On this day in 1975 the summer blockbuster is born when Jaws is released to widespread panic and popularity. Now we just see it as just another movie on Speilberg's resume, but at the time it was his greatest success. People still think twice about entering the water on a hot summer day.
On this day in 1900 the Boxer Rebellion began when Chinese nationalists grew tired of foreign involvement in their country. They started to sabotage foreign interests and attacks on any foreigner they saw. The rebellion was put down by a joint force of Great Britain, the United States, Russia, Japan, France, and Germany. As a result China became a puppet state and was essentially ruled by many foreign powers until WWII.
On this day in 1994 George Michael lost his lawsuit with Sony Records that claimed Michael was being treated unfairly with his 15 year contract. Michael was particularly offended by the clause that stated Sony could refuse to release any album it thought would not be commercially viable. George Michael refused to ever record again with Sony. Two things. Why would Sony release anything it thought wouldn't sell. This is George Michael, he sucks! Second of all, George Michael signed a new contract with Sony in 2003 when his old one ended. Way to stick to your guns guy, now go find a bathroom stall.