Today In History...

In 1553 15-year-old Lady Jane Grey is deposed as Queen of England after claiming the crown for 9 days. King Henry VIII's daughter Mary was proclaimed Queen.

In 1848 The first Women's Rights Convention is held in Seneca Falls, NY.

In 1870 The Franco-Prussian war begins.

In 1877 The first Wimbledon tennis championship is held.

In 1918 During World War I, German armies begin a retreat across the Marne River in France following the failure of their last big offensive on French soil.

In 1935 The first parking meters are installed, in Oklahoma City, OK.

In 1941 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill launches his "V for Victory" campaign in Europe.

In 1943 Allied air forces raid Rome during World War II.

In 1952 A series of UFO sightings are reported above the White House.

In 1957 The first rocket with a nuclear warhead is fired at Yucca Flat, NV.

In 1961 TWA shows the first in-flight movie.

In 1963 Joe Walker reaches 105 km in a X-15.

In 1969 Apollo XI and its astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins, go into orbit around the moon.

In 1975 The Apollo and Soyuz space capsules that were linked in orbit for two days separated.

In 1978 Geoffrey Capes sets a world record by throwing a 5 pound brick 146 feet.

In 1979 The Nicaraguan capital of Managua falls to Sandinista guerrillas, two days after President Anastasio Somoza fled the country.

In 1980 The Moscow Summer Olympics begin, minus dozens of nations that had boycotted the games because of Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.

In 1981 President Reagan travels to Montebello, Quebec, for a conference of the world's richest industrial democracies.

In 1984 U.S. Representative Geraldine Ferraro wins the Democratic nomination for vice president at the party's convention in San Francisco.

In 1985 NASA announces Christa McAuliffe of New Hampshire (chosen out of 11,000 applicants) would be the first schoolteacher to ride in a space shuttle. (McAuliffe and six others are killed when the Challenger exploded the following January.)

In 1986 Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President Kennedy, marries Edwin Schlossberg in Centerville, MA.

In 1988 Jesse Jackson brings his 1988 presidential campaign to a close at the Democratic national convention in Atlanta.

In 1989 Pilot Al Haynes crash-lands a crippled United Airlines DC-10 at Sioux City, Iowa, after keeping it in the air 41 minutes after an engine explosion. 112 are killed, while 184 people survive.

In 1990 President Bush joins Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon at ceremonies dedicating the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California.

In 1990 Baseball's all-time hits leader Pete Rose is sentenced in Cincinnati to five months in prison for tax evasion.

In 1990 Baseball's all-time hits leader Pete Rose is sentenced in Cincinnati to five months in prison for tax evasion.

In 1991 The South African government acknowledges that it had been giving money to the Inkatha Freedom Party, the main rival of the African National Congress.

In 1992 In Palermo, Sicily, a car bomb claims the life of chief prosecutor Paolo Borsellino.

In 1993 President Clinton fires FBI Director William Sessions, citing "serious questions" about Sessions' conduct and leadership.

In 1993 President Clinton announces a compromise allowing homosexuals to serve in the military, but only if they refrained from all homosexual activity.

In 1994 A bomb rips apart a Panama commuter plane, killing 21, including 12 Jews. An anti-Israeli group indirectly claims responsibility.

In 1994 Funeral services are held for North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung, who had died July 8 at age 82.

In 1995 Two House subcommittees hold a joint hearing on the federal government's raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, TX.

In 1996 Opening ceremonies are held in Atlanta for the 26th Summer Olympic Games.

In 1996 A FDA advisory committee recommends, with some conditions, that the abortion-inducing drug RU-486 be approved.

In 1996 Bosnian Serb official Radovan Karadzic gives up all political power.

In 1998 Nicholas II, last of the Romanov czars, is buried in Russia 80 years

In 1998 after he and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.

In 1998 A 23-foot tidal wave kills nearly 3,000 along coast of Papua, New Guinea.

In 2000 Republican Senator Paul Coverdell of Georgia dies of a stroke.

In 2002 ConAgra Beef Co. of Colorado ask Americans to destroy 19 million pounds of hamburger meat because of E. coli concerns.

In 2003 A chartered aircraft carrying three families to a game reserve crashes into Mount Kenya, killing all 12 American tourists and the two South African pilots on board.

In 2004 Former Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki dies at age 93.


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