Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Tues., July 28, 2015

Rainfall (past 24 hours): 0.35 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.35 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall: 3.40 inches

Summer to Date Rainfall: 8.00 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 32.05 inches

Notes: Today is the 209th day of 2015 and the 38th day of Summer. There are 156 days left in the year.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily, just west of the Monroe-Conecuh County line and south of U.S. Highway 84, near Excel, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.42834°N Lon 87.30131°W. Elevation: 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE.

Monday, July 27, 2015

BUCKET LIST UPDATE No. 227: Visit the grave of Sidney Manning in Flomaton

Sidney Manning's grave in Flomaton, Ala.
One of the greatest soldiers to ever come out of Southwest Alabama was Sidney Manning, who lived most of his life in Flomaton, Ala. Manning received the Medal of Honor for his daring actions during World War I, and he was one of General Pershing’s Immortal Ten.

Manning died long before I was born, but I’ve always wanted to pay him my respects by making a personal visit to his grave. I put this trip on my bucket list several years ago and finally scratched it off the list on Saturday afternoon when my son and I visited Manning’s grave while on the way home from Brewton.

As many of you may know, Manning received the Medal of Honor for his actions near Breuvannes, France on July 28, 1918 when he was an Army corporal in Co. G of the 167th Infantry, which was part of the Army’s 42nd Division. What follows is the complete text from his Medal of Honor citation:

“When his platoon commander and platoon sergeant had both become casualties soon after the beginning of an assault on strongly fortified heights overlooking the Ourcq River, Cpl. Manning took command of his platoon, which was near the center of the attacking line. Though himself severely wounded, he led forward the 35 men remaining in the platoon and finally succeeded in gaining a foothold on the enemy's position, during which time he had received more wounds, and all but seven of his men had fallen. Directing the consolidation of the position, he held off a large body of the enemy only 50 yards away by fire from his automatic rifle. He declined to take cover until his line had been entirely consolidated with the line of the platoon on the front when he dragged himself to shelter, suffering from nine wounds in all parts of the body.”

John J. Pershing was the Army general who led American Expeditionary Forces to victory over Germany in World War I, and, as mentioned, Manning was such an all around bad dude that he was among listed among General Pershing’s “Immortal Ten,” that is the 10 men Pershing considered to be the war’s greatest heroes. Despite my best efforts, I was unable to obtain a list, in a reasonable amount of time, of the other nine men on this famous list.

If you’d like to visit Manning’s grave yourself, it’s not hard to find. Travel to Flomaton and take U.S. Highway 31 to the State Highway 113 intersection. Then turn north onto Highway 113 and travel about half a mile to Little Escambia Baptist Church, which is on the west side of the road at 445 State Highway 113. The cemetery is next door to the church.

Manning’s grave is very close to the southernmost entrance to the cemetery. The grave is on the front row and stands out because it’s marked with a large American flag. His headstone reads, “SIDNEY E. MANNING, MEDAL OF HONOR, CPL U.S. ARMY, WORLD WAR I, JULY 17, 1892 – DEC. 15, 1960.” The marble slab over his grade reads, “ALABAMA’S OWN – ONE OF GENERAL PERSHING’S IMMORTAL TEN – DEDICATORY MONUMENT IN FLOMATON LIONS PARK.”

In the end, how many of you have ever visited the grave of Sidney Manning? What did you think about it? Do you know of any other historic graves worth visiting? Let us know in the comments section below.

Today in History for July 27, 2015

Florence and James Maybrick
July 27, 1663 – The English Parliament passed the second Navigation Act requiring that all goods bound for the American colonies had to be sent in English ships from English ports.

July 27, 1740 – French explorer Jeanne Bar√© was born in the village of La Comelle in the Burgundy region of France. Bare was a member of Louis Antoine de Bougainville's expedition on the ships La Boudeuse and √Čtoile in 1766–1769. Baret, who joined the expedition disguised as a man, is recognized as the first woman to have completed a voyage of circumnavigation.

July 27, 1775 - Benjamin Rush began his service as the first Surgeon General of the Continental Army.

July 27, 1776 - Silas Deane, the secret Congressional emissary to France, wrote a letter to Congress, informing them that he had been successful beyond his expectations in France. The Committee of Congress for Secret Correspondence, consisting of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Harrison, John Dickinson, John Hay and Robert Morris, had instructed Deane to meet with French Foreign Minister Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, to stress America’s need for military stores and to assure the French that the colonies were moving toward “total separation. Deane managed to negotiate for unofficial assistance from France, in the form of ships containing military supplies, and recruited the Marquis de Lafayette to share his military expertise with the Continental Armys officer corps.

