Today In History...

In 1553 15-year-old Lady Jane Grey was 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 was held in Seneca Falls, NY.
In 1870 The Franco-Prussian war began.
In 1877 The first Wimbledon tennis championship was held.
In 1918 During World War I, German armies began 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 were installed, in Oklahoma City, OK.
In1941In 1941 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill launched his "V for Victory" campaign in Europe.
In 1943 Allied air forces raided Rome during World War II.
In 1952 A series of UFO sightings were reported above the White House.
In 1957 The first rocket with a nuclear warhead was fired at Yucca Flat, NV.
In 1961 TWA showed the first in-flight movie.
In 1963 Joe Walker reached 105 km in an X-15.
In 1969 Apollo XI and its astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins, went 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 set a world record by throwing a 5-pound brick 146 feet.
In 1979 The Nicaraguan capital of Managua fell to Sandinista guerrillas two days after President Anastasio Somoza fled the country.
In 1980 The Moscow Summer Olympics began, minus dozens of nations that had boycotted the games because of Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.
In1981In 1981 President Reagan traveled to Montebello, Quebec, for a conference of the world's most prosperous industrial democracies.
In 1984 U.S. Representative Geraldine Ferraro won the Democratic nomination for vice president at the party's convention in San Francisco.
In 1985 NASA announced 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 were killed when the Challenger exploded the following January.)
In 1986 Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President Kennedy, married Edwin Schlossberg in Centerville, MA.
In 1988 Jesse Jackson brought 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 joined 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 was sentenced in Cincinnati to five months in prison for tax evasion.
In 1990 Baseball's all-time hits leader, Pete Rose was sentenced in Cincinnati to five months in prison for tax evasion.
In 1991 The South African government acknowledged giving money to the Inkatha Freedom Party, the main rival of the African National Congress.
In 1992 In Palermo, Sicily, a car bomb claimed the life of chief prosecutor Paolo Borsellino.
In1993In 1993, President Clinton fired FBI Director William Sessions, citing "serious questions" about Sessions' conduct and leadership.
In 1993 President Clinton announced a compromise allowing homosexuals to serve in the military, but only if they refrained from all homosexual activity.
In 1994 A bomb ripped apart a Panama commuter plane, killing 21, including 12 Jews. An anti-Israeli group indirectly claims responsibility.
In 1994 Funeral services were held for North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung, who died on July 8 at age 82.
In 1995 Two House subcommittees held a joint hearing on the federal government's raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, TX.
In 1996 Opening ceremonies were held in Atlanta for the 26th Summer Olympic Games.
In 1996 The FDA advisory committee recommended, with some conditions, that the abortion-inducing drug RU-486 be approved.
In 1996 Bosnian Serb official Radovan Karadzic gave up all political power.
In 1998 Nicholas II, the last Romanov czar, was buried in Russia for 80 years.
In 1998 after he and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.
In 1998 A 23-foot tidal wave killed nearly 3,000 along the coast of Papua, New Guinea.
In 2000 Republican Senator Paul Coverdell of Georgia died of a stroke.
In 2002 ConAgra Beef Co. of Colorado asked 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 crashed into Mount Kenya, killing all 12 American tourists and the two South African pilots on board.
In 2004 Former Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki died at age 93.


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