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July 2015 marks 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. appeared on Winnetka’s Village Green to give a speech on discrimination in housing and racial issues. Read more at:

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4. Independence Day: United States

This commemorates the day in 1776 that delegates of the Thirteen Colonies signed the Declaration of Independence announcing their separation from Great Britain and the establishment of the United States of America.

7. Industry Day: Tanzania

Every year on this day, the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair, popularly known as Saba Saba, is held at the Mwalimu J. K. Nyerere Trade Fair Grounds south of Dar es Salaam to showcase Tanzania’s products and to help the country establish global business partnerships. This day also marks the day when the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU), the ruling party of Tanzania, was formed in 1954.

11. Naadam Festival: Mongolia

This five-day festival celebrates the traditional Mongolian sports of wrestling, horse racing, and archery. It also commemorates the anniversary of the Mongolian Revolution on July 11, 1921.

14. Bastille Day: France

This celebrates the fall of the Bastille prison, marking the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789 and the eventual end of monarchial rule and the creation of a French Republic.

20. First Special Olympics Games (1968): People with Disabilities, United States

On this date in 1968 the first Special Olympics, founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver as an athletic competition for children and adults with cognitive disabilities, opened at Soldier Field in Chicago. The first Special Olympics had 1,000 participants from the United States and Canada; by 1995, this competition had expanded to include Winter Special Olympics (first held in 1977 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado) and to involve 7,000 participants from all 50 states and 143 countries.

24. Billy Taylor (1921-2010): African American

Jazz pianist and composer, Taylor was a legendary jazz pianist whose recording career spanned six decades and who composed songs and works for theater, dance, and symphony orchestras. As a member of the Billy Taylor Trio, he played jazz piano along with exceptional jazz musicians on bass and drums. Taylor was the first to call jazz "America's classical music" and was a crusader for greater recognition of jazz. He conducted clinics and workshops in improvisation, harmony, music theory, and composition at numerous colleges and universities across the country.

26. Americans with Disabilities Act (1990): People with Disabilities, United States

Signed into law on this date, this milestone of U.S. civil rights legislation protects people with disabilities from discrimination in the areas of employment, transportation, and public accommodation. The law requires a wide range of public and private establishments to make new and renovated facilities accessible to people with disabilities and to make "readily achievable" changes to existing facilities in order to increase accessibility.

30. Emancipation Day: Bermuda

This marks the anniversary of the 1834 Slavery Abolition Act and is also the first day of the Cup Match, an annual cricket match between Somerset and St. George’s.

31. Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola: Spain

This feast day commemorates the death of Ignatius of Loyola, a priest and theologian who founded the Society of Jesus, also known as Jesuits.


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