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2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 14

Today is Monday, July 14, the 195th day of 2014. There are 170 days left in the year.


Thought for Today:

“A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.“ — Joseph Addison, English essayist and poet (1672-1719).


Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 14, 1789, in an event symbolizing the start of the French Revolution, citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille prison and released the seven prisoners inside.


On this date:

In 1881, outlaw William H. Bonney Jr., alias “Billy the Kid,“ was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner in present-day New Mexico.

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In 1913, Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr., the 38th president of the United States, was born Leslie Lynch King Jr. in Omaha, Neb.

In 1914, scientist Robert H. Goddard received a U.S. patent for a liquid-fueled rocket apparatus.

In 1921, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted in Dedham, Massachusetts, of murdering a shoe company paymaster and his guard. (Sacco and Vanzetti were executed six years later.)

In 1933, all German political parties, except the Nazi Party, were outlawed. Cartoon character Popeye the Sailor made his movie debut in the Fleischer Studios animated short, “Popeye the Sailor.“

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure providing funds for a national monument honoring scientist George Washington Carver; the monument was built at Carver’s birthplace near Diamond, Missouri.

In 1958, the army of Iraq overthrew the monarchy.

In 1964, in a speech to the Republican national convention in San Francisco, New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller was booed by supporters of Barry Goldwater as he called on the GOP to denounce political extremists.

In 1966, eight student nurses were murdered by Richard Speck in a Chicago dormitory.

In 1976, Jimmy Carter won the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s convention in New York.

in 1980, the Republican national convention opened in Detroit, where nominee-apparent Ronald Reagan told a welcoming rally he and his supporters were determined to “make America great again.“

In 1999, race-based school busing in Boston came to an end after 25 years.


Ten years ago:

The Senate scuttled a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. (Forty-eight senators voted to advance the measure — 12 short of the 60 needed — and 50 voted to block it).

In Iraq, a suicide attacker detonated a massive car bomb at a checkpoint near the British Embassy and the interim government’s headquarters in Baghdad, killing 11 people; the governor of Nineveh province was killed in an attack on his convoy.


Five years ago:

At her Senate confirmation hearing, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor pushed back vigorously against Republican charges that she would bring bias and a liberal agenda to the nation’s highest bench.

Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff arrived at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina to begin serving a 150-year sentence for his massive Ponzi scheme.

The American League continued its dominance over the National League with a 4-3 win in the All-Star game at new Busch Stadium in St. Louis.


One year ago:

Thousands of demonstrators across the country protested a Florida jury’s decision the day before to clear George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN’-geh-lah MEHR’-kuhl), in a TV interview, called for tougher European and global rules on data protection amid fallout from recent revelations about U.S. surveillance programs.


Today’s Birthdays:

Actor Harry Dean Stanton is 88

Actress Nancy Olson is 86

Actress Polly Bergen is 84

Former football player and actor Rosey Grier is 82

Actor Vincent Pastore is 68

Former music company executive Tommy Mottola (muh-TOH’-luh) is 65

Rock musician Chris Cross (Ultravox) is 62

Actor Jerry Houser is 62

Actor-director Eric Laneuville is 62

Actor Stan Shaw is 62

Movie producer Scott Rudin is 56

Singer-guitarist Kyle Gass is 54

Country musician Ray Herndon (McBride and the Ride) is 54

Actress Jane Lynch is 54

Actor Jackie Earle Haley is 53

Actor Matthew Fox is 48

Rock musician Ellen Reid (Crash Test Dummies) is 48

Rock singer-musician Tanya Donelly is 48

Actress Missy Gold is 44

Olympic gold medal snowboarder Ross Rebagliati is 43

Rhythm-and-blues singer Tameka Cottle (Xscape) is 39

Country singer Jamey Johnson is 39

Hip-hop musician taboo (Black Eyed Peas) is 39

Actor Scott Porter is 35

Flashback: What Happened on July 13, ....

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•  1887 Trustees of the Methodist Conference chose Buckhannon, Upshur County, as the site of its Conference Seminary. This later became West Virginia Wesleyan College.

•  1948 UMW coal miners went on strike at the DuPont plant at Belle, Kanawha County.

•  1984 Two striking employees were hit by automobiles while marching on the picket line at the Heartland Nursing Home in Beckley (Raleigh County).

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 13

Today is Sunday, July 13, the 194th day of 2014. There are 171 days left in the year.


Thought for Today:

“In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People.“ — Eugene V. Debs, American labor activist (1855-1926).


Today’s Highlight in History:

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On July 13, 1939, Frank Sinatra made his first commercial recording, “From the Bottom of My Heart” and “Melancholy Mood,“ with Harry James and his Orchestra for the Brunswick label.


On this date:

In 1787, the Congress of the Confederation adopted the Northwest Ordinance, which established a government in the Northwest Territory, an area corresponding to the present-day Midwest and Upper Midwest.

In 1793, French revolutionary writer Jean-Paul Marat was stabbed to death in his bath by Charlotte Corday, who was executed four days later.

In 1863, deadly rioting against the Civil War military draft erupted in New York City. (The insurrection was put down three days later.)

In 1923, a sign consisting of 50-foot-tall letters spelling out “HOLLYWOODLAND” was dedicated in the Hollywood Hills to promote a subdivision (the last four letters were removed in 1949).

In 1960, John F. Kennedy won the Democratic presidential nomination on the first ballot at his party’s convention in Los Angeles.

In 1972, George McGovern received the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Miami Beach.

In 1973, former presidential aide Alexander P. Butterfield revealed to Senate Watergate Committee staff members the existence of President Richard Nixon’s secret White House taping system. (Butterfield’s public revelation came three days later.)

In 1974, the Senate Watergate Committee proposed sweeping reforms in an effort to prevent another Watergate scandal.

In 1977, a blackout lasting 25 hours hit the New York City area.

In 1978, Lee Iacocca was fired as president of Ford Motor Co. by chairman Henry Ford II.

In 1985, “Live Aid,“ an international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, took place to raise money for Africa’s starving people.

