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July 1 - Sun

George Sand
George Sand (1804–1876) was a French novelist and memoirist who penned such books as Un hiver à Majorque (1842) , La Mare au Diable (1846), and La Petite Fadette (1849). Known as an ardent supporter of the poor and working class, as well as women's rights, she caused controversy in French high society for wearing men's clothing and smoking in public. She was also known for her much publicized romantic affairs with a number of artists, including the composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin.Photograph: Nadar

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July 2 - Mon

Christoph Willibald Gluck
Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714–1787) was a composer of Italian and French opera in the early classical period. Rising to prominence at the Habsburg court in Vienna, he challenged the dominant Metastasian opera seria by introducing more drama and cutting the da capo aria with a series of works in the 1760s, among them Orfeo ed Euridice and Alceste. After moving to Paris in 1773, he fused the Italian and French traditions in eight operas. Of these, Iphigénie en Tauride is generally acknowledged as his finest work.Painting: Joseph Siffred Duplessis

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July 3 - Tue

Väike-Maarja Church
Väike-Maarja Church is located at Väike-Maarja in Lääne-Viru County, Estonia. Initially designed as a fortress church, construction began in the 14th century. It has three nave-halls in Gothic style, as well as an organ installed by Gustav Normann and stained-glass windows by Riho Hütt. The original spire collapsed in a 2010 storm, being replaced in 2012.Photograph: Ivar Leidus

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July 4 - Wed

Four-spotted chaser
A female four-spotted chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata), also known as the four-spotted skimmer. A dragonfly of the family Libellulidae, it is found widely throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. It was voted the official state insect of Alaska in 1995.Photograph: Charles J. Sharp

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July 5 - Thu

The Courtyard of a House in Delft
The Courtyard of a House in Delft is an oil painting on canvas completed by Pieter de Hooch in 1658. An example of Dutch Golden Age painting, it offers a clear and direct depiction of domestic architecture typical of the artist's middle period, using a composition similar to his Courtyard with an Arbour. It is now held by the National Gallery in London.Painting: Pieter de Hooch

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July 6 - Fri

Free Speech Flag
The Free Speech Flag is a flag designed by John Marcotte to symbolize personal liberty and promote freedom of speech. The flag and its colors correspond to a cryptographic key that enabled users to copy HD DVDs and Blu-rays. It was created in 2007, during a controversy in which the Motion Picture Association of America and Advanced Access Content System Licensing Administrator began issuing cease and desist letters to websites publishing the key. Works inspired by the flag include an audio version, as well as a flag representing the private key for the PlayStation 3.Flag: John Marcotte

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July 7 - Sat

"Family Ruble"
The "Family Ruble", a ruble coin issued by the Russian Empire in 1836 and denominated both as 1½ ruble and as 10 złoty. It depicts Tsar Nicholas I on the obverse and his family on the reverse: Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna (center), surrounded by Alexander II as Tsarevich, Maria, Olga, Nicholas, Michael, Konstantin, and Alexandra.Coin: Russian Empire (image courtesy of the National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History)

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July 8 - Sun

MS Birka Stockholm
MS Birka Stockholm is a cruise ship owned by Birka Line, operated under their Birka Cruises brand. She was built in 2004 by Aker Finnyards at Rauma, Finland. She has a capacity of 1,800 passengers, and sails the Baltic Sea during the summer months.Photograph: Arild Vågen

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July 9 - Mon

The Punishment of Lust
The Punishment of Lust is an 1891 oil painting on canvas by the artist Giovanni Segantini. An early entry in a thematic series on cattive madri (bad mothers) produced between 1891 and 1896, it depicts women being punished for preferring a life of ease over a life of duty by being suspended in limbo among the barren landscape of the Alps. These women are suggested to have aborted or lost their children, and although the artist would have perceived this as a cardinal sin, there is a hint that they may be redeemed. The work was purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, England, in 1893; it remains there today.Painting: Giovanni Segantini

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July 11 - Wed

John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams (1767–1848) was an American statesman who served as a diplomat, minister and ambassador to foreign nations, and treaty negotiator, United States Senator, Congressman from Massachusetts, and the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. Involved in negotiating the treaties of Ghent, 1818, and Adams–Onís, Adams has been called one of the United States' greatest diplomats and secretaries of state. As president, he sought to modernize the American economy and promote education, paying off much of the national debt despite being stymied by a Congress controlled by opponents and lacking patronage networks. Historians have generally ranked him as an above-average president.Engraving: Bureau of Engraving and Printing; restoration: Andrew Shiva

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July 14 - Sat

Pluto
Pluto is a dwarf planet in the Kuiper belt, a ring of bodies beyond Neptune. Discovered by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930, Pluto was originally considered to be the ninth planet from the Sun. Following the discovery of several objects of similar size in the Kuiper belt, its status as a planet was questioned, and in 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) gave a definition of the term "planet" that excluded Pluto. The largest and second-most-massive known dwarf planet in the Solar System, Pluto is primarily made of ice and rock. It is relatively small, with a moderately eccentric and inclined orbit.

This photograph of Pluto is a composite of four near-true color images taken by the New Horizons spacecraft in 2015. The most prominent feature in the image, the bright, youthful plains of Tombaugh Regio and Sputnik Planitia, can be seen at lower right. This contrasts the darker, more cratered terrain of Cthulhu Macula at lower left.Photograph: NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Southwest Research Institute

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July 20 - Fri

A newsreel depicting the first successful underwater launch of the UGM-27 Polaris on July 20, 1960. This two-stage submarine-launched ballistic missile began development in 1956 and was meant to provide second strike capabilities. After several successful test firings on land, the missile was scheduled for an underwater test, being loaded onto USS George Washington at Cape Canaveral before being fired from the Atlantic Missile Test Range at a target 1,100 miles (1,800 km) away.Film: Universal International Newsreel

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July 26 - Thu

George Clinton
George Clinton (1739–1812) was an American soldier and statesman, considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He served as Governor of New York from 1777 to 1795, and from 1801 to 1804, being the longest-serving governor in U.S. history until Terry Branstad surpassed his record in 2015. A prominent Democratic-Republican, Clinton was tapped as the party's vice presidential nominee in the 1804 election, serving as the fourth Vice President of the United States from 1805 until his death in 1812. Having held office under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, Clinton is one of two vice presidents to hold office under two different presidents.Painting: Ezra Ames

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July 27 - Fri

St Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green is a city centre public park in Dublin, Ireland. The current landscape of the park was designed by William Sheppard. It was officially re-opened to the public in 1880. The park is adjacent to one of Dublin's main shopping streets, Grafton Street, and to a shopping centre named for it, while on its surrounding streets are the offices of a number of public bodies as well as a stop on one of Dublin's Luas tram lines. At 22 acres (89,000 m2), it is the largest of the parks in Dublin's main Georgian garden squares.Photograph: Dronepicr

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July 28 - Sat

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July 30 - Mon

Battle of Vercellae
Battle of Vercellae in 101 BC was the Roman victory of Gaius Marius over the invading Celto-Germanic Cimbri tribe near the settlement of Vercellae in Cisalpine Gaul. Having invaded northern Italy, the Cimbri repeatedly defeated the 20,000 men strong army of Quintus Lutatius Catulus; however, after Marius arrived with 32,000 soldiers to reinforce Catulus, the Romans won a total victory. The Cimbri were virtually wiped out, with the Romans claiming to have killed 65,000–160,000 and captured 60,000, including large numbers of women and children.

This painting, completed by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo between 1725 and 1729, was one of a series of works depicting Roman battles and triumphs.Painting: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

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