Friday, July 11, 2014

Today in History: Friday, July 11, 2014

AP Highlight in History: 
On July 11, 2006, eight bombs hit the commuter rail network during evening rush hour in Mumbai, India, killing more than 200 people.
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On this date in:
1533England's King Henry VIII was excommunicated.
1767John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, was born in Braintree, Mass.
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1798The U.S. Marine Corps was created by an act of Congress.
1804Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel near Weehawken, N.J.
1859Big Ben, the great bell inside the famous London clock tower, chimed for the first time.
1914Baseball Hall of Famer Babe Ruth made his major league debut as a pitcher for the Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston.
1952The Republican National Convention, meeting in Chicago, nominated Dwight D. Eisenhower for president and Richard M. Nixon for vice president.
1955The Air Force Academy was dedicated at Lowry Air Base in Colorado.
1960"To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, was published.
1977The Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a White House ceremony.
1979The abandoned U.S. space station Skylab returned to Earth, burning up in the atmosphere and showering debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia.
1995The United States normalized relations with Vietnam.
2007Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson died in Austin, Texas, at age 94.
Today's Birthdays:
Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki turns 24 years old today.
AP Photo/Yves Logghe
Tab HunterActor83
Jay JohnsonVentriliquist, actor ("Soap")65
Leon SpinksBoxer61
Richie SamboraRock musician (Bon Jovi)55
Suzanne VegaSinger55
Lisa RinnaActress, TV host51
Greg GrunbergActor ("Heroes")48
Jeff CorwinWildlife expert47
Justin ChambersActor ("Grey's Anatomy")44
Lil' KimRapper39
Ben GibbardRock singer, musician (Death Cab for Cutie)38
Actress Sela Ward ("Once and Again," "Sisters") turns 58 years old today.
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