In 1999, Angel Maturino Resendiz, suspected of being the “Railroad Killer,“ surrendered in El Paso, Texas. (Resendiz was executed in 2006.) Stanley Kubrick’s final film, “Eyes Wide Shut” starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, had its premiere in Los Angeles. (The movie opened in wide release three days later.)


Ten years ago:

A confidant of Osama bin Laden (Khaled bin Ouda bin Mohammed al-Harbi) surrendered to Saudi diplomats in Iran and was flown to Saudi Arabia.

The American League cruised past the National League 9-4 in the All-Star game at Minute Maid Park in Houston.


Five years ago:

Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic Supreme Court nominee in history, vowed loyalty to “the impartiality of our justice system” at the start of her Senate confirmation hearing.

President Barack Obama, back from his overseas trip, stepped forcefully back into the health care debate as he presented his nominee for surgeon general, Dr. Regina Benjamin.


One year ago:

A jury in Sanford, Florida, cleared neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

Tim Lincecum threw the second no-hitter in 11 days as the San Francisco Giants defeated the last-place San Diego Padres 9-0. Actor Cory Monteith, who’d shot to fame in the hit TV series “Glee” but was beset by addiction struggles, was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; he was 31.

Attorney Leonard Garment, 89, a friend and adviser to President Richard Nixon, died in New York.


Today’s Birthdays:

Actor Patrick Stewart is 74

Actor Robert Forster is 73

Actor Harrison Ford is 72

Singer-guitarist Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) is 72

Actor-comedian Cheech Marin is 68

Actress Daphne Maxwell Reid is 66

Actress Didi Conn is 63

Singer Louise Mandrell is 60

Actor-director Cameron Crowe is 57

Tennis player Anders Jarryd is 53

Rock musician Gonzalo Martinez De La Cotera (Marcy Playground) is 52

Actor Michael Jace is 52

Comedian Tom Kenny (TV: “SpongeBob SquarePants”) is 52

Country singer-songwriter Victoria Shaw is 52

Bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent is 52

Actor Kenny Johnson is 51

Country singer Neil Thrasher is 49

Singer Deborah Cox is 41

Actress Ashley Scott is 37

Rock musician Will Champion (Coldplay) is 36

Actor Fran Kranz is 33

Actor Colton Haynes is 26

Actor Steven R. McQueen is 26

Flashback: What Happened on July 12, ....

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•  1941 Governor Neely prohibited the “beating of inmates” at the West Virginia Industrial School for Boys at Pruntytown. Shortly before the announcement, Governor Neely had confiscated several whips during a surprise visit to Pruntytown. To improve conditions, he appointed future United States Representative from West Virginia Robert Mollohan as the new superintendent.

•  1984 Employees went on strike at the Heartland Nursing Home in Beckley (Raleigh County), protesting a proposed cut in wages and benefits. Violence occurred numerous times during the fifteen-day strike, with several strikers hit by automobiles.

•  1985 Former UMW president Arnold Miller died of cancer and was buried in the Montgomery cemetery at London, Kanawha County.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 12

Today is Saturday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2014. There are 172 days left in the year.


Thought for Today:

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“The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that they are not mended again.“ — Alan Paton, South African author (1903-1988).


Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket.


On this date:

In 1543, England’s King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.

In 1690, forces led by William of Orange defeated the army of James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland.

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill authorizing the Medal of Honor.

In 1909, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, allowing a federal income tax, and submitted it to the states. (It was declared ratified in February 1913.)

In 1943, the World War II tank battle of Prokhorovka between German invaders and Soviet defenders took place with no clear victor.

In 1948, the Democratic National Convention, which nominated President Harry S. Truman for a second term of office, opened in Philadelphia.

In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was flown by helicopter from the White House to a secret mountaintop location as part of a drill involving a mock nuclear attack on Washington.

In 1967, six days of race-related rioting erupted in Newark, New Jersey; the violence claimed 26 lives.

In 1974, President Richard Nixon signed a measure creating the Congressional Budget Office. Former White House aide John Ehrlichman and three others were convicted of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Daniel Ellsberg’s former psychiatrist.

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter defended Supreme Court limits on government payments for poor women’s abortions, saying, “There are many things in life that are not fair.“

In 1988, Democratic presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis tapped Sen. Lloyd Bentsen of Texas as his running mate.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton, visiting Germany, went to the eastern sector of Berlin, the first president to do so since Harry Truman.


Ten years ago:

President George W. Bush defended the Iraq war during a visit to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, saying the invasion had made America safer.

Wall Street brokerage Morgan Stanley settled a sex discrimination suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, agreeing to pay $54 million.


Five years ago:

Rebels in Nigeria set fire to an oil depot and loading tankers in Lagos, killing five people in the group’s first attack outside the Delta region.

Eun Hee Ji of South Korea made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole, finishing off an even-par 71 to win the U.S. Women’s Open.


One year ago:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced her resignation.

A train carrying hundreds of passengers derailed and crashed outside Paris; at least six people were killed and dozens injured.

NSA leaker Edward Snowden emerged from weeks of hiding in a Moscow airport, meeting with Russian officials and rights activists.

The Texas Senate passed sweeping new abortion restrictions, sending them to Gov. Rick Perry to sign into law after weeks of protests and rallies that drew thousands of people to the Capitol.


Today’s Birthdays:

Movie director Monte Hellman is 85

Comedian Bill Cosby is 77

Singer-musician Christine McVie is 71

Actress Denise Nicholas is 70

Singer-songwriter Butch Hancock is 69

Fitness guru Richard Simmons is 66

Actor Jay Thomas is 66

Singer Walter Egan is 66

Writer-producer Brian Grazer is 63

Actress Cheryl Ladd is 63

Country singer Julie Miller is 58

Gospel singer Sandi Patty is 58

Actress Mel Harris is 58

Actor Buddy Foster is 57

Rock guitarist Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum) is 52

Actress Judi Evans is 50

Rock singer Robin Wilson (Gin Blossoms) is 49

Actress Lisa Nicole Carson is 45

Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi is 43

Country singer Shannon Lawson is 41

Rapper Magoo is 41

Actress Anna Friel is 38

Rhythm-and-blues singer Tracie Spencer is 38

Actor Steve Howey is 37

Actor Topher Grace is 36

Actress Michelle Rodriguez is 36

Country singer-musician Kimberly Perry (The Band Perry) is 31

Actress Natalie Martinez is 30

Golfer Inbee Park is 26

Actor Erik Per Sullivan is 23

Olympic gold medal gymnast Jordyn Wieber is 19

Flashback: What Happened on July 11, ....

