This Week in History: Week of July 4

July 4, 1855: The first edition of Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman, is published in Brooklyn, New York.

July 5, 1943: Robbie Robertson (Jaime Robert Klegerman), composer and guitarist for The Band, is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

July 7, 1940: Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey), drummer and singer for The Beatles, is born in Liverpool, England.

July 9, 1764: Ann Radcliffe, author of The Italian and The Mysteries of Udolpho, is born in Holborn, London.

July 10, 1965: The Rolling Stones hit the top spot on the Billboard chart with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

July 10, 1871: Marcel Proust, author of In Search of Lost Time, is born in Auteuil, Paris, France.

July 10, 1915 – Saul Bellow, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning novelist and author of Humboldt’s Gift and The Adventures of Augie March, is born in Lachine, Quebec, Canada.

July 10, 1947 – Arlo Guthrie, singer and songwriter, known best for “The City of New Orleans,” and “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” is born in Brooklyn, New York.

July 10, 1949 – Ronnie James Dio (Padavona), songwriter and singer for Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, , and Dio, is born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


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