Significant July Dates in A.A. History
July 1939        - Warren C. joined A.A. Cleveland, caused debate because he was not
                    hospitalized. (DBGO pg. 102)
July 1944        - Dr. Bob writes article for Grapevine
"On Cultivating Tolerance".
July 1946        -
Grapevine reports: The Indianapolis Group now numbers about 275
                   members. There are five sectional groups: Broad Ripple (bi-partitioned this
                   spring because of luxuriant growth), East Side, West Side, Women's Group
                   and the Meyerson Group. The present arrangement provides a meeting by
                   one of the sub-groups every night in the week.
July 1947        -
Grapevine reports article: "Do You Like Alky?" from J.B. Muncie, Indiana.
July 1948        -
Grapevine reports: Indianapolis A.A.s Open Club.
July 1949        -
Grapevine reports: Mail Call for A.A.s at Home and Abroad from R.H. from
                    Richmond, Indiana.
July 1962        - 'Victor E' cartoon first appeared in Grapevine. (some say May 1962).
July 1-3, 1960 - 25th Anniversary of AA in Long Beach, CA.
July 2-3, 1955 - 20th Anniversary Convention at St. Louis, MO. The Three Legacies, of
                    Recovery, Unity, and Servive, turned over to the movement by the old
                    timers. AA comes of Age.
July 2, 1965    - "Best of Bill" and Pocket-Sized "12 and 12" 1st sold.
July 2, 1965    - 1st "La Vigne", Canadian Grapevine, published.
July 2-4, 1965 - 30th Anniversary of AA in Toronto. Adopted "I Am Responsible."
July 2, 1993    - 50 years of AA celebrated in Canada.
July 2, 2000    - 20 millionth copy of Big Book given to Al-Anon in Minneapolis, MN.
July 3-5, 1970 - 35th Anniversary of AA in Miami. "Declaration of Unity". Bill's last
                    public appearance.
July 3-6, 1980 - 45th Anniversary of AA in New Orleans. First true marathon
                    meeting was held.
July 4, 1939    - 1st AA meeting started in Flatbush, NY. (www)
July 4-6, 1975 - 40th Anniversary of AA in Denver. Worlds largest coffee server serves
                    1/2 million cups a day.
July 5-7, 1985 - 50th AA Anniversary in Montreal, Canada. Ruth Hock given
                    5,000,000th Big Book. House of Seagrams flew their flags at half mast
                    for 3 days.
July 5-8, 1990 - 55th AA Anniversary in Seattle, WA. Nell Wing given
                   10,000,000th Big Book.
July 7, 1940    - Bill attends 1st Summer Session at School of Alcohol Studies
                    at Yale University. (www)
July 8, 1940    - 1st AA Group formed in Dayton, Ohio. (GSO Archives)
July 10, 1941  - Texas newspaper publishes anonymous letter from founding member of
                    Texas AA Group. (Larry J) (www)
July 11, 1960  - Time published article called
"Passionately Anonymous" on the
                    25th Convention.
July 14, 1939  - Dr Tiebout gives Big Book to Marty M., who promptly throws it back at him.
July 14, 1979 -  Dr. Ernest Kurtz publishes NOT-GOD, History of AA. (www)
July 15, 1938  - 1st documented use name Alcoholics Anonymous, A.A. Archives letter
                    Bill to Willard Richardson. (www)
July 18, 1965  - Frank Amos, AA Non-Alcoholic Trustee, dies. In Chesterfield, IN. (Local)
July 18, 1938  - in letter to Dr. Richards at Johns Hopkins, Bill used Alcoholics
                   Anonymous as working title for Big Book & name for the fellowship.
July 18, 1976  - Indy Star Mag. articles “Hope For The Alcoholic”. This was a excerpt
                   of the book "The Booze Battle", by Ruth Maxwell. Also, has a story by
                   Susan Lennis, "Help For Indiana's Problem Drinkers."  (Local Papers)
July 20, 1941  - First AA group formed in Seattle, Washington. (www)
July 22, 1877  - Willian Duncan Silkworth born in Brooklyn, NY. (www)
July 22, 1980  -
Marty M. early AA woman and founder of NCADD dies. (www)
July 23, 1940  - Philly AA's send 10% of kitty to Alcoholic Foundation, sets precedent. (www)
July 23, 1943  - New Haven CT Register reports arrival of AA's to study with E M Jellinek.
July 24, 1943  - L.A. press reports formation of all-Mexican AA Group. (www)
July 27, 1972  -
UAW – GM, plan alcoholic aid program reported in the Delco Sparks. (Local)
July 28-30, 1950 - First AA International Convention held in Cleveland, Ohio. Twelve
                    Traditions adopted. Dr. Bob made last appearance at large AA gathering.
July 29, 1941  -
The Day In Indiana article of the Muncie Star,
                   report on Alcoholics Anonymous (Local Paper)
July 31, 1972  - Rollie H dies sober in Washington DC. (www)
Source References

Information has been gleaned from the library noted below:
12&12            Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, AAWS
AABB              Alcoholics Anonymous, the "Big Book" AAWS
AACOA           AA Comes of Age, AAWS
ABSI               As Bill Sees It, AAWS
AGAA             The Akron Genesis of Alcoholics Anonymous, by Dick B (soft cover)
BW-RT           Bill W by Robert Thomsen (soft cover)
BW-FH           Bill W by Francis Hartigan (hard cover)
BW-40            Bill W My First 40 Years, autobiography (hard cover)
CH                  Children of the Healer, Bob Smith and Sue Smith Windows by Christine Brewer (soft cover)
DBGO            Dr Bob and the Good Old-timers, AAWS
EBBY              Ebby the Man Who Sponsored Bill W by Mel B (soft cover)
GB                 Getting Better Inside Alcoholics Anonymous by Nan Robertson (soft cover)
GTBT             Grateful to Have Been There by Nell Wing (soft cover)
GSC-FR         General Service Conference - Final Report (identified by year), AAWS
GSO               General Service Office - Presentations and Literature, service pieces, AAWS/GSO US/Canada
GSO-AC         General Service Office Archives Collection
Gv                  Grapevine - identified by month and year
HIW                How It Worked by Mitchell K (illustrated PDF file version)
HT                  Harry Tiebout - the Collected Writings, Hazelden Pittman Press (soft cover)
LOH               The Language of the Heart, AA Grapevine Inc
LR                  Lois Remembers, by Lois Wilson
MMM              Mrs Marty Mann, by Sally and David R Brown (hard cover)
MSBW            My Search for Bill W, by Mel B. (soft cover)
NG                  Not God, by Ernest Kurtz (expanded edition, soft cover)
NW                 New Wine, by Mel B (soft cover)
PIO                 Pass It On, AAWS
RAA               The Roots of Alcoholics Anonymous, by Bill Pittman, nee AA the Way It Began (soft cover)
SI                    Sister Ignatia, by Mary C Darrah (soft cover)
SD                  Slaying the Dragon, by William L White (soft cover)
SM                  AA Service Manual and Twelve Concepts for World Service, AAWS
SW                 Silkworth - the Little Doctor Who Loved Drunks, by Dale Mitchell (hard cover)
WPR               Women Pioneers in 12 Step Recovery, by Charlotte Hunter, Billye Jones and Joan Ziegler (soft cover)
www                Internet Sources (e.g. Google, Microsoft Encarta, US National Archives & Records Admin. NARA, etc.)

Page numbers follow the source reference: e.g.:        PIO 111, 113 = Pass It On pages 111 and 113.

AA           Alcoholics Anonymous         GSB        General Service Board
AAWS     AA World Services Inc.         GSC        General Service Conference
AFG        Al-Anon Family Groups        MRA        Moral Re-Armament
BBS        Big Book Story                       OG        Oxford Group