When I’m not selling houses in San Jose, Cupertino and Santa Clara, Calif., I enjoy learning new and interesting historical facts and trivia. Courtesy of Wikipedia, here are seven surprising stories from July 27.
- 1794 – French Revolution: Maximilien Robespierre is arrested after encouraging the execution of more than 17,000 "enemies of the Revolution".
- 1866 – The first permanent transatlantic telegraph cable is successfully completed, stretching from Valentia Island, Ireland, to Heart's Content, Newfoundland.
- 1921 – Researchers at the University of Toronto led by biochemist Frederick Banting prove that the hormone insulin regulates blood sugar.
- 1929 – The Geneva Convention of 1929, dealing with the fair treatment of prisoners-of-war, is signed by 53 nations.
- 1981 – Adam Walsh, 6-year-old son of John Walsh, is kidnapped in Hollywood, Florida and is found murdered two weeks later. The tragedy motivated John Walsh to become an advocate for victims' rights. Adam Walsh's murder was among those that helped to spur the formation of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Walsh later hosted the television program America's Most Wanted.
- 1995 – The Korean War Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C..
Image of Adam Walsh courtesy of John Walsh and family.
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