July 27, 1777 - The Marquis of Lafayette arrived in New England to help the rebellious American colonists fight the British.

July 22, 1778 – During the American Revolution, at the First Battle of Ushant, British and French fleets fought to a standoff.

July 27, 1784 - "Courier De L’Amerique" became the first French newspaper to be published in the United States. It was printed in Philadelphia, Pa.

July 27, 1789 – The United States Department of Foreign Affairs was created. The Department of Foreign Affairs was renamed the Department of State in September of 1789.

July 27, 1804 - The 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. With the amendment, Electors were directed to vote for a President and for a Vice-President rather than for two choices for President.

July 27, 1806 - Attempting to stop a band of young Blackfoot Indians from stealing his horses, Meriwether Lewis shot an Indian in the stomach. The Indians retreated, and the men quickly gathered their horses. Lewis then learned that one of his men had also fatally stabbed another of the Blackfoot.

July 27, 1813 – The Battle of Burnt Corn Creek occurred 13 miles south of Belleville, Ala. (in present day Escambia County, Ala.) when a group of about 80 Red Stick Creek Indians under the command of Peter McQueen and High Head Jim were ambushed by American forces under the command of Col. James Caller and Capt. Dixon Bailey. McQueen and his men were returning from Pensacola, where they had secured supplies and arms from the Spanish and British. The Battle of Burnt Corn Creek is considered the first engagement of the Creek Indian War of 1813-1814 and is generally considered to have been a Red Stick victory.

July 27, 1825 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette departed from West Chester, Pa. for Lancaster, Pa.

July 27, 1837 – Joseph R. Bass was born at Marion Court House, S.C. He would eventually move to Evergreen, Ala. and served in the Confederate Army. After the war, he would move to Texas, and he is buried in Caddo Mills, Texas.

July 27, 1862 – During the Civil War, a four-day Federal operation between Woodville and Guntersville, Ala. began.

July 27, 1863 – During the Civil War, Confederates attacked the steamer, “Paint Rock,” near Bridgeport, Ala.

July 27, 1863 - Confederate and ardent secessionist William Lowndes Yancey died suddenly of kidney disease at the age of 48 at his home near Montgomery, Ala. The main author of Alabama's ordinance of secession, which removed Alabama from the Union, Yancey was one of the leading "fire-eaters" who influenced southern states to secede.

July 27, 1864 – On this day during the Civil War, the Federal Navy carried out reconnaissance of lower Mobile Bay.

July 27, 1870 – Hilaire Belloc was born in Paris, France. In his lifetime, he was known for his journalism and serious essays, but today he's best known for his books of humorous verse.

July 27, 1880 – National Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Joe Tinker was born in Muscotah, Kansas. He went on to play for the Chicago Orphans/Cubs, the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1946.

July 27, 1881 – Mobile, Ala. native Florence Elizabeth Chandler married cotton broker James Maybrick at St. James’s Church in Piccadilly in London. In 1889, Florence Maybrick would be convicted of poisoning James Maybrick, who was a suspect in the Jack the Ripper killings.

July 27, 1905 – The Monroe Journal reported that jury verdicts had been reached in a number of cases before the Monroe County Circuit Court. Sonny Coker had been sentenced to hang on Sept. 8 for rape. Frank Coker was sentenced to penitentiary for life for murder. John Sanders recieved 10 years in penitentiary for rape. Wes. Rains was sentenced to five years in penitentiary for murder, and Sam Mixon was sentenced to 10 years in penitentiary for arson.

July 27, 1905 – The Monroe Journal reported that Col. Nick Stallworth of Evergreen visited The Monroe Journal office while visiting Monroeville during the previous week. Stallworth had spent the previous winter and spring in New Mexico and was “greatly improved in health.”

July 27, 1905 – National Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop and manager Leo Durocher was born in West Springfield, Mass. He went on to play for the New York Yankees, the Cincinnati Reds, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Brooklyn Dodgers, and he managed the Dodgers, the New York Giants, the Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994.

July 27, 1908 – Writer Joseph Mitchell was born in Fairmont, N.C.