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•  1867 West Virginia governor John J. Cornwell was born in Ritchie County.

•  1935 WPAR radio went on the air, the first radio station in Parkersburg. The call letters were later changed to WIKS.

•  1978 The West Virginia Board of Regents approved plans for the new Mountaineer Field at West Virginia University in Morgantown (Monongalia County). The legislature had appropriated $20 million in 1977 for construction of a new football stadium.

•  1990 Former Governor Arch A.Moore, Jr. is sentenced by Federal district judge to five years and ten months in prison and a $170,000 fine for a variety of corrupt practices both in and out of office.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 11

Today is Friday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2014. There are 173 days left in the year.


Thought for Today:

“Don’t waste your time striving for perfection, instead, strive for excellence — doing your best.“ — Laurence Olivier (1907-1989).


Today’s Highlight in History:

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On July 11, 1914, Babe Ruth made his Major League baseball debut, pitching the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over Cleveland.


On this date:

In 1767, John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, was born in Braintree, Massachusetts.

In 1798, the U.S. Marine Corps was formally re-established by a congressional act that also created the U.S. Marine Band.

In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a pistol duel in Weehawken, New Jersey.

In 1864, Confederate forces led by Lt. Gen. Jubal Early began an abortive invasion of Washington, turning back the next day.

In 1922, the Hollywood Bowl officially opened with a program called “Symphonies Under the Stars” with Alfred Hertz conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first incumbent chief executive to travel through the Panama Canal.

In 1937, American composer and pianist George Gershwin died at a Los Angeles hospital of a brain tumor; he was 38.

In 1952, the Republican National Convention, meeting in Chicago, nominated Dwight D. Eisenhower for president and Richard M. Nixon for vice president.

In 1960, the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee was first published by J.B. Lippincott and Co.

In 1974, the House Judiciary Committee released volumes of evidence it had gathered in its Watergate inquiry.

In 1979, the abandoned U.S. space station Skylab made a spectacular return to Earth, burning up in the atmosphere and showering debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia.

In 1989, actor and director Laurence Olivier died in Steyning, West Sussex, England, at age 82.


Ten years ago:

Japan’s largest opposition party experienced strong gains in upper house elections, while Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and his Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling bloc held on to a majority.

The International AIDS Conference opened in Bangkok, Thailand, with U.N. chief Kofi Annan challenging world leaders to do more to combat the raging global epidemic.

Joe Gold, the founder of the original Gold’s Gym in 1965, died in Los Angeles at age 82.


Five years ago:

During a visit to sub-Saharan Africa, President Barack Obama addressed Ghana’s Parliament, where he challenged the continent of his ancestors to shed corruption and conflict in favor of peace.

Funeral services were held in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for former NFL star Steve McNair, who had been shot to death in Nashville a week earlier by Sahel Kazemi (sah-HEHL’ kah-ZEE’-mee), who then took her own life.


One year ago:

In a potential setback for George Zimmerman, the jury at the neighborhood watch captain’s second-degree murder trial in Sanford, Florida, was given the option of convicting him on the lesser charge of manslaughter in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Zimmerman ended up being acquitted of all charges.)

Tens of thousands of workers across Brazil walked off their jobs in a mostly peaceful nationwide strike, demanding better working conditions and improved public services in Latin America’s largest nation.


Today’s Birthdays:

Actor Tab Hunter is 83

Actress Susan Seaforth Hayes is 71

Singer Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 67

Ventriloquist-actor Jay Johnson is 65

Actor Bruce McGill is 64

Singer Bonnie Pointer is 64

Actor Stephen Lang is 62

Actress Mindy Sterling is 61

Boxer Leon Spinks is 61

Actress Sela Ward is 58

Reggae singer Michael Rose (Black Uhuru) is 57

Singer Peter Murphy is 57

Actor Mark Lester is 56

Jazz musician Kirk Whalum is 56

Singer Suzanne Vega is 55

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) is 55

Actress Lisa Rinna is 51

Rock musician Scott Shriner (Weezer) is 49

Actress Debbe (correct) Dunning is 48

Actor Gred Grunberg is 48

Wildlife expert Jeff Corwin is 47

Actor Justin Chambers is 44

Actress Leisha Hailey is 43

Actor Michael Rosenbaum is 42

Pop-rock singer Andrew Bird is 41

Country singer Scotty Emerick is 41

Rapper Lil’ Kim is 39

Rock singer Ben Gibbard is 38

Rapper Lil’ Zane is 32

Pop-jazz singer-musician Peter Cincotti is 31

Actress Serinda Swan (TV: “Graceland”) is 30

Actor Robert Adamson is 29

Actor David Henrie is 25

Actor Connor Paolo is 24

Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki is 24

Flashback: What Happened on July 10, ....

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•  1914 Silas Jones was executed by hanging at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville (Marshall County) for a murder committed in Cabell County.

•  1915 W. Guy Tetrick became publisher of the Clarksburg Exponent.

•  1917 The Jackson County Court ordered that county government offices be moved from the old courthouse to the I.O.O.F. building.

•  1932 Floods on Paint Creek and Armstrong Creek killed 13 Fayette County residents.

•  1973 The Kanawha Valley Regional Transport Authority announced it had received $8 million in local and federal funding to make improvements.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 10

Today is Thursday, July 10, the 191st day of 2014. There are 174 days left in the year.


Thought for Today:

“One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.“ — Malayan proverb.


Today’s Highlight in History:

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On July 10, 1999, the United States women’s soccer team won the World Cup, beating China 5-4 on penalty kicks after 120 minutes of scoreless play at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.


