TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

TO­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - KICKOFF -

July 31, 1777

Dur­ing the Revo­lu­tion­ary War, the Mar­quis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French no­ble­man, was made a ma­jor­gen­eral in the Amer­i­can Con­ti­nen­tal Army.

ALSO ON THIS DATE 1930

The ra­dio char­ac­ter “The Shadow” made his de­but as nar­ra­tor of the “De­tec­tive Story Hour” on CBS Ra­dio.

1957

The Distant Early Warn­ing Line, a sys­tem of radar sta­tions de­signed to de­tect Soviet bombers ap­proach­ing North Amer­ica, went into op­er­a­tion.

1972

Demo­cratic vice-pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Thomas Ea­gle­ton with­drew from the ticket with Ge­orge McGovern fol­low­ing dis­clo­sures that Ea­gle­ton had once un­der­gone psy­chi­atric treat­ment.

1991

Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush and Soviet Pres­i­dent Mikhail S. Gor­bachev signed the Strate­gic Arms Re­duc­tion Treaty in Moscow.

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