Blue whales, the world’s largest animals, frequent waters off California that overlap with some of the United States’ busiest shipping lanes, according to a new study that suggests ship strikes are contributing to the whales’ stagnating population numbers.

Happy Birthday Lynda Carter (born July 24, 1951)

THE BLUE ANGEL (1930) with Emil Jannings and Marlene Dietrich. This performance is parodied in Blazing Saddles (1974).

F.W. Murnau’s THE LAST LAUGH (1924) starring Emil Jannings who was born 130 years ago today.

Emil Jannings (23 Jul 1884 – 2 Jan 1950) - best known as the hotel doorman in F.W. Murnau’s The Last Laugh (1924) and the professor to Marlene Dietrich’s nightclub singer in The Blue Angel (1930), her breakthrough role. Jannings is the first person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, for both The Way of All Flesh (1927) and The Last Command (1928). Emil Jannings (23 Jul 1884 – 2 Jan 1950) - best known as the hotel doorman in F.W. Murnau’s The Last Laugh (1924) and the professor to Marlene Dietrich’s nightclub singer in The Blue Angel (1930), her breakthrough role. Jannings is the first person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, for both The Way of All Flesh (1927) and The Last Command (1928).

Emil Jannings (23 Jul 1884 – 2 Jan 1950) - best known as the hotel doorman in F.W. Murnau’s The Last Laugh (1924) and the professor to Marlene Dietrich’s nightclub singer in The Blue Angel (1930), her breakthrough role. Jannings is the first person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, for both The Way of All Flesh (1927) and The Last Command (1928).

July 21, 1925: Scopes Found Guilty in “Monkey Trial”

Tennessee high school science teacher, John Thomas Scopes, was found guilty for allegedly teaching evolution, which violated Tennessee state law. The Scopes Trial, known as the “Monkey Trial,” lasted only a week, but ignited conversation and debate over whether to teach Creation or Evolution in the classroom.

The court acquitted Scopes on a technicality but upheld the constitutionality of the state law which was eventually overturned in 1967.

Explore American Experience’s timeline of the Scopes “Monkey” Trial to learn more.

Image:  John Thomas Scopes, Library of Congress.

Rest in Peace JAMES GARNER (April 7, 1928 - July 19, 2014)

  • Support Your Local Sheriff (1969) - http://bit.ly/1n0VY7j
  • Marlowe (1969, with Bruce Lee) - http://bit.ly/Uk557h
  • The Rockford Files (tribute) - http://bit.ly/1oYdLbL

The Dish (2000) true dramatic comedy about Australian antenna playing key role in Apollo 11 moon landing.

July 20, 1969 - 'The Eagle Has Landed'—Two Men Walk on the Moon http://bit.ly/1rpgaQx July 20, 1969 - 'The Eagle Has Landed'—Two Men Walk on the Moon http://bit.ly/1rpgaQx

July 20, 1969 - 'The Eagle Has Landed'—Two Men Walk on the Moon http://bit.ly/1rpgaQx