On this date:

In 1509, theologian John Calvin, a key figure of the Protestant Reformation, was born in Noyon, Picardy, France.

In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson personally delivered the Treaty of Versailles (vehr-SY’) to the Senate and urged its ratification. (However, the Senate rejected it.)

In 1929, American paper currency was reduced in size as the government began issuing bills that were approximately 25 percent smaller.

In 1940, during World War II, the Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces began attacking southern England by air. (The Royal Air Force was ultimately victorious.)

In 1951, armistice talks aimed at ending the Korean War began at Kaesong.

In 1962, AT&T’s Telstar 1 communications satellite, capable of relaying television signals and telephone calls, was launched by NASA from Cape Canaveral.

In 1973, the Bahamas became fully independent after three centuries of British colonial rule. John Paul Getty III, the teenage grandson of the oil tycoon, was abducted in Rome by kidnappers who cut off his ear when his family was slow to meet their ranson demands; young Getty was released in December 1973 for nearly $3 million.

In 1985, the Greenpeace protest ship Rainbow Warrior was sunk with explosives in Auckland, New Zealand, by French intelligence agents; one activist was killed. Bowing to pressure from irate customers, the Coca-Cola Co. said it would resume selling old-formula Coke, while continuing to sell New Coke.

In 1989, Mel Blanc, the “man of a thousand voices,“ including such cartoon characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig, died in Los Angeles at age 81.

In 1991, Boris N. Yeltsin took the oath of office as the first elected president of the Russian republic. President George H.W. Bush lifted economic sanctions against South Africa.

In 1994, in the first meeting of its kind, Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin joined leaders of the Group of Seven nations for political talks following their annual economic summit in Naples, Italy.


Ten years ago:

President George W. Bush said in his weekly radio address that legalizing gay marriage would redefine the most fundamental institution of civilization, and that a constitutional amendment was needed to protect traditional marriage.


Five years ago:

General Motors completed an unusually quick exit from bankruptcy protection with promises of making money and building cars people would be eager to buy.

Pope Benedict XVI stressed the Catholic church’s opposition to abortion and embryonic stem-cell research in his first meeting with President Barack Obama at the Vatican.

Embattled Illinois Sen. Roland Burris announced he would not run for a full term in 2010. Jonathan Sanchez pitched the majors’ first no-hitter of the season in San Francisco’s 8-0 win over the San Diego Padres.

British conductor Sir Edward Downes, 85, almost blind and growing deaf, and his terminally ill wife, Joan, 74, ended their lives together at an assisted suicide clinic in Zurich, Switzerland.


One year ago:

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) pleaded not guilty in the Boston Marathon bombing in a seven-minute proceeding that marked his first appearance in public since his capture in mid-April 2013.

In a first, the Navy succeeded in landing a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush, off the Virginia coast.

David Ortiz doubled in his first at-bat to become baseball’s career leader in hits as a designated hitter and hit a two-run homer an inning later, leading the Boston Red Sox to an 11-4 victory over Seattle.


Today’s Birthdays:

Former boxer Jake LaMotta is 93

Writer-producer Earl Hamner Jr. is 91

Former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins is 87

Actor William Smithers is 87

Broadway composer Jerry Herman is 83

Director Ivan Passer is 81

Actor Lawrence Pressman is 75

Singer Mavis Staples is 75

Actor Mills Watson is 74

Actor Robert Pine is 73

Rock musician Jerry Miller (Moby Grape) is 71

International Tennis Hall of Famer Virginia Wade is 69

Actor Ron Glass is 69

Actress Sue Lyon is 68

Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is 67

Rock musician Dave Smalley is 65

Country-folk singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler is 63

Rock singer Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys) is 60

Banjo player Bela Fleck is 56

Country musician Shaw Wilson (BR549) is 54

Country singer-songwriter Ken Mellons is 49

Rock musician Peter DiStefano (Porno for Pyros) is 49

Actor Gale Harold is 45

Country singer Gary LeVox (leh-VOH’) (Rascal Flatts) is 44

Actor Aaron D. Spears is 43

Actress Sofia Vergara is 42

Rockabilly singer Imelda May is 40

Actor Adrian Grenier (grehn-YAY’) is 38

Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (CHOO’-ih-tehl EHJ’-ee-oh-for) (Film: “12 Years a Slave”) is 37

Actress Gwendoline Yeo is 37

Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas is 34

Singer-actress Jessica Simpson is 34

Rock musician John Spiker is 33

Actress Heather Hemmens is 30

Pop singer Perrie Edwards (Little Mix) is 21

Flashback: What Happened on July 09, ....

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•  1915 Mat Jarrell was executed by hanging at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville (Marshall County) for a murder committed in Kanawha County.

•  1935 Attorneys Townshend, Bock, and Moore divided a $70,000 out-of-court settlement amongst the plaintiffs who sued the construction firm of Rinehart and Dennis for contracting silicosis. At least 476 workers, most migrant African-Americans, died from silicosis, caused from inhalation of silica rock particles under inadequate safety conditions during construction of the Hawks Nest Tunnel at Alloy, Fayette County, for the New-Kanawha Power Company, a subsidiary of the Union Carbide Corporation. Fifty years later, some studies placed the death toll as high as 764, making it the worst industrial disaster in United States history.

•  1936 The operations of the Electro Metallurgical Company, a division of Union Carbide, at Alloy, Fayette County, began operating on power received from the Hawks Nest Tunnel, dam, and hydro station.

•  1992 The last state-owned liquor store, located in Hamlin, Lincoln County, closed.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 09

Today is Wednesday, July 09, the 190th day of 2014. There are 175 days left in the year.


Thought for Today:

The Gilmer Free Press

“Quotations (such as have point and lack triteness) from the great old authors are an act of filial reverence on the part of the quoter, and a blessing to a public grown superficial and external.“ — Louise Imogen Guiney, American poet and essayist (1861-1920).


Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 09, 1944, during World War II, American forces secured Saipan as the last Japanese defenses fell.