July 27, 1910 – The Evergreen Courant reported that prominent Conecuh County citizen and former Confederate officer Pinckney D. Bowles had passed away at the age of 75 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Cobb, in Tampa, Fla., where he’d been several weeks prior to his death.

July 27, 1910 – The Evergreen Courant reported that members of Greening Masonic Lodge, No. 53, were requested to meet at the lodge on July 28 at 3 p.m. to attend the funeral of Pinckney D. Bowles. H.A. Shields was the lodge’s Worshipful Master.

July 27, 1915 – A new water well at the Monroeville, Ala. pumping plant was completed and the water was turned into the city’s water mains on this Tuesday afternoon, after 10 days of no water for city water customers. The “wells of the community were being rapidly exhausted” while the city water service was down.

July 27, 1916 – Writer Elizabeth Hardwick was born in Lexington, Ky.

July 27, 1918 – During World War I, Army Pvt. Everett H. Brown of Brewton was killed in action, and Army Cpl. Alexander A. Loyd (sometimes spelled “Lloyd”) of Eliska “died from wounds.” Loyd was buried in the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France. (Some sources also say Loyd was killed in action on July 25, 1918.) Brown was buried in the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Fere-en-Tardenois, France.

July 27, 1918 - Brooklyn rookie Henry Heitman made his major league debut and his last major league appearance in the same day. He pitched four straight hits to the St. Louis Cardinals, left the game and never played again in the majors.

July 27, 1921 - Baseball fan Reuben Berman sued the New York Giants, claiming he suffered mental and bodily distress after refusing to return a foul ball May 16 at the Polo Grounds. Berman was eventually rewarded $100.

July 27, 1931 - A grasshopper invasion descended over Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota devouring thousands of crop acres.

July 27, 1932 – During the Great Depression, following a run of withdrawals, the Peoples Bank of Evergreen, Ala. closed its doors at 10 a.m. and upon unanimous vote of its board of directors, its affairs were turned over to the state for liquidation. The bank was founded in 1901 and merged with the First National Bank of Evergreen on June 10, 1930.

July 27, 1937 - An unknown animal "with red eyes" seen by residents of Downingtown, Pennsylvania was compared to the Jersey Devil by a reporter for the Pennsylvania Bulletin of July 28, 1937.

July 27, 1940 – The animated Warner Bros. short “A Wild Hare” was released, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny.

July 27, 1940 – Novelist Bharati Mukherjee was born in Calcutta, India.

July 27, 1946 - Rudy York of the Boston Red Sox hit two grand slams and drove in 10 runs to lead the Red Sox over the St. Louis Browns, 13-6.

July 27, 1947 – The Evergreen Greenies beat Atmore, 5-4, in Atmore, Ala.

July 27, 1953 – Fighting in the Korean War ended when the United States, China and North Korea signed an armistice agreement at Panmunjon, Korea. Syngman Rhee, President of South Korea, refused to sign but pledged to observe the armistice.

July 27, 1956 - The Fairview Drive-In Theatre, owned by Olin Evans, opened near Evergreen, Ala. The first movie shown at the theater was “White Feather,” staring Robert Wagner and Debrah Padget.

July 27, 1974 – During the “Watergate Scandal,” the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted 27 to 11 to recommend the first article of impeachment (for obstruction of justice) against President Richard Nixon.

July 27, 1984 - Pete Rose passed Ty Cobb’s record for most singles in a career when he got his 3,503rd base hit.

July 27, 1987 – National Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Travis Jackson passed away at the age of 83 in Waldo, Ark. He played his entire professional career for the New York Giants. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982.

July 27, 1995 – National Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Rick Ferrell passed away at the age of 89 in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. During his career, he played for the St. Louis Browns, the Boston Red Sox and the Washington Senators. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.

July 27, 1996 – In Atlanta, Ga., a pipe bomb exploded at Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics. One woman (Alice Hawthorne) was killed, and a cameraman suffered a heart attack fleeing the scene. One hundred eleven people were injured.

July 27, 2001 - Deion Sanders announced his retirement from the National Football League.

July 27, 2003 - It was reported by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.) that there was no monster in Loch Ness. The investigation used 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to trawl the loch. Reports of sightings of the "Loch Ness Monster" began in the 6th century.

