This Week in History

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This week's rundown was so rich in history that I couldn't help but share it here on our blog. From Shari Lewis and Lambchops, to women's history being made at the Olympics, to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords return to Congress, this week pretty much has it all.

July 29, 1997

Deborah Kaufman's documentary film, "Blacks and Jews," aired on PBS.

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July 30, 1894

Blanche Wolf Knopf, longtime leader of the publishing company Alfred A. Knopf, was born.

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July 30, 1942

The WAVES program, enlisting female volunteers in the U.S. Navy, was established. Miriam Miller was among the first enlistees.

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July 31, 1928

Canadian Bobbie Rosenfeld won an Olympic silver medal in the 100-meter race. The 1928 Olympics, held in Amsterdam, were the first in which women were allowed to compete in track & field events.

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August 1, 2011

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made a triumphant return to Congress to cast her vote on the debt ceiling, seven months after being shot.

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August 1, 1979

Reconstructionist rabbi Linda Joy Holtzman became the first woman to lead a U.S. Jewish congregation when she was appointed the spiritual leader of the Coatesville, PA, Beth Israel Congregation.

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August 2, 1924

The first issue of the "Saturday Review of Literature," founded and edited by Amy Loveman, appeared.

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August 2, 1998

Children's television favorite Shari Lewis, a puppeteer who created the characters Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse, died.

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August 2, 1932

Lillian Copeland won an Olympic gold medal in discus. At the previous Olympics, in 1928, she had won the silver in the same event. Her 1932 toss set a new world record.

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August 3, 1923

Noted fashion designer Anne Klein was born.

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August 3, 1944

American Jewish journalist Ruth Gruber arrived in New York harbor with 984 refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe, which concluded her secret mission to escort the refugees from Italy to America.

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August 4, 1981

Birth of Ariel Glaser, the child whose death inspired the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

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