Today in History: July 7, Cadets at West Point | Military
Today in History
Today is Thursday, July 7, the 188th day of 2022. There are 177 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On July 7, 1976, the United States Military Academy at West Point included female cadets for the first time as 119 women joined the class of 1980.
To this date :
In 1846, the American annexation of California was proclaimed in Monterey (mahn-tuh-RAY’) after the surrender of a Mexican garrison.
In 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C. for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln: Lewis Powell (aka Lewis Payne), David Herold, George Atzerodt, and Mary Surratt, the first woman to be executed by the federal government.
In 1898, the United States annexed Hawaii.
In 1930 construction began on Boulder Dam (later Hoover Dam).
In 1946, 21-year-old Jimmy Carter married 18-year-old Rosalynn (ROH’-zuh-lihn) Smith in Plains, Georgia.
In 1948, six female U.S. Navy reservists became the first women to be sworn into the regular navy.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan announced that he was nominating Arizona Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice of the United States Supreme Court.
In 1990, the first concert of the “Three Tenors” took place as opera stars Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras performed amid the brick ruins of the Baths of Caracalla in Rome on the eve of the Championship of world Cup.
In 2005, terrorist bombings at three Tube stations and a double-decker bus killed 52 and killed four suicide bombers in the worst attack on London since World War II.
In 2010, Los Angeles police charged Lonnie Franklin Jr. in the city’s “Grim Sleeper” serial murders. (Franklin, who was sentenced to death for the murders of nine women and a teenage girl, died in prison in March 2020 at the age of 67.)
In 2013 Andy Murray became the first Briton in 77 years to win the Wimbledon title, beating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in the final.
In 2016, Micah Johnson, a Black Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, opened fire on Dallas police, killing five officers in an act of revenge for police shootings of black men; the attack ended in Johnson’s death by a bomb thrown by a police robot.
Ten years ago: Cheering Libyans chose a new parliament in their first national vote in decades. The Obama administration has declared Afghanistan to be the United States’ newest “major non-NATO ally”. Serena Williams defeated Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH’-kuh rahd-VAHN’-skuh) of Poland 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 to claim a fifth Wimbledon singles championship; about five hours later, she and her sister Venus were back on center court to win the doubles final.
Five years ago: Islamic militants attacked a remote Egyptian army outpost in the Sinai Peninsula with a car bomb and heavy machine gun fire, killing at least 23 soldiers in the deadliest attack in the turbulent region in two years. A federal appeals court has rejected Hawaii’s attempt to challenge Trump administration rules for a travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority countries, saying it lacks jurisdiction to settle the issue.
A year ago: A squad of gunmen assassinated Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and injured his wife in a nighttime raid on their home. (More than 40 suspects have been arrested, including at least 18 Colombian soldiers and 20 Haitian police.) Former President Donald Trump has sued Google’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, claiming he and other conservatives were wrongfully censored . A federal judge has ruled that the Air Force was primarily responsible for an ex-serviceman’s murder of more than two dozen people at a Texas church in 2017 because it failed to submit his criminal history in a database, which should have prevented him from buying guns. The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive season, beating the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 to close the series four games to one.
Today’s birthdays: musician-conductor Doc Severinsen turns 95. Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough is 89. Rock star Ringo Starr is 82 years old. Comedian Bill Oddie is 81 years old. Singer-musician Warren Entner (The Grass Roots) is 79 years old. Actor Joe Spano is 76 years old. Pop singer David Hodo (The Village People) is 75 years old. Country singer Linda Williams is 75. Actor Shelley Duvall is 73 years old. Actor Roz Ryan is 71 years old. Actor Billy Campbell is 63 years old. Rock musician Mark White (Spin Doctors) is 60 years old. Singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard is 59 years old. Actor-comedian Jim Gaffigan is 56 years old. R&B musician Ricky Kinchen (mint condition) is 56 years old. Actor Amy Carlson is 54 years old. Actor Jorja Fox is 54 years old. Actor Cree Summer is 53 years old. 53. Actor Kirsten Vangsness is 50 years old. Actor Troy Garity is 49 years old. Actor Berenice Bejo (BEH’-ruh-nees BAY’-hoh) is 46 years old. Actor Hamish Linklater is 46 years old. Olympic silver and bronze medal figure skater Michelle Kwan is 42 years old. Rapper Cassidy is 40 years old. Country singer Gabbie Nolen is 40 years old. Actor Ross Malinger is 38 years old. Actor-comedian Luke Null (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 32 years old. Pop singer Ally Hernandez (Fifth Harmony) (TV: “The X Factor”) is 29 years old. Pop musician Ashton Irwin (5 Seconds to Summer) is 28 years old. Country singer Maddie Font (Maddie and Tae) is 27.
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