To­day in his­tory

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To­day is Sun­day, July 7, the 188th day of 2019. There are 177 days left in the year.

On this date in his­tory

On July 7, 1981, Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan an­nounced he was nom­i­nat­ing Ari­zona Judge San­dra Day O’Con­nor to be­come the first fe­male jus­tice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

1846 — U.S. an­nex­a­tion of Cal­i­for­nia was pro­claimed at Mon­terey af­ter the sur­ren­der of a Mex­i­can gar­ri­son.

1865 — Four peo­ple were hanged in Wash­ing­ton for con­spir­ing with John Wilkes Booth to as­sas­si­nate Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln: Lewis Pow­ell (aka Lewis Payne), David Herold, Ge­orge Atze­rodt and Mary Sur­ratt, the first woman to be ex­e­cuted by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

1898 — The United States an­nexed Hawaii.

1937 — The Sec­ond Sino-Ja­panese War erupted into full-scale con­flict as Im­pe­rial Ja­panese forces at­tacked the Marco Polo Bridge in Bei­jing.

1948 — Six fe­male U.S. Navy re­servists be­came the first women to be sworn in to the reg­u­lar Navy.

1954 — Elvis Pres­ley made his ra­dio de­but as Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, sta­tion WHBQ played his first record­ing for Sun Records, “That’s All Right.”

1963 — A Navy jet fighter from Wil­low Grove Naval Air Sta­tion in Penn­syl­va­nia crashed into a pic­nic area, killing seven peo­ple; the pi­lot, who ejected, sur­vived.

1969 — Canada’s House of Com­mons gave fi­nal ap­proval to the Of­fi­cial Lan­guages Act, mak­ing French equal to English through­out the na­tional gov­ern­ment.

1975 — The day­time drama “Ryan’s Hope” pre­miered on ABC-TV.

1976 — Pres­i­dent Ger­ald R. Ford and the first lady hosted a White House din­ner for Bri­tain’s Queen El­iz­a­beth II and Prince Philip. The United States Mil­i­tary Academy at West Point in­cluded fe­male cadets for the first time as 119 women joined the Class of 1980.

1990 — The first “Three Tenors” con­cert took place as opera stars Lu­ciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Car­reras per­formed amid the brick ru­ins of Rome’s Baths of Cara­calla on the eve of the World Cup cham­pi­onship.

2004 — For­mer En­ron chair­man Ken­neth Lay was in­dicted on crim­i­nal charges re­lated to the en­ergy com­pany’s col­lapse. (Lay was later con­victed of fraud and con­spir­acy, but died in July 2006 be­fore he could be sen­tenced.)

Ten years ago — Some 20,000 peo­ple gath­ered in­side Sta­ples Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les for a me­mo­rial ser­vice hon­or­ing the late Michael Jack­son, who was tear­fully de­scribed by his 11-year-old daugh­ter, Paris-Michael, as “the best fa­ther you could ever imag­ine.” Bri­tain un­veiled a Hyde Park me­mo­rial to mark the fourth an­niver­sary of the London tran­sit sys­tem bomb­ings that claimed 52 vic­tims. Pope Bene­dict XVI called for a new world fi­nan­cial or­der guided by ethics, dig­nity and the search for the com­mon good in the third en­cycli­cal of his pon­tif­i­cate.

Five years ago — Wash­ing­ton state is­sued its first re­tail mar­i­juana li­censes. Pope Fran­cis begged for­give­ness in his first meet­ing with Catholics sex­u­ally abused by mem­bers of the clergy and vowed to hold bish­ops re­spon­si­ble for their han­dling of pe­dophile priests. Ed­uard She­vard­nadze, 86, the Soviet Union’s for­eign min­is­ter who helped end the Cold War but then as Ge­or­gia’s pres­i­dent was forced into re­tire­ment by par­lia­ment, died in Tbil­isi.

One year ago — Af­ter two days of talks in North Korea’s cap­i­tal, Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said he had com­mit­ments for new dis­cus­sions on de­nu­cle­ariza­tion, but North Korea said Pom­peo’s visit had been “re­gret­table” and that the United States was mak­ing “gang­ster-like” de­mands.

To­day’s birth­days

Mu­si­cian-con­duc­tor Doc Sev­erin­sen is 92. Pulitzer Prize-win­ning au­thor David Mc­Cul­lough is 86. Rock star Ringo Starr is 79. Co­me­dian Bill Od­die is 78. Singer-mu­si­cian War­ren Ent­ner (The Grass Roots) is 76. Ac­tor Joe Spano is 73. Pop singer David Hodo (The Vil­lage Peo­ple) is 72. Coun­try singer Linda Wil­liams is 72. Ac­tress Shel­ley Du­vall is 70. Ac­tress Roz Ryan is 68. Ac­tor Billy Campbell is 60. Ac­tor Robert Tay­lor is 59. Rock mu­si­cian Mark White (Spin Doc­tors) is 57. Singer-song­writer Vonda Shep­ard is 56. Ac­tor-co­me­dian Jim Gaf­fi­gan is 53. Rhythm-and-blues mu­si­cian Ricky Kinchen (Mint Con­di­tion) is 53. Ac­tress Amy Carl­son is 51. Ac­tress Jorja Fox is 51. Ac­tress Cree Sum­mer is 50. Ac­tress Robin Weigert is 50. Ac­tress Kirsten Vangsness is 47. Ac­tor Troy Gar­ity is 46. Ac­tress Berenice Bejo is 43. Ac­tor Hamish Lin­klater is 43. Olympic sil­ver and bronze medal fig­ure skater Michelle Kwan is 39. Rap­per Cas­sidy is 37. Coun­try singer Gab­bie Nolen is 37. Ac­tor Ross Malinger is 35. Ac­tor-co­me­dian Luke Null (TV: “Satur­day Night Live”) is 29. Pop singer Ally Her­nan­dez (Fifth Har­mony) (TV: “The X Fac­tor”) is 26. Pop mu­si­cian Ash­ton Ir­win (5 Sec­onds to Sum­mer) is 25. Coun­try singer Mad­die Mar­low (Mad­die and Tae) is 24.

Thought for to­day “Mem­ory de­pends very much on the per­spicu­ity, reg­u­lar­ity, and or­der of our thoughts. Many com­plain of the want of mem­ory, when the de­fect is in their judgment; and oth­ers, by grasp­ing at all, re­tain noth­ing.” — Mar­garet Fuller, Amer­i­can critic and so­cial re­former (1810-1850).

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