Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Today in History: Wednesday, July 08, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On July 8, 1839, American oilman John D. Rockefeller was born in Richford, N.Y.
 
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On this date in:
1663King Charles II of England granted a charter to Rhode Island.
1776Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence to a crowd gathered at Independence Square in Philadelphia.
1853An expedition led by Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Yedo Bay, Japan, on a mission to seek diplomatic and trade relations with the Japanese.
1889The Wall Street Journal was first published.
1891Warren G. Harding married Florence K. DeWolfe in Marion, Ohio.
1907Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first "Follies," on the roof of the New York Theater in New York City.
1919President Woodrow Wilson received a tumultuous welcome in New York City after his return from the Versailles Peace Conference in France.
1950Gen. Douglas MacArthur was named commander-in-chief of United Nations forces in Korea.
1986Kurt Waldheim was inaugurated as president of Austria despite controversy over his alleged ties to Nazi war crimes.
1994Kim Il Sung, North Korea's communist leader since 1948, died at age 82.
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2004Enron founder and former chairman Kenneth Lay pleaded innocent to charges related to the energy company's collapse. (He was convicted, but died while the case was on appeal.)
2010During an ESPN prime-time special, basketball free agent LeBron James announced he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat.
2011Former first lady Betty Ford died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at age 93.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Billy Crudup turns 47 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
John DingellU S. representative, D-Mich.89
Steve LawrenceSinger80
Phil GrammFormer U.S. senator, R-Texas73
Jeffrey TamborActor ("Arrested Development")71
Kim DarbyActress68
Anjelica HustonActress64
Jack LambertFootball Hall of Famer63
Anna QuindlenWriter63
Kevin BaconActor57
Toby KeithCountry singer54
Rob BurnettWriter, producer53
Joan OsborneRock singer53
BeckRock musician45
Milo VentimigliaActor ("Heroes")38
Jamie CookRock musician (Arctic Monkeys)30
Jaden SmithActor ("The Pursuit of Happyness")17
Actress Sophia Bush ("One Tree Hill") turns 33 years old today.
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