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7/7/2020 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - July 7

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Today in History in 1668 Isaac Newton receives MA from Trinity College, Cambridge; in 1846 the United States annexed California; and in 1958 President Eisenhower signed a bill approving Alaskan statehood.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1520 - Battle of Otumba Mexico: Hernán Cortés and the Tlaxcalans defeat a numerically superior Aztec force
  • 1668 - Isaac Newton receives MA from Trinity College, Cambridge
  • 1713 - 1st performance of George F Handel's "Te Deum" & "Jubilate"
  • 1753 - British Museum founded by an Act of Parliament (opens in 1759)
  • 1802 - 1st comic book "The Wasp" is published
  • 1846 - US annexs California
  • 1908 - The Democratic Party meets in Denver at the start of their convention; William Jennings Bryan is nominated as presidential nominee
  • 1937 - Japanese & Chinese troops clash, (Marco Polo Bridge), beginning of Second Sino-Japanese War
  • 1947 - Alleged and disputed Roswell UFO incident.
  • 1958 - President Eisenhower signed a bill approving Alaskan statehood
  • 1958 - William Shea outlines plans for a $12M stadium at Flushing Meadows NY
  • 1977 - "The Spy Who Loved Me", 10th James Bond film starring Roger Moore and Barbara Bach, premieres in London
  • 1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor nominated for the Supreme Court
  • 1996 - Nelson Mandela steps down as President of South Africa
  • 2005 - Coordinated terrorist bomb blasts strike London's public transport system during the morning rush hour killing 52 and injuring 700
  • 2005 - Influenced by Live 8, the G8 leaders pledge to double 2004 levels of aid to Africa from US$25 to US$50 billion by the year 2010.
  • 2011 - "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2", the last Harry Potter film, premieres in London

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1843 - Camillo Golgi, Corteno, Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia, Austrian Empire, Italian physician and medical researcher (Nobel Prize in Medicine-1906), (d. 1926)
  • 1851 - Lillien Jane Martin, psychologist, found gerontology clinic
  • 1927 - Doc Severinson, [Carl], Arlington Oregon, bandleader/trumpeter on the Tonight Show
  • 1940 - Ringo Starr, [Richard Starkey], Beatles drummer (Magic Christian), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1949 - Shelley Duvall, actress (Popeye, Faery Tale Theater), born in Houston, Texas

Famous Weddings

  • 1932 - Author Damon Runyon (51) weds Patrice Amati del Grande
  • 1946 - 39th US President Jimmy Carter (21) weds Rosalynn Smith (18) in Plains, Georgia
  • 1970 - Actress Shelley Duvall (21) weds Bernard Sampson
  • 1976 - NFL running back Walter Payton (21) weds Connie Norwood in Los Angeles, California
  • 1976 - NBA guard George Gervin (24) weds Joyce King
  • 1977 - "American Bandstand" TV host Dick Clark (47) weds Kari Wigton (34) in Malibu, California
  • 1984 - Singer Frankie Valli (50) marries Randy Clohessy (24)
  • 1986 - US actress Deborah Hunter marries actor Michael Tylo
  • 1987 - "The Bold and the Beautiful" actress Hunter Tylo (25) weds actor Michael Tylo (38)
  • 2001 - "Charlie's Angels" star Drew Barrymore (26) weds actor-comedian Tom Green (29) in Malibu
  • 2006 - "Extreme Makeover" Bill Dorfman (47) weds former contestant on "The Apprentice" and beauty queen Jennifer Murphy (27) at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California
  • 2006 - Three-time "Survivor" contestant Stephanie LaGrossa (26) weds Michael Ward in Seaside Heights, New Jersey
  • 2006 - Anchor and Skating with Celebrities runner-up Jillian Barberie (39) weds actor Grant Reynolds (33) in Tarzana, California
  • 2007 - Actress and model Eva Longoria (37) weds NBA player Tony Parker (30) at The Church of Saint Germain l'Auxerrois in Paris, France
  • 2007 - Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck (38) weds handbag designer Gelila Assefa (38) in a three-day celebration on the Italian island of Capri
  • 2012 - "The Office" Ellie Kemper (32) weds former "Conan O'Brien" writer Michael Koman at the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in New York City
  • 2012 - Documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux (42) weds TV director Nancy Strang (37)

Famous Divorces

  • 1943 - Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (48) divorces broadway singer Hannah Williams (32) after 10 years of marriage
  • 1994 - Actress Diane Lane files for divorce from Christopher Lambert
  • 2008 - Cynthia Rodriguez (35) divorces New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (32) due to long period of infidelity and emotional abandonment after 6 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1307 - Edward I, King of England (1272-1307), dies at 68
  • 1771 - Thomas Gray, English poet (Elegy), dies at 54
  • 1930 - Arthur Conan Doyle, British writer (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 71
  • 1967 - Vivian Leigh, actress (Scarlet-Gone with the Wind), dies at 53
  • 1983 - George Cukor, director (My Fair Lady), dies on 84th birthday

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