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- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Historical News on July 07
US Takes Over Occupation of Iceland
1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt today ordered American troops to occupy Iceland, in a move to release British forces from Iceland and deter any attack from the Nazis.
Although Iceland is an independent country, Britain occupied it earlier this year to prevent Germany from turning it into a base from which to further threaten British shipping.
Although the United States is not at war with Germany at this point, the country is as committed to the Allied cause as is possible without actually declaring war on Germany.
Roosevelt continues to stress that the US must remain an “arsenal of democracy”.
Japan Open to Trade After 250 Years of Isolation
1853 US Naval officer Commodore Matthew Perry today persuaded Japan to unlock its doors to trade with the rest of the world.
Backed by armed ships in Edo Harbour, Perry convinced the current shogun that the Japanese should treat shipwrecked sailors with more consideration, that American vessels should be allowed to purchase coal and that American merchants should be allowed to trade in at least one port.
Japan effectively closed its doors to the western world when it expelled the Spanish in 1624 and the Portuguese in 1639.
Only the Dutch have been allowed extremely limited access to the country under very exacting restrictions and Japanese citizens are not permitted to travel outside the country.
Although this surprise capitulation by the shogun will be greeted with delight in the West, it will cause some anxiety and unrest in Japanese society.
London Attacked in The Rush Hour
2005 Fifty-two people were killed and around 700 injured as four co-ordinate suicide bombers set off devices on London’s transports system during the morning rush hour.
Three bombs exploded on London underground trains within 50 seconds of each other, followed by another on a bus in Tavistock Square an hour later.
The homemade, organic peroxide-based devices were packed into rucksacks carried by four British-raised Muslims.
Two of the bombers made videotapes, broadcast by Al Jazeera and featuring Al-Qaeda members, citing Britain’s forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, and its financial and military support of America and Israel, as their reasons for the bombings.
1930 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dri Watson, died at 71.
Edinburgh-born Doyle trained as a doctor and began writing while in practice at Southsea.
His interest in science and history was reflected in many of his novels.
In later life, he became a spiritualist.
He was knighted in 1902.
1985 Seventeen-year-old Boris Becker beat Kevin Curren today to become the youngest ever Wimbledon men’s singles titleholder.
Becker is a powerful player, relying on enormous energy and physical strength to win.
1990 Martina Navratilova made Wimbledon history today by winning her ninth Wimbledon title, obtaining first place more times than anyone in the history of Wimbledon.
Queen Entertains Intruder
1892 Early this morning Queen Elizabeth was awoken by a strange man sitting on her bed in the Royal Suite at Buckingham Palace.
Michael Faigin, 30, swigging wine from the Royal cellars, chatted amicably with the monarch who kept remarkably cool throughout what must have been an alarming experience.
When Fagin asked for a cigarette, the Queen used the pretext of calling for some to summon help.
She was unharmed by the incident and has been praised for her clearheaded response to a potentially extremely dangerous situation.
Fagin has been remanded in custody and charged with the theft of the wine and with trespass.
The incident further highlights concern about lax security at Buckingham Palace.