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On July seventh, 1865, four people
were hanged in Washington DC for conspiring with John
Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Lincoln.
On this date:
In 1846, US annexation of California was
proclaimed at Monterey after the surrender of a
In 1896, the
Democratic national convention opened in Chicago.
In 1898, the
United States annexed Hawaii.
construction began on Boulder Dam (later Hoover
In 1949, the
police drama "Dragnet," starring Jack
Webb and Barton Yarborough, premiered on NBC
In 1954, Elvis
Presley made his radio debut as Memphis,
Tennessee, station WHBQ played his first
recording for Sun Records, "That's All Right
In 1958, President
Eisenhower signed the Alaska statehood bill.
In 1969, Canada's
House of Commons gave final approval to a measure
making the French language equal to English
throughout the national government.
In 1981, President
Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge
Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female
justice on the U-S Supreme Court.
eleven-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester,
Maine, left for a visit to the Soviet Union at
the personal invitation of Soviet leader Yuri V.
Ten years ago:
President Bush welcomed fellow leaders of the
Group of Seven countries, who were gathering in
Houston for their 16th annual economic summit.
Martina Navratilova captured a record-breaking
ninth women's title at Wimbledon, outplaying Zina
Garrison, 6-4, 6-1.
Five years ago:
The space shuttle "Atlantis" landed at
Cape Canaveral, Florida, bringing back American
astronaut Norman Thagard, who'd spent three and
a-half months aboard the Russian space station
One year ago: In
the first class-action lawsuit by smokers to go
to trial, a jury in Miami held cigarette makers
liable for making a defective product that causes
emphysema, lung cancer and other illnesses.
President Clinton became the first president
since Franklin D. Roosevelt to visit an Indian
reservation as he toured the Pine Ridge Indian
Reservation in South Dakota.
"There is no escape
-- man drags man down, or man lifts man up."
Attributed to Booker T. Washington, American
educator and author (1856-1915).