July 27-30, 2005 - A small pond near the Aruba Racquet Club close to the Marriott Hotel beach was partly drained after a gardener came forward with information about the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, 18, of Mountain Brook, Ala. The gardener claimed to have seen Joran van der Sloot attempting to hide his face, driving into the Racquet Club with the two Kalpoes on the morning of May 30 between 2:30 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. The search of the pond proved fruitless.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Mon., July 27, 2015

Rainfall (past 24 hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall: 3.05 inches

Summer to Date Rainfall: 7.65 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 31.70 inches

Notes: Today is the 208th day of 2015 and the 37th day of Summer. There are 157 days left in the year.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily, just west of the Monroe-Conecuh County line and south of U.S. Highway 84, near Excel, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.42834°N Lon 87.30131°W. Elevation: 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

110-year-old news highlights from The Monroe Journal from July 1905

The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of Editor and Proprietor Q. Salter, published four editions 110 years ago during the month of July 1905. Those issues, which were dated July 6, July 13, July 20 and July 27, can be found on microfilm at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville, Ala. What follows are a few news highlights from those four editions. Enjoy.

JULY 6, 1905

Mr. S.H. Dailey was down from Tunnel Springs Tuesday evening to attend the meeting of the Royal Arch Chapter.

Mr. J.W. Fore is nursing a bruised hand as the result of a too vigorous encounter with a baseball.

Masonic Officers: Monroe Lodge No. 485 – Tinela – R.W. McCants, W.M.; J.G. Lambriecht, S.W.; T.G. Reynolds, J.W.; J.R. McCants, Treasurer; J.D. McKinley, Secretary; J.F. Rowell, S.D.; C.G. Reynolds, J.D.; A.P. Najors, Chaplain; G.C. Nettles, Tyler.
Regular communications on Friday before the second Sunday in each month at 10 o’clock a.m.

At a picnic near Axle, this county, last Saturday, Andrew Broughton shot and killed Bill Henderson. Both men tanked up on Peruna or some similar concoction and the killing was the result. Broughton made a desperate effort to escape but the Sheriff overhauled him Sunday night and he is now in jail.

Dr. J.B. Stallworth desires those who are in need of first-class dental work to know that he can be found in his office during the three weeks of the special term of Circuit Court. Dr. Stallworth has a conveniently situated office upstairs in the old courthouse, equipped with the most approved appliances and is winning a large clientele of appreciative patrons.

Court officers, attorneys and others look forward to the approaching special term of court with considerable dread because of the sweltering heat they must endure.

JULY 13, 1905

Dr. G.H. Harper and Mr. A.C. Lee were up from Manistee Wednesday.

Mr. Riley Kelly of Excel attended the meeting of the Masonic Lodge here Wednesday.

Lt. Charles L. Scott, U.S. Army, having graduated at West Point Military Academy, is now at home enjoying his leave of absence until Oct. 13, when he will report to his command, 12th U.S. Cavalry, stationed at Camp Thomas, near Chickamauga Park. Lt. Scott is the son of Hon. Rob G. Scott of Mt. Pleasant.

New Hack Line: I am now operating a hack line from Monroeville to Monroe Station, meeting all trains daily. A liberal share of public patronage respectfully solicited. - W.B. Jones.

The Commissioners Court has been in session this week transacting business relating to tax matters. The full board was in attendance.

Sheriff Fountain is on a business trip to Birmingham.

Rev. Mr. Metcalf of Georgiana occupied the pulpit at the Baptist church last Sunday morning.

Dr. G.G. Scott of Mobile, president of the Scott-Blacksher Commission Co., was here this week receiving the cordial greetings of his many friends. He will visit several point in this and Wilcox County in the interest of his house.

JULY 20, 1905

Dr. G.H. Harper and Mr. A.C. Lee were up from Manistee last week attending the Masonic lodge.

Dr. Samuel W. Yarbrough died at his home in Monroeville on Thursday evening, July 14, after an illness of several weeks, and was buried at the Baptist cemetery on Friday afternoon with Masonic honors. Dr. Yarbrough had been a valued citizen of Monroeville for more than 20 years and stood at the head of his profession as a dental surgeon in this county.

Open Cotton: The first open bolls of cotton reported this season were left at The Journal office on Monday by Messrs. E. Talbert and Russell Broughton of Monroeville and J.M. Dees of Peterman. The bolls were pulled in each instance on Sat., the 15th inst. This is several days earlier than the first reported last season and indicates that conditions have been more favorable for growth and maturity than last year.

