Today in history
Today in history
Today is Thursday, July 8, the 189th day of 2021. There are 176 days left in the year.
The highlight of today’s history:
On July 8, 1947, a New Mexico newspaper, the Roswell Daily Record, quoted officials from Roswell Army Air Field as saying they had recovered a “flying saucer” that had crashed on a ranch; officials then said it was actually a weather balloon. (To this day, some believe that what fell on Earth was an alien spaceship carrying alien beings.)
To this date :
In 1776, Colonel John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, outside the State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia.
In 1853, an expedition led by Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Yedo Bay, Japan, on a mission to seek diplomatic and trade relations with the Japanese.
In 1889, the Wall Street Journal was first published.
In 1911, cowgirl ‘Two-Gun Nan’ Aspinwall became the first woman to take a solo horseback trip across the United States, arriving in New York City 10 months after leaving San Francisco.
In 1950, President Harry S. Truman appointed General Douglas MacArthur Commander-in-Chief of United Nations forces in Korea. (Truman ended up firing MacArthur for insubordination nine months later.)
In 1972, the Nixon administration announced a deal to sell $ 750 million worth of grain to the Soviet Union. (However, the Soviets also engaged in the secret purchase of subsidized American grain, which resulted in what critics dubbed “The Great Grain Robbery”)
In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford announced he would run for a second term.
In 1989, Carlos Saul Menem was invested president of Argentina in the country’s first transfer of power from one democratically elected civilian leader to another in six decades.
In 1994, Kim Il Sung, North Korean communist leader since 1948, died at the age of 82.
In 2000, Venus Williams defeated Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 7-6 (3) for her first Grand Slam title, becoming the first black champion at Wimbledon since Althea Gibson in 1957-58.
In 2010, violent protests erupted in Oakland, Calif., After a Los Angeles jury convicted former white transport agent Johannes Mehserle (yoh-HAH’-nes MEZ’-ur-lee), of manslaughter (instead of murder) in the filmed the fatal shooting of a black man, Oscar Grant.
In 2019, billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls; the newly unsealed federal indictment came more than a decade after he secretly struck a deal with federal prosecutors to dispose of nearly identical allegations. (Epstein was found unconscious in his jail cell a month later; the medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.)
Ten years ago: Former First Lady Betty Ford died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Aged 93. Atlantis thundered into orbit during a freighter that would end the three-decade US space shuttle program. Ohio State canceled its 2010 football season wins, including its share of the Big Ten Championship and a Sugar Bowl victory over Arkansas, as it responded to the NCAA’s investigation into a memorabilia scandal against money.
Five years ago: On the first day of a two-day summit in Warsaw, NATO leaders braced for a long-term standoff with Russia, sending multinational troops to Poland and the then three Baltic states that Moscow was moving forward with its own plans to station two new divisions along its western borders. Ten states (Nebraska, Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming) have sued the federal government over rules requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity, joining a dozen other states in the latest fight for LGBT rights. (Nebraska, which led the effort, later asked to drop the trial after the Trump administration ended protection.)
A year ago: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an executive order requiring masks to be worn in Georgia’s largest city, setting up a showdown with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. President Donald Trump has threatened to withhold federal money if school districts don’t bring their students back in the fall. The chief of the health department for the city of Tulsa in Oklahoma said that a Trump campaign rally in June had “probably contributed” to a dramatic increase in new cases of the coronavirus there. Brooks Brothers filed for bankruptcy; the 200-year-old company has become the last major clothing retailer to be overthrown by the coronavirus pandemic.
Today’s Birthdays: Singer Steve Lawrence is 86 years old. Actor Jeffrey Tambor is 77 years old. Rock musician Jaimoe Johanson is 76 years old. Ballerina Cynthia Gregory is 74 years old. Actor Kim Darby is 74 years old. Actor Jonelle Allen is 73 years old. The children’s interpreter Raffi is 73 years old. Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck is 72 years old. Actress Anjelica Huston is 70 years old. Writer Anna Quindlen is 69 years old. Actor Kevin Bacon is 63 years old. Actor Robert Knepper is 62 years old. Rock musician Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode) is 60 years old. Country singer Toby Keith is 60 years old. Rock singer Joan Osborne is 60 years old. 59. Writer-producer Rob Burnett is 59 years old. Actor Rocky Carroll is 58 years old. Actor Corey Parker is 56 years old. Actor Lee Tergesen is 56 years old. Actor Michael B. Silver is 54 years old. Actor Billy Crudup is 53 years old. Actor Michael Weatherly is 53 years old. Singer Beck is 51 years old. The actor Sebastian Maniscalco is 48 years old. Actress Kathleen Robertson is 48 years old. Christian rock musician Stephen Mason (Jars of Clay) is 46 years old. Actor Milo Ventimiglia (MEE’-loh vehn-tih-MEEL’-yuh) is 44 years old. Singer Ben Jelen (YEL’-in) is 42 years old. Actor Lance Gross is 40 years old. Actor Sophia Bush is 39 years old. Rock musician J girlfriend Cook (Arctic Monkeys) is 36 years old. Actor Jake McDorman is 35 years old. Actress Maya Hawke is 23. Actor Jaden Smith is 23.