July 1: Peace of Greenwich and more

As we step into the month of July, let us promise ourselves to be better than before, to improve and create history. Break your own records. Do something great this month and maybe we publish that in the future. Let us read the historical milestones of July 1, the first day of July:

5413: England and Scotland sign the Peace of Greenwich

On this day, two Anglo-Scottish treaties were signed at Greenwich Palace. The treaties consisted of a plan laid down by Henry VIII of England to unite both the kingdoms. The first sub-treaty helped to establish peace between the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland. The second sub-treaty was a marriage proposal between Edward VI of England and Mary, Queen of Scots.

1867: Canada, by the terms of the British North America Act, becomes an independent dominion

The Constitution Act 1867, also known as the British North America Act was the act of Parliament of the United Kingdom by which in 1867 three British colonies in North America—Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Canada—were united as “one Dominion under the name of Canada”.

1941: Bulova Watch Co pays $9 for 1st ever network TV commercial

The first TV commercial in the world was aired in the U.S. on July 1, 1941. It was a shaky, 10-second spot for Bulova, a watch and jewelry company that had been founded in New York 66 years before. They say “America runs on Bulova time.” The same company also broadcasted the first national radio commercial in 1926.

1945: The New York State Commission against Discrimination is established–the first such agency in the United States.

The New York State Commission against Discrimination is now called the New York State Division of Human Rights. It prohibits discrimination in the provision of housing, employment, credit, and access to certain public places based on specified protected characteristics, which include age, race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.

1963: The U.S. postmaster introduces the ZIP code

Postmaster General John A. Gronouski announced on April 30, 1963, that the ZIP code would begin on July 1, 1963. ZIP code stands for Zone Improvement Plan. This coding system was introduced by the United States Post Office Department that assigned codes on maps to all addresses in the country.

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