The adjourned term of the Monroe Circuit Court convened on Monday. Judge John T. Lackland presiding and Solicitor Oscar L. Gray attorney for the State. In view of the numerous murders and homicides committed since the sitting of the grand jury, the presiding judge deemed it best to organize a special grand jury to investigate the offenses.

Hon. George W. Taylor, the distinguished congressman from the first district, and Mr. S.W. Compton, superintendent of education of Marengo County, addressed our citizens at the courthouse Monday evening of the subject of a special county school tax.

JULY 27, 1905

Cases Tried: The adjourned term of Circuit Court has made a remarkable record so far, not so much for the rapidity with which business is being dispatched, but for the character of the verdicts returned by the juries.
The following cases have been tried:
The State v. Sonny Coker, rape, sentenced to hang Sept. 8.
The State v. Frank Coker, murder, sentenced to penitentiary for life.
The State v. John Sanders, rape, 10 years in penitentiary.
The State v. Wes. Rains, murder, five years in penitentiary.
The State v. Sam Mixon, arson, 10 years in penitentiary.

Rev. C.M. Hutton of Fort Worth, Texas, former chaplain of the 36th Alabama Regiment in the Confederate service, accompanied by Mr. J.L. Marshall of Perdue Hill, to who he was on a visit, paid our sanctum a pleasant visit Saturday. Mr. Hutton had the pleasure of meeting a number of his old comrades whom he had not seen for upward of 40 years. From here he goes to Scooba, Miss. to participate in a family reunion.

Col. Nick Stallworth of Evergreen was a pleasant visitor to The Journal office while in the city last week. Col. Stallworth spent some time in New Mexico this past winter and spring and his many friends are gratified to see him greatly improved in health.

Rev. C.H. Motley fill his regular appointment at the Methodist church last Sunday.

Dr. S.B. McMillan of Jones Mill favored this office with a call Tuesday.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Sun., July 26, 2015

Rainfall (past 24 hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 1.25 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall: 3.05 inches

Summer to Date Rainfall: 7.65 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 31.70 inches

Notes: Today is the 207th day of 2015 and the 36th day of Summer. There are 158 days left in the year.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily, just west of the Monroe-Conecuh County line and south of U.S. Highway 84, near Excel, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.42834°N Lon 87.30131°W. Elevation: 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE.

Today in History for July 26, 2015

Sam Houston
July 26, 1775 - The U.S. postal system was established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general.

July 26, 1788 – New York ratified the United States Constitution and became the 11th state of the United States.

July 26, 1813 – Troopers on their way to the Battle of Burnt Corn Creek crossed the Alabama River, the horses swimming beside the canoes. They marched southeastward to the cowpens of David Tate. There they were again reinforced by a company from Tensaw Lake and Little River, that was commanded by an educated, courageous, energetic half-breed Creek, Dixie Bailey. The whole force now numbered 180 men.

July 26, 1825 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette departed Chester, Pennsylvania for the Brandywine Battlefield ending the day in West Chester, Pa.

July 26, 1856 – Nobel Prize-winning playwright George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin, Ireland.

July 26, 1861 – During the Civil War, George B. McClellan assumed command of the Army of the Potomac following a disastrous Union defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run.

July 26, 1862 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Spangler’s Mill, near Jonesborough, Ala.

July 26, 1863 – During the Civil War, Morgan's Raid ended at Salineville, Ohio when Confederate cavalry leader John Hunt Morgan and 360 of his volunteers were captured by Union forces. Starting in July 1862, Morgan made four major raids on Northern or Northern-held territory over the course of a year. Although they were of limited strategic significance, the raids served as a boost to Southern morale and captured much-needed supplies.

July 26, 1863 – During the Civil War, Sam Houston, who had opposed Texas' secession from the Union, died of pneumonia at the age of 70 at Steamboat House in Huntsville, Texas.

July 26, 1864 – Confederate Major General Dabney H. Maury was assigned command of the Confederate Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana, headquartered in Mobile, Ala.

July 26, 1879 – Monroe County Judge Sowell held a hearing in regard to Charles Roberts, who’d been rearrested on a second murder warrant in connection with the murder of D.W. Rankin on July 21. Col. Hibbard represented Roberts and argued that Roberts should be released because his case had already been “judicially investigated by a competent magistrate,” Justice of the Peace J.L. Marshall. Sowell disagreed and had Roberts put in jail. D.L. Neville represented the government at the hearing.

July 26, 1894 – English author Aldous Huxley was born in Godalming, Surrey.

