THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Today is Tuesday, July 4, the 185th day of 2017. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day.
IN THE NATION
1802: The U.S. Military Academy officially opened at West Point, N.Y. 1826: 50 years to the day after the Declaration of Independence was adopted, former Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died.
1939: Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees delivered his famous farewell speech in which he called himself “the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.”
IN THE WORLD
1987: Klaus Barbie, the former Gestapo chief known as the “Butcher of Lyon,” was convicted by a French court of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison (he died in September 1991).
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
Actress Eva Marie Saint is 93. Actress Gina Lollobrigida is 90. Playwright Neil Simon is 90. Broadcast journalist Geraldo Rivera is 74. International Tennis Hall of Famer Pam Shriver is 55. Malia Obama is 19.