On this date:

In 1540, England’s King Henry VIII had his 6-month-old marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, annulled.

In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington’s troops in New York.

In 1816, Argentina declared independence from Spain.

In 1850, the 12th president of the United States, Zachary Taylor, died after serving only 16 months of his term. (He was succeeded by Millard Fillmore.)

In 1896, William Jennings Bryan delivered his famous “cross of gold” speech at the Democratic national convention in Chicago.

In 1918, 101 people were killed in a train collision in Nashville, Tennessee. The Distinguished Service Cross was established by an Act of Congress.

In 1938, Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo died in Port Chester, New York, at age 68.

In 1943, during World War II, the Allies launched Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily.

In 1964, United Airlines Flight 823, a Vickers Viscount 745D, crashed in Tennessee during a flight from Philadelphia to Huntsville, Alabama, after a fire broke out on board; all 39 occupants were killed.

In 1974, former U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren died in Washington at age 83.

In 1986, the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography released the final draft of its report, which linked hard-core porn to sex crimes.

In 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton tapped Tennessee Sen. Al Gore to be his running mate. Former CBS News commentator Eric Sevareid died in Washington at age 79.


Ten years ago:

A Senate Intelligence Committee report concluded the CIA had provided unfounded assessments of the threat posed by Iraq that the Bush administration had relied on to justify going to war.

The International Court of Justice ruled that Israel’s planned security barrier in the West Bank violated international law (Israel disregarded the ruling and continued building the barrier).

Paul Klebnikov, the American editor of Forbes magazine’s Russian edition, was gunned down near his Moscow office.

Actress Isabel Sanford died in Los Angeles at age 86.


Five years ago:

The Group of Eight industrialized nations opened their summit in L’Aquila, Italy, to Group of Five developing countries Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa, as well as Egypt.

The Dutch government turned over dozens of antiquities stolen from Iraq to Baghdad’s ambassador.

Byrd and Melanie Billings, a wealthy couple in Escambia County, Florida, were murdered during a home invasion robbery (seven men were later convicted for their roles in the killings; one was sentenced to death as the ringleader).

Michael Phelps broke the then-world record in the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. national championships in Indianapolis, swimming the two-lap final in 50.22 seconds.


One year ago:

Egypt’s military-backed interim leader, Adly Mansour, named economist Hazem el-Beblawi as prime minister, ending days of political deadlock.

Francesco Schettino, the former captain of the luxury liner Costa Concordia, went on trial for the 2012 shipwreck off Giglio that claimed 32 lives.

A massive memorial service in Arizona honored 19 members of the Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots who died when a wind-fueled, out-of-control fire overran them.

Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan, were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame; they were joined in the class of 2013 by Geraldine Heaney, the third woman to be enshrined in the hall, and the late Fred Shero, the coach who’d led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup in 1974 and ‘75.


Today’s Birthdays:

Actor-singer Ed Ames is 87

Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is 82

Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks is 81

Actor James Hampton is 78

Actor Brian Dennehy is 76

Actor Richard Roundtree is 72

Author Dean Koontz is 69

Football Hall-of-Famer O.J. Simpson is 67

Actor Chris Cooper is 63

TV personality John Tesh is 62

Country singer David Ball is 61

Business executive/TV personality Kevin O’Leary (TV: “Shark Tank”) is 60

Rhythm-and-blues singer Debbie Sledge (Sister Sledge) is 60

Actor Jimmy Smits is 59

Actress Lisa Banes is 59

Actor Tom Hanks is 58

Singer Marc Almond is 57

Actress Kelly McGillis is 57

Rock singer Jim Kerr (Simple Minds) is 55

Actress-rock singer Courtney Love is 50

Rock musician Frank Bello (Anthrax) is 49

Actor David O’Hara is 49

Rock musician Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry) is 46

Actor Scott Grimes is 43

Actor Enrique Murciano is 41

Musician/producer Jack White is 39

Rock musician Dan Estrin (Hoobastank) is 38

Actor-director Fred Savage is 38

Country musician Pat Allingham is 36

Actress Megan Parlen is 34

Rhythm-and-blues singer Kiely Williams (3lw) is 28

Actor Mitchel (cq) Musso is 23

Actress Georgie Henley is 19

Flashback: What Happened on July 08, ....

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•  1755 A settlement at Drapers Meadows along the New River was attacked by Shawnee Indians; nearly all were killed or captured, including Mary Ingles, who authored a famous account of her captivity.

•  1886 The West Virginia Bar Association was organized in Grafton, Taylor County.

•  1942 One hundred and fifty-one German aviators left The Greenbrier at White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier County, the last of all foreign diplomats housed at the resort during World War Two.

•  1977 The State Board of Education ruled that all counties must provide free textbooks to needy children in order to comply with a federal ruling.

•  1992 A San Francisco, CA federal appeals court banned a fungicide made at the DuPont plant in Belle, Kanawha County, because of a possible link with cancer.

•  1992 Governor Caperton asked the United States Army Corps of Engineers to extend the public comment period for a month concerning toxic waste incineration near the proposed lock and dam in Eleanor, Putnam County.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 08

Today is Tuesday, July 08, the 189th day of 2014. There are 176 days left in the year.


Thought for Today:

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.“ — Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, poet and philosopher (1803-1882).


Today’s Highlight in History:

The Gilmer Free Press

On July 08, 1889, The Wall Street Journal was first published. (Price of a copy: two cents.)


On this date:

In 1663, King Charles II of England granted a Royal Charter to Rhode Island.

In 1776, Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, outside the State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia.

In 1853, an expedition led by Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Yedo Bay, Japan, on a mission to seek diplomatic and trade relations with the Japanese.

In 1907, Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first “Follies,“ on the roof of the New York Theater.

In 1914, jazz singer and bandleader Billy Eckstine was born in Pittsburgh.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson received a tumultuous welcome in New York City after his return from the Versailles (vehr-SY’) Peace Conference in France.

In 1947, demolition work began in New York City to make way for the new permanent headquarters of the United Nations.

