Daily Archives: July 22, 2013

Wiley Post completes first solo flight around the world 80 years ago this hour (1933)

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(Saturday, July 22, 1933, 11:59:30 p.m. local time) — Wiley Post became the first person to fly solo around the world tonight, traveling 15,596 miles in 7 days 18 hours 45 minutes and landing 30 seconds before midnight at New York’s Floyd Bennett Field, where he had departed on July 15.

‘Seabiscuit’ premieres in the U.S. 10 years ago today (2003)

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(Tuesday, July 22, 2003)Seabiscuit, a biographical sports drama film about the life and racing career of Seabiscuit, an undersized and overlooked thoroughbred race horse, whose unexpected successes made him a hugely popular media sensation in the United States during the Great Depression, premiered today in the U.S.

Directed by Gary Ross, the film starred Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Gary Stevens and William H. Macy.

American forces captured Palermo, Sicily 70 years ago this hour (1943)

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(Thursday, July 22, 1943, 7:00 p.m. local time; during the Allied invasion of Sicily, part of the Italian Campaign of World War II) — The American 7th Army led by Gen. George S. Patton tonight captured Palermo, the Sicilian capital. Americans had cut off 50,000 Italian troops in the west, but Germans were escaping to the northeastern corner of the island.