July 26, 1910 – E.J. McCreary returned home to Conecuh County, Ala. from a fishing trip near St. Andrews Bay and brought home a king fish about four feet long.

July 26, 1910 – News reached Evergreen, Ala. on this day that prominent Conecuh County citizen and former Confederate officer Pinckney D. Bowles had passed away at the age of 75 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Cobb, in Tampa, Fla., where he’d been several weeks prior to his death. The news came in a telegram to J.S. Stearns, who was Bowles’s nephew.

July 26, 1911 – Teams from Evergreen and Montgomery played each other in baseball in Evergreen, Ala.

July 26, 1914 – The L&N Railroad began running a new train between Georgiana and Flomaton, where it connected with regular trains running to Mobile and Pensacola. The new train left Georgiana at 6 a.m. with the trains departing from Mobile and Pensacola at 4 p.m. This allowed patrons to transact business in Mobile and Pensacola or at any point along the line and return home the same day.

July 26, 1914 - Erskine Hawkins, famed jazz musician, was born in Birmingham, Ala. His band, the 'Bama State Collegians, became the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra in the late 1930s after gaining a following in New York and winning a recording contract with RCA Victor. The band's biggest hit was the immensely popular "Tuxedo Junction" (1940).

July 26, 1918 – During World War I,  Army Cpl. James E. Hendrix of Roy (Frisco City), Army Pvt. Horace Rigsby of Georgiana and Army Pvt. William T. Cheatham of Greenville were killed in action. Also on this day, Army Pvt. James Boggan of Atmore “died from wounds” during World War I. Hendrix was buried in the American Cemetery at Seringes-et-Nesle, Aisne, France, Grave 103, Section J, Plot 2.

July 26, 1921 – Humorist Jean Shepherd was born in Chicago, Ill. The 1983 movie, “A Christmas Story,” is based on his 1967 book, “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash.”

July 26, 1922 – National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm was born in Huntersville, N.C. He would go on to play for the New York Giants, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cleveland Indians, the Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago White Sox, the California Angles, the Atlanta Braves, the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.

July 26, 1928 – Movie director Stanley Kubrick was born in New York City.

July 26, 1928 - Gene Tunney beat Tom Heeney by a technical knockout in the 11th round at Yankee Stadium to retain the world heavyweight title.

July 26, 1931 - Farmers in the American Midwest saw their crops destroyed by a massive swarm of grasshoppers. The insect collective was so big that it allegedly blocked out the sun and devoured entire fields of crops.

July 26, 1945 – The U.S. Navy cruiser USS Indianapolis arrived at Tinian with parts of the warhead for the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

July 26, 1947 – U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947 into United States law creating the Central Intelligence Agency, United States Department of Defense, United States Air Force, Joint Chiefs of Staff and the United States National Security Council.

July 26, 1948 - Babe Ruth was seen by the public for the last time, when he attended the New York City premiere of the motion picture, "The Babe Ruth Story."

July 26, 1951 – During the Korean War, Army PFC Isaac Lee Jr. of Monroe County, Ala. was killed in action.

July 26, 1952 - Alabama Senator John Sparkman was named the Democratic vice-presidential running mate with Adlai Stevenson. Sparkman was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama in 1936 and served in that body until 1946 when he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served until 1979. The Democratic ticket lost the election to Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon.

July 26, 1959 - Alabama author Rick Bragg was born in Piedmont, Ala.

July 26, 1962 – Lewis Ramsey, head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Evergreen High School, resigned to accept head coaching position at Brookwood High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

July 26, 1977 – Troy David Jenkins was born in Phoenix, Az. Jenkins grew up in Evergreen, graduated from Hillcrest in 1995, and was fatally wounded in April 2003 while serving in Iraq.

July 26, 1979 – An organizational meeting for the varsity football team at Lyeffion High School was scheduled to be held on this Thursday night at 7 p.m.

July 26, 1998 – According to The Regina Leader Post, Janet Gamble spotted huge footprints while jogging near her home in northern Saskatchewan. She alerted her husband, Dennis, and he and his brother videotaped the tracks to establish a permanent record. The footprints were 14-inch by seven-inches and came from something with a six-foot stride.

July 26, 2000 - Oasis stormed off stage after being hit with bottles, can and coins at a Swiss music festival.

July 26, 2004 - The Arizona Diamondbacks ended their club-record losing streak of 14 games.