Lodi News-Sentinel - - Opinion -

To­day is Tues­day, July 18, the 199th day of 2017. There are 166 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in History On July 18, 1947, Pres­i­dent Harry S. Tru­man signed a Pres­i­den­tial Suc­ces­sion Act which placed the speaker of the House and the Se­nate pres­i­dent pro tem­pore next in the line of suc­ces­sion af­ter the vice pres­i­dent.

On this date In A.D. 64, the Great Fire of Rome be­gan, con­sum­ing most of the city for about a week. (Some blamed the fire on Em­peror Nero, who in turn blamed Chris­tians.)

• In 1536, the English Par­lia­ment passed an act declar­ing the au­thor­ity of the pope void in Eng­land.

• In 1792, Amer­i­can naval hero John Paul Jones died in Paris at age 45.

In 1817, English nov­el­ist Jane Austen died in Winch­ester at age 41.

• In 1927, Ty Cobb hit safely for the 4,000th time in his ca­reer dur­ing a game be­tween the Philadel­phia Ath­let­ics (his new team) and the Detroit Tigers (his old one) at Navin Field. (The Tigers won, 5-3.)

• In 1932, the United States and Canada signed a treaty to de­velop the St. Lawrence Se­away.

• In 1944, Hideki Tojo was re­moved as Ja­panese pre­mier and war min­is­ter be­cause of set­backs suf­fered by his coun­try in World War II. Amer­i­can forces in France cap­tured the Nor­mandy town of St. Lo.

• In 1955, Pres­i­dent Dwight D. Eisen­hower, Soviet Pre­mier Niko­lai Bul­ganin, Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter An­thony Eden and French Pre­mier Edgar Faure held a sum­mit in Geneva.

• In 1969, Sen. Ed­ward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., left a party on Chap­paquid­dick Is­land near Martha’s Vine­yard with Mary Jo Kopechne, 28; some time later, Kennedy’s car went off a bridge into the wa­ter. Kennedy was able to es­cape, but Kopechne drowned.

• In 1976, 14-year-old Ro­ma­nian gym­nast Na­dia Co­maneci, com­pet­ing at the Mon­treal Olympics, re­ceived the firstever per­fect score of 10 with her rou­tine on un­even par­al­lel bars. (Co­maneci would go on to re­ceive six more 10s in Mon­treal.)

• In 1984, gun­man James Hu­berty opened fire at a McDon­ald’s fast food restau­rant in San Ysidro killing 21 peo­ple be­fore be­ing shot dead by po­lice. Wal­ter F. Mon­dale won the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion in San Fran­cisco.

• In 1994, a bomb hid­den in a van de­stroyed a Jewish cul­tural cen­ter in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina, killing 85. Tutsi rebels de­clared an end to Rwanda’s 14-week-old civil war.

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