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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011

Wednesday.July 27.2011.Just another ordinary day.Perhaps.Going back in time…July 27 wasn’t always an ordinary day.Many significant things happened on that date.In 1713, Russia and Turkey signed a peace treaty.In 1795, Spain and France signed a peace treaty.Alas, it’s been war and strife ever since.All over the world.In 1837, the U.S. Mint opened in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 27.In 1844, the same U.S. Mint burned down…on July 27.Is that a (smoking) rat I smell?As for electric cars being the future…In 1888, Philip Pratt unveiled the first electric auto.That’s more than 100 hundred years ago.The oil barons probably ran him outta town on a rail.Take that, Pratt.And don’t come back.Not unless you’re driving a gas guzzler.Over in Holland, folks busily built a dike.They finished it on July 27, 1929—The Dike of Wieringermeerpolder.No lie.On July 27, 1940, Bugs Bunny made his debut in “Wild Hare.”And the world was all the better for it.Those with no humor formed the U.S. Communist Party on July 27, 1945.Those with vision flew the first jet-propelled airline, De Havilland Comet, on July 27, 1949.And on July 27, 1954 an armistice divided Vietnam into two countries.In Chicago, Vice-President Richard Nixon was nominated for President at the Republican Convention on July 27, 1960.Pedaling as fast as he could, Greg Lemond became the first American to win the Tour de France on July 27, 1986.On that same day in 1988, Radio Shack announced its Tandy 1000SL Computer.That was the future.Which has come and gone.Now we have iPad2.On July 27, 1990, Zsa Zsa Gabor was given a three-day jail sentence for slapping a cop.What is this world coming to?Just last year, on July 27, a man bought some old photographic negatives at a garage sale.And later discovered they were taken by Ansel Adams.So today, July 27, 2011 may seem ordinary.But the extraordinary could be right around the corner.Or right under our nose.Who knows!That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square.

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