren died in Kinderhook, New York
  • 1897 – Pilot Amelia Earhart was born in Santa Fe, Kansas
  • 1911 – Explorer Hiram Bingham III rediscovered Machu Picchu
  • 1980 – Actor and comedian Peter Sellers died in London, England

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Heinrich Ludwig Gehrig was born 19 June 1903, in Yorkville, New York, to Heinrich Gehrig and Christine Foch.  The world would know him as Lou Gehrig, one of the greatest hitters in baseball and “Iron Horse” for his durability.

He was an All-Star seven consecutive times, a Triple Crown winner once,  MVP twice, and a member of six World Series champion teams. He had a career .340 batting average, .632 slugging average, and a .447 on base average. He hit 493 home runs and had 1,995 runs batted in (RBI). In 1939, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and was the first MLB player to have his uniform number (4) retired by a team.

On July 23, 1925, Lou hit the first of what would be become 23 grand slams.  Epic!

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July 20, 1969, as the world watched, Apollo 11 made the first manned landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility.  Six and a half hours later, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to walk on the moon.  Armstrong stepped out first, with Buzz following about 20 minutes later.  They collected almost 50 lbs of lunar material to bring back!

Neil Armstrong described the event with the infamous words, “…one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

You can view Neil’s family tree here: https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Armstrong-Family-Tree-1400

Other notable events on this day:

  • 1591: English Puritan preacher Anne Hutchinson was born in Alford, England
  • 1923: Mexican General and Governor of Chihuahua, Pancho Villa, died in Parral, Mexico
  • 1964: Rock star Chris Cornell was born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1973: Martial artist Bruce Lee died in Hong Kong, Japan (can you add to his biography or help connect him to our tree?)

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You might recognize him from movies such as The Great Escape, Space Cowboys or The Notebook. James Garner was born 7 April 1928 in Norman, Oklahoma, to Weldon and Mildred (Meek) Bumgarner.

From his profile: “His mother died when he was five years old and he and his brothers were sent to live with relatives in about 1933. He returned to his father in about a year after he remarried. His step-mother was brutal and James joined the US Merchant Marines when he was 16.

At 17 James joined his father in Los Angeles and enrolled at Hollywood High School, where he was voted the most popular student. While at Hollywood High School he was a model for Jantzen swim suits. He returned to Norman and attended high school, but did not graduate. He received his diploma later in the Army.”

James served with the Oklahoma National Guard during WWII where he earned two Purple Hearts.

He married Lois Josephine Fleischman Clarke,on August 17, 1956 in Los Angeles, California.  They were married for 58 years.

James starred in more than 50 movies, starred in several television series and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He died July 19, 2014, in his Los Angeles home, from a massive heart attack.

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