Thursday, July 9, 2015

Today in History: Thursday, July 09, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On July 9, 1947, the engagement of Britain's Princess Elizabeth, the future queen, to Lt. Philip Mountbatten was announced.
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On this date in:
1776The Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington's troops in New York.
1816Argentina declared independence from Spain.
1850Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States, died in Washington, D.C., after serving only 16 months in office.
1896William Jennings Bryan denounced supporters of the gold standard with his "cross of gold" speech at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
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1974Former Chief Justice Earl Warren died at age 83.
1992Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton tapped Sen. Al Gore of Tennessee to be his running mate.
1995The rock band the Grateful Dead played their last concert, at Soldier Field in Chicago, after a 30-year run, much of it spent on the road. (Lead guitarist Jerry Garcia died the following month.)
1997Boxer Mike Tyson was banned from the ring and fined $3 million for biting opponent Evander Holyfield's ear.
2002The baseball All-Star game in Milwaukee finished in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings when both teams ran out of pitchers.
2004A Senate Intelligence Committee report concluded the CIA had provided unfounded assessments of the threat posed by Iraq that the Bush administration relied on to justify going to war.
2011South Sudan became the world's newest nation, officially breaking away from Sudan after two civil wars over five decades that had cost millions of lives.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Tom Hanks turns 59 years old today.
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Ed AmesActor, singer88
Donald RumsfeldFormer defense secretary83
Brian DennehyActor77
Richard RoundtreeActor73
Dean KoontzAuthor70
O.J. SimpsonFootball Hall of Famer68
John TeshMusician, TV personality63
Kevin O’LearyBusinessman, TV personality ("Shark Tank")61
Jimmy SmitsActor60
Lindsey GrahamU.S. senator, R-S.C.60
Kelly McGillisActress58
Jim KerrRock singer (Simple Minds)56
Courtney LoveRock singer51
Scott GrimesActor44
Enrique MurcianoActor ("Without a Trace")42
Jack WhiteRock musician (The White Stripes)40
Fred SavageActor ("The Wonder Years")39
Actor Chris Cooper turns 64 years old today.
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