July Spews Fourth

July was named after Julius Caesar, who celebrated his birthday during this month.

On July 2, 1947, a Rancher in Roswell, New Mexico found the wreckage of a metallic object on his ranch. After he got hold of military authorities, they came out to investigate and removed the wreckage. The military reports originally referred to the wreckage as an "Unidentified Flying Object."  Radio news reports did the same. The military later revised the report, and the news simply dropped the issue. Both of those actions added to speculation of a government cover-up of the crash of a UFO and death of one or more aliens.

In 2001, World UFO Day was first proclaimed, with the goal of educating people around the world about visitors from outer space.

The United States Department of Agriculture proclaimed the first National Blueberry Month to be July on May 8, 1999. Thirty-five states in the United States grow blueberries, making the U.S. the producer of more than 90% of all blueberries in the entire world. The Indians first taught the pilgrims the various uses of the blueberry, including how to dry them in the sun and grind them into powder to make pudding, called Sautauhig, as well as to use as spice rub for meat.

It turns out that Native Americans believed the berries were good for health. Some of the medicinal uses are using leaves from the blueberry bush to purify the blood; blueberry juice for coughs; and blueberry tea to help women to relax during childbirth. More recently, research tells us that blueberries are rich in antioxidants which keep the chance of cancer and heart disease at a minimum. One can take in 1700 International Units of vitamin E just by drinking 3.5 ounces of blueberry juice.

Boredom, defined as "the state of being weary and restless through lack of interest," is a common complaint, particularly during the summer, and particularly affecting young people who are not in school for a few months.

People who are prone to boredom are at a greater risk of developing depression, anxiety, anger, or addictions. Although everyone gets bored from time to time, both emotional makeup and personality play a part in how often and for how long it happens. In order to address boredom and the associated problems, the month of July has been deemed National Anti-Boredom Month.

July 24 is Amelia Earhart Day. Amelia Earhart was born July 24, 1897 and is presumed to have died on July 2, 1937.

In 1935, she was the first person ever to fly solo across the Pacific from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Oakland, California. She was in the midst of setting a world's record for flying around the world, along with her navigator, Fred Noonan. It is known that they got lost over the Pacific Ocean in bad weather. She was in communication with the ground, and indicated that she was having trouble finding the Howell Island. Eventually, radio communication faded, and the plane was not found or heard from again.

Theories about the mysterious disappearance of Ms. Earhart have been the subject of rumors and speculation ever since, even including whispers about alien abductions.

Then, of course, we have Independence Day, which is also known as the Fourth of July. The first celebration of the occasion was July 8, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was read out loud. Bands played and bells rang out all over the city. It was not, however, an official holiday that year. In fact, it was not declared a holiday until 1941.

When the document was signed, the United States was made up of 13 colonies and was ruled by the England's King George III. King George was branded a tyrant by the founding fathers, who fomented the American Revolution, which was, some say, began not in New England, but in North Carolina with the War of the Regulation, which ended with the Battle of Alamance. Also known as the Regulator Movement, that movement took place because of taxation and local control from 1764 to 1771. Citizens took up arms against the colonial officials.

Some of the famous people who were born in the month of July include Princess Diana, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Tom Cruise, Calvin Coolidge, John Paul Jones, O.J.Simpson, Nikola Tesla, and John Quincy Adams.

Other July babies were George Washington Carver, Rembrandt Van Rijn, James Cagney, Nelson Mandela, Robin Williams, Ernest Hemingway, Sandra Bullock, Benito Mussolini, and J.K. Rowling.

Additional resources for July:

  • This Month in UFO History: July - A timeline of UFO sightings.
  • US Highbush Blueberry Council - Provides a variety of news and information on the growth, maintenance, food services, and recipes for blueberries in the USA.
  • Ameilia Earhart - Official website containing a biography, news, photos, and details on the achievements by the renowned woman pilot.
  • 4th of July - Learn about the events leading to America's independence from Britain and how democracy was born.