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Friday, July 7, 2017

Today In History...

In 1647 Naples revolts against Spain.

In 1718 Alexis, heir to Russia's Peter the Great, is murdered.

In 1754 King's College in New York City opens. The school was renamed Columbia College thirty years later.

In 1801 Haiti proclaims its independence from France.

In 1846 The United States annexes California and the U.S. flag is raised at Monterey after the surrender of a Mexican garrison.

In 1865 Four persons convicted of complicity with John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln are hanged in Washington, DC, including Mary Surratt, the first woman executed in the U.S.

In 1891 The travelers cheque is patented.

In 1898 The United States annexes the island of Hawaii.

In 1913 Britain's House of Commons rejects the Irish Home Rule Bill.

In 1930 Construction begins on the Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam.

In 1937 Japanese troops on maneuvers near Peking clash with the Chinese, marking the start of the Sino-Japanese War.

In 1941 U.S. forces take up positions in Iceland, Trinidad and British Guiana to forestall any Nazi invasion, even though the U.S. had not yet entered World War II.

In 1946 Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini is canonized as the first American Saint.

In 1949 The police drama "Dragnet" starring Jack Webb and Barton Yarborough premieres on NBC radio.

In 1958 President Eisenhower signs the Alaska statehood bill.

In 1967 Actress Vivian Leigh dies at age 53.

In 1968 The original "Morris the Cat" dies.

In 1969 Canada's House of Commons gives final approval to a measure making the French language equal to English throughout the national government.

In 1971 Apollo XV returns in 12 days, 7 hours, 11 minutes, 53 seconds.

In 1973 Actress Veronica Lake dies at age 58.

In 1973 Iraq executes 23 people accused of having attempted to overthrow the Iraqi government.

In 1980 The first solar-powered aircraft crosses the English Channel.

In 1980 Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first female nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1983 11-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, left for a visit to the Soviet Union at the personal invitation of Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov.

In 1983 Former model Vicki Morgan, who had filed a palimony suit against the late millionaire Alfred Bloomingdale, is found beaten to death.

In 1984 Martina Navratilova defeats Chris Evert Lloyd to win her fifth singles title at Wimbledon.

In 1984 Five people are killed when an Amtrak train derailed near Essex Junction, Vermont.

In 1985 17-year-old Boris Becker becomes the youngest Wimbledon champ.

In 1986 The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Gramm-Rudman deficit reduction law.

In 1987 46 Hindus are killed in two attacks on buses in India by suspected Sikh terrorists.

In 1987 Lt. Col. Oliver North begins testimony in the Iran/Contra affair.

In 1987 Kiwanis Clubs end the men-only tradition and votes to admit women.

In 1988 The candidate of Mexico's ruling party, Carlos Salinas de Gortari, claims a "national victory" one day after presidential elections

In 1988 hat opponents charged were riddled by fraud.

In 1989 Thousands defy martial law in Burma and rally in memory of those killed during military crackdowns.

In 1992 A group of seven leaders meeting in Munich, Germany, condemn the fighting in former Yugoslavia and warned Serb-led troops that UN military force would be used if needed to keep relief ops going.

In 1993 On the first day of its economic summit in Tokyo, The Group of Seven nations unveils a long-sought agreement on world trade.

In 1993 Panama withdraws its offer to the U.S. to accept thousands of Haitian refugees.

In 1995 Atlantis and marathon astronaut Norman Thagard return to Earth.

In 1996 President Clinton delivers more Whitewater trial testimony before video cameras, this time testifying in case of two Arkansas bankers accused of making political contributions with bank funds.

In 1997 3 days after landing on Mars, the Pathfinder spacecraft yields what scientists said was photographic evidence that floods scoured the Red Planet's landscape more than a billion years ago.

In 1998 A jury in Santa Monica, CA, convicts Mikail Markhasev of murdering Ennis Cosby, Bill Cosby's only son, during a roadside robbery.

In 1998 Imprisoned Nigerian opposition leader Moshood Abiola dies of what the government said was a heart attack.

In 2001 Racial violence erupts in Bradford, England, as Asian and white youths riot in the streets with firebombs and baseball bats.

In 2002 Lleyton Hewitt defeats David Nalbandian in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3,  6-2, in the Wimbledon final to win his second Grand Slam title.

In 2003 NASA launches its second Mars rover.

In 2014 The first man who brought Pinocchio to life on the big screen dies. The character's first voice Richard Percy Jones died in Northridge, CA.

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