Sunday, July 12, 2015

Today in History: Sunday, July 12, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale named New York Congresswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro his running mate, making her the first woman to run on a major party ticket.
Audio LinkWalter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro
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On this date in:
100 B.C.Julius Caesar was born in Rome.
1543England's King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.
1690Protestant forces led by William of Orange defeated the Roman Catholic army of James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland.
1862Congress authorized the Medal of Honor.
1895Broadway lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II was born in New York City.
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1908Comedian Milton Berle was born Mendel Berlinger in New York City.
1972George McGovern won the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Miami Beach.
2001Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant tortured in a New York City police station, agreed to an $8.7 million settlement.
2005Prince Albert II of Monaco acceded to the throne.
2006Hezbollah guerrillas kidnapped two Israeli soldiers and killed eight others in a cross-border raid; Israel sent ground troops into Lebanon in response.
2010Roman Polanski was declared a free man, no longer confined to house arrest in his Alpine villa, after Swiss authorities rejected a U.S. request for the Oscar-winning director's extradition because of a 32-year-old sex conviction.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor-comedian Bill Cosby turns 78 years old today.
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Christine McVieRock singer, musician (Fleetwood Mac)72
Walter EganSinger67
Richard SimmonsFitness guru67
Jay ThomasActor67
Brian GrazerProducer64
Cheryl LaddActress ("Charlie's Angels")64
Mel HarrisActress59
Lisa Nicole CarsonActress ("Ally McBeal")46
Kristi YamaguchiFigure skater44
Anna FrielActress39
Topher GraceActor ("That 70's Show")37
Erik Per SullivanActor ("Malcom in the Middle")24
Actress Michelle Rodriguez ("Avatar," "Lost") turns 37 years old today.
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