In 1950, President Harry S. Truman named Gen. Douglas MacArthur commander-in-chief of United Nations forces in Korea. (Truman ended up sacking MacArthur for insubordination nine months later.)

In 1962, just after midnight local time, Alitalia Flight 771, a DC-8, crashed as it was approaching Bombay (Mumbai), India, killing all 94 people on board.

In 1972, the Nixon administration announced a deal to sell $750 million in grain to the Soviet Union. (However, the Soviets were also engaged in secretly buying subsidized American grain, resulting in what critics dubbed “The Great Grain Robbery.“)

In 1989, Carlos Saul Menem was inaugurated as president of Argentina in the country’s first transfer of power from one democratically elected civilian leader to another in six decades.

In 1994, Kim Il Sung, North Korea’s communist leader since 1948, died at age 82.


Ten years ago:

Adelphia Communications Corp. founder John Rigas and his son Timothy were convicted in New York of looting the cable company and deceiving investors. (John Rigas was sentenced to 12 years in prison; Timothy Rigas, 17.)

A Swedish appeals court threw out a life prison sentence for the convicted killer of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, ruling that Mijailo Mijailovic (mee-EYE’-loh mee-EYE’-luh-vich) should receive treatment for his “significant psychiatric problems.“ (The Swedish Supreme Court later overturned the ruling and gave Mijailovic life in prison; in a 2011 newspaper interview, Mijailovic said he had faked mental illness during his trial in an attempt to get a less severe sentence.)


Five years ago:

Group of Eight leaders, including President Barack Obama, pledged to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 as they met in L’Aquila, Italy. South Korea blamed North Korea for cyberattacks targeting its websites as well as those in the U.S.


One year ago:

Breaking their public silence, three women who’d been held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade issued a YouTube video; in it, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight thanked the public for the encouragement and financial support allowing them to restart their lives.


Today’s Birthdays:

Singer Steve Lawrence is 79

Actor Jeffrey Tambor is 70

Ballerina Cynthia Gregory is 68

Actress Kim Darby is 67

Children’s performer Raffi is 66

Actress Anjelica Huston is 63

Writer Anna Quindlen is 62

Actor Kevin Bacon is 56

Actor Robert Knepper is 55

Rock musician Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode) is 53

Country singer Toby Keith is 53

Rock musician Graham Jones (Haircut 100) is 53

Rock singer Joan Osborne is 52

Writer-producer Rob Burnett is 52

Actor Rocky Carroll is 51

Actor Corey Parker is 49

Actor Lee Tergesen is 49

Actor Billy Crudup is 46

Actor Michael Weatherly is 46

Singer Beck is 44

Country singer Drew Womack (Sons of the Desert) is 44

Actress Kathleen Robertson is 41

Christian rock musician Stephen Mason (Jars of Clay) is 39

Actor Milo Ventimiglia (MEE’-loh vehn-tih-MEEL’-yuh) is 37

Rock musician Tavis Werts is 37

Singer Ben Jelen (YEL’-in) is 35

Actor Lance Gross is 33

Actress Sophia Bush is 32

Rock musician Jamie Cook (Arctic Monkeys) is 29

Actor Jake McDorman is 28

Actor Jaden Smith is 16

Flashback: What Happened on July 07, ....

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•  1861 Union troops under Brigadier General T. A. Morris camped near Belington, Barbour County, prior to the Battle of Belington which began on the same day. Fighting continued between Belington and Laurel Hill until July 11. Also on July 7, the Battle of Rich Mountain, Randolph County, began, lasting until July 11. Along with a victory at Corrick’s Ford, Laurel Hill and Rich Mountain guaranteed the Union army of control of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

•  1864 After three days of fighting, Union troops forced Confederate troops from Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County.

•  1955 The North Ravenswood Woman’s Club was organized in Jackson County. It later became the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Ravenswood Civic Club.

•  1975 Former State Treasurer John H. Kelly pleaded guilty to federal indictments and was sentenced to five years in prison.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 07

Today is Monday, July 07, the 188th day of 2014. There are 177 days left in the year.


Thought for Today:

“It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women.” — Louisa May Alcott, American author (1832-1888).


Today’s Highlight in History:

The Gilmer Free Press

On July 07, 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C., for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.


On this date:

In 1846, U.S. annexation of California was proclaimed at Monterey (mahn-tuh-RAY’) after the surrender of a Mexican garrison.

In 1898, the United States annexed Hawaii.

In 1919, the first Transcontinental Motor Convoy, in which a U.S. Army convoy of motorized vehicles crossed the United States, departed Washington, D.C. (The trip ended in San Francisco on September 6, 1919.)

In 1937, the Second Sino-Japanese War erupted into full-scale conflict as Imperial Japanese forces attacked the Marco Polo Bridge in Beijing.

In 1941, U.S. forces took up positions in Iceland, Trinidad and British Guiana to forestall any Nazi invasion, even though the United States had not yet entered the Second World War.

In 1952, the Republican National Convention, which nominated Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower for president and Sen. Richard Nixon for vice president, opened in Chicago.

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 1964, the National League staged a come-from-behind ninth-inning victory as it defeated the American League 7-4 in the All-Star Game played at New York’s Shea Stadium.

In 1976, President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford hosted a White House dinner for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1983, 11-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, left for a visit to the Soviet Union at the personal invitation of Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov (ahn-DROH’-pawf).

In 1987, Lt. Col. Oliver North began his long-awaited public testimony at the Iran-Contra hearing, telling Congress that he had “never carried out a single act, not one,” without authorization.


Ten years ago:

Former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay was indicted on criminal charges related to the energy company’s collapse. (Lay was later convicted of fraud and conspiracy, but died in July 2006 before he could be sentenced.)

Jeff Smith, public television’s popular “Frugal Gourmet” until a sex scandal ruined his career, died at age 65.


Five years ago:

Some 20,000 people gathered inside Staples Center in Los Angeles for a memorial service honoring the late king of pop, Michael Jackson, who was tearfully described by his 11-year-old daughter, Paris-Michael, as “the best father you could ever imagine.”

Britain unveiled a Hyde Park memorial to mark the fourth anniversary of the London transit system bombings that claimed 52 victims.

Pope Benedict XVI called for a new world financial order guided by ethics, dignity and the search for the common good in the third encyclical of his pontificate.


One year ago:

A de Havilland DHC-3 Otter air taxi crashed after taking off from Soldotna, Alaska, killing all 10 people on board.

Andy Murray became the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon title, beating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in the final.


Today’s Birthdays:

Musician-conductor Doc Severinsen is 87

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough is 81

Rock star Ringo Starr is 74

Comedian Bill Oddie (TV: “The Goodies”) is 73

Singer-musician Warren Entner (The Grass Roots) is 71

Rock musician Jim Rodford is 69

Actor Joe Spano is 68

Pop singer David Hodo (The Village People) is 67

Country singer Linda Williams is 67

Actress Shelley Duvall is 65

Actress Roz Ryan is 63

Actor Billy Campbell is 55

Actor Robert Taylor is 54

Rock musician Mark White (Spin Doctors) is 52

Singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard is 51

Actor-comedian Jim Gaffigan is 48

Rhythm-and-blues musician Ricky Kinchen (Mint Condition) is 48

Actress Amy Carlson is 46

Actress Jorja Fox is 46

Actress Cree Summer is 45

Actress Robin Weigert is 45

Actress Kirsten Vangsness is 42

Actor Troy Garity is 41

Actress Berenice Bejo (BEH’-ruh-nees BAY’-hoh) is 38

Actor Hamish Linklater is 38

Olympic silver and bronze medal figure skater Michelle Kwan is 34

Rapper Cassidy is 32

Country singer Gabbie Nolen is 32

Actor Ross Malinger is 30

Flashback: What Happened on July 06, ....

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•  1792 On July 6, Bishop Francis Asbury preached in Morgantown, Monongalia County.

•  1863 Union troops attacked retreating Confederate troops at Falling Waters, Berkeley County, following the Battle of Gettysburg, PA.

•  1892 At Weston, Lewis County, white residents lynched African-American Edgar Jones, who had been accused of murder.

•  1979 Volkswagen announced plans to increase production at is stamping plant in South Charleston.

•  1992 The Charleston City Council approved the relocation of the Job Corps Center to Blackhawk Hollow just outside of Charleston, Kanawha County, despite the protests of local residents.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 06

Today is Sunday, July 06, the 187th day of 2014. There are 178 days left in the year.


Thought for Today:

“Fear is forward. No one is afraid of yesterday.“ — Renata Adler, American writer.


Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 06, 1944, an estimated 168 people died in a fire that broke out during a performance in the main tent of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Connecticut. (Among the survivors was future actor Charles Nelson Reilly, then age 13.)


On this date:

In 1483, England’s King Richard III was crowned in Westminster Abbey.

In 1535, Sir Thomas More was executed in England for high treason.

In 1777, during the American Revolution, British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga.

In 1854, the first official meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan.

In 1917, during World War I, Arab forces led by T.E. Lawrence and Auda Abu Tayi captured the port of Aqaba (AH’-kah-buh) from the Turks.

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In 1933, the first All-Star baseball game was played at Chicago’s Comiskey Park; the American League defeated the National League, 4-2.

In 1957, Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title as she defeated fellow American Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2.

In 1964, the movie “A Hard Day’s Night,“ starring The Beatles, had its world premiere in London. The British colony Nyasaland became the independent country of Malawi.

In 1971, jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong died in New York at age 69.

In 1988, 167 North Sea oil workers were killed when explosions and fires destroyed a drilling platform. Medical waste and other debris began washing up on New York City-area seashores, forcing the closing of several popular beaches.

In 1989, the U.S. Army destroyed its last Pershing 1A missiles at an ammunition plant in Karnack, Texas, under terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

In 1994, 14 firefighters were killed while battling a several-days-old blaze on Storm King Mountain in Colorado.


Ten years ago:

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry chose former rival John Edwards to be his running mate.

A U.S. fighter pilot who’d mistakenly bombed Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan in 2002, killing four, was found guilty in New Orleans of dereliction of duty; Maj. Harry Schmidt was reprimanded and docked a month’s pay.


Five years ago:

Robert McNamara, the Pentagon chief who’d directed the escalation of the Vietnam War despite private doubts, died in Washington, D.C., at 93.

President Barack Obama opened a two-day Moscow summit with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Doctors at four hospitals in four states (Maryland, Missouri, Oklahoma and Michigan) finished transplanting eight kidneys over three weeks.


One year ago:

A runaway train carrying crude oil derailed in eastern Quebec, igniting fires and explosions that destroyed much of the town of Lac-Megantic and killed 47 people.

An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 from Seoul, South Korea, crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport; of the 307 people on board Flight 214, three Chinese teens were killed.

A solar-powered aircraft, the Solar Impulse, completed the final leg of a history-making cross-country flight, gliding to a smooth stop at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Marion Bartoli won her first major title, defeating Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final.

Jimmie Johnson became the first driver in 31 years to sweep Daytona International Speedway.


Today’s Birthdays:

Former first lady Nancy Reagan is 93

Actor William Schallert is 92

Singer-actress Della Reese is 83

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is 79

Actor Ned Beatty is 77

Singer Gene Chandler is 74

Country singer Jeannie Seely is 74

Actor Burt Ward is 69

Former President George W. Bush is 68

Actor-director Sylvester Stallone is 68

Actor Fred Dryer is 68

Actress Shelley Hack is 67

Actress Nathalie Baye is 66

Actor Geoffrey Rush is 63

Actress Allyce Beasley is 63

Rock musician John Bazz (The Blasters) is 62

Actor Grant Goodeve is 62

Country singer Nanci Griffith is 61

Jazz musician Rick Braun is 59

Country musician John Jorgenson is 58

Former first daughter Susan Ford Bales is 57

Hockey player and coach Ron Duguay (doo-GAY’) is 57

Actress-writer Jennifer Saunders is 56

Rock musician John Keeble (Spandau Ballet) is 55

Actor Brian Posehn is 48

Actor Brian Van Holt is 45

Rapper Inspectah Deck (Wu-Tang Clan) is 44

TV host Josh Elliott is 43

Rapper 50 Cent is 39

Actress Tamera Mowry is 36

Actress Tia Mowry is 36

Comedian-actor Kevin Hart is 35

Actress Eva (EH’-vuh) Green is 34

Actor Gregory Smith is 31

Rock singer Kate Nash is 27

Actor Jeremy Suarez is 24

Flashback: What Happened on July 05, ....

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•  1982 A power outage caused a chlorine leak at the FMC plant in South Charleston. This was one of numerous environmental problems relating to the chemical industry in the Kanawha Valley during the summer, including an incident of “rust rain” in North Charleston.

•  1992 Marshall University Senior Eric Shaffer of Fairmont, Marion County, won the West Virginia Amateur Golf Tournament at The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier County.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 05

Today is Saturday, July 05, the 186th day of 2014. There are 179 days left in the year.


Today’s Highlight in History:

The Gilmer Free Press

On July 05, 1954, Elvis Presley’s first commercial recording session took place at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee; the song he recorded was “That’s All Right.”


On this date:

In 1687, Isaac Newton first published his Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work setting out his mathematical principles of natural philosophy.

In 1811, Venezuela became the first South American country to declare independence from Spain.

In 1865, William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London.

In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act.

In 1943, the Battle of Kursk began during World War II; in the weeks that followed, the Soviets were able to repeatedly repel the Germans, who eventually withdrew in defeat.

In 1946, the bikini, created by Louis Reard, was modeled by Micheline Bernardini during a poolside fashion show in Paris.

In 1947, Larry Doby made his debut with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in the American League.

In 1962, independence took effect in Algeria; the same day, civilians of European descent, mostly French, came under attack by extremists in the port city of Oran.

In 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title as he defeated Jimmy Connors.

In 1984, the Supreme Court weakened the 70-year-old “exclusionary rule,” deciding that evidence seized in good faith with defective court warrants could be used against defendants in criminal trials.In 1989, “The Seinfeld Chronicles,” the pilot to the situation comedy “Seinfeld,” aired on NBC-TV.In 1991, a worldwide financial scandal erupted as regulators in eight countries shut down the Bank of Credit and Commerce International.


Ten years ago:

In a stinging rebuke, Mexican President Vicente Fox’s chief of staff, Alfonso Durazo, resigned; in a 19-page letter, Durazo said he objected to first lady Marta Sahagun’s presidential ambitions and claimed the administration was repeating some of the vices of the old ruling party that Fox had unseated after seven decades in power.

Five years ago: A bankruptcy judge ruled that General Motors Corp. could sell the bulk of its assets to a new company, clearing the way for the automaker to emerge from bankruptcy protection.

Riots and street battles that killed nearly 200 people erupted in China’s western Xinjiang province in the deadliest ethnic unrest to hit the region in decades.

Roger Federer won his record 15th Grand Slam title when he outlasted Andy Roddick 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 in a marathon match for his sixth Wimbledon championship.


One year ago:

Pope Francis cleared two of the 20th Century’s most influential popes to become saints in the Roman Catholic church, approving a miracle needed to canonize Pope John Paul II and waiving Vatican rules to honor Pope John XXIII.

Enraged Islamists pushed back against the toppling of President Mohammed Morsi, as tens of thousands of his supporters took to the streets vowing to win his reinstatement and clashed with their opponents in violence that killed some three dozen people.


Today’s Birthdays:

Actress Katherine Helmond is 85

Actress Shirley Knight is 78

Singer-musician Robbie Robertson is 71

Julie Nixon Eisenhower is 66

Rock star Huey Lewis is 64

Baseball Hall-of-Fame pitcher Rich “Goose” Gossage is 63

Country musician Charles Ventre is 62

Singer-songwriter Marc Cohn is 55

Actor Dorien Wilson is 52

Actress Edie Falco is 51

Actress Jillian Armenante is 50

Actress Kathryn Erbe is 49

Actor Michael Stuhlbarg is 46

Country musician Brent Flynn (Flynnville Train) is 45

Rapper RZA is 45

Rhythm-and-blues singer Joe is 41

Rock musician Bengt Lagerberg (The Cardigans) is 41

Actor Dale Godboldo is 39

Rapper Bizarre is 38

Rapper Royce da 5’9” is 37

Rock singer Jason Wade (Lifehouse) is 34

Actor Ryan Hansen is 33

Country musician Dave Haywood (Lady Antebellum) is 32

Rock musician Nick O’Malley (Arctic Monkeys) is 29

Actor Jason Dolley is 23

Flashback: What Happened on July 04, ....

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•  1778 George Rogers Clark defeated British forces in the Illinois territory of Kaskaskia. Coupled with Clarks victory at Vincennes, this greatly relieved the threat of Indian attacks in western Virginia.

•  1784 Bishop Francis Asbury preached at Cheat River.

•  1863 The West Virginia Constitution was changed on July 04, 1863, providing for the abolition of all slaves born after July 04, 1863 when they reached the age of 21.

•  1896 The cornerstone was laid for Mahood Hall, the first building of the Bluefield Colored Institute, which later became Bluefield State College, Mercer County.

•  1986 WVPG public radio went on the air in Parkersburg.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 04

Today is Friday, July 04, the 185th day of 2014. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day.


Thought for Today:

“Intellectually, I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.“ — Sinclair Lewis, American author (1885-1951).


Today’s Highlight in History:

The Gilmer Free Press

On July 04, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia.


On this date:

In 1802, the United States Military Academy officially opened at West Point, NY.

In 1831, the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, died in New York City at age 73.

In 1863, the Civil War Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., ended as a Confederate garrison surrendered to Union forces.

In 1872, the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, was born in Plymouth, VT.

In 1912, the 48-star American flag, recognizing New Mexico statehood, was adopted. A train wreck near Corning, NY, claimed 39 lives.

In 1939, Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees delivered his famous farewