Most of the wheat in the Lawrence area had been harvested, and other crops had been planted, but farmers said they were now hurting for rain to help their corn crops. The last measurable amount of rain was .10 of an inch about a week earlier.
A man toting a .22-caliber rifle walked into a university library in Fullerton, Calif., and open fire, killing six persons and wounding three others. The gunman fled the scene but was later captured but there was no indication of his motive.
Representatives of the Lawrence Firefighters Assn. in a meeting with city officials offered possible alternatives to their previous demand for a 2.5 percent wage increase. However, "work actions" had begun with firefighters doing some picketing on city jobs and police enforcing little-noted provisions, called nuisance actions, in some cases.
There was growing evidence that John Glenn of Ohio would be Democratic presidential choice Jimmy Carter's pick as his runnning mate.
A year earlier, Lawrence had experienced the hottest July 11 on record, 104. Experts after considering this July 11 reading of 61 declared it the lowest reading ever recorded on the date.
"Water Its Importance and the Effect Recents Developments May Have on Lawrence" was to be the topic of a chamber of commerce general membership meeting. Water resources were getting increasing attention with the coming development of such venues as Perry and Clinton lakes. Warren Rhodes was chamber president.
On July 12, 1901, the Lawrence World told of a Summer Theater coming to town noting that Manager O.T. Crawford has arranged for a short season of open-air entertainments. A tent was to be erected at the corner of Pinckney [6th] and Vermont streets. Price was 10 cents, reserved seat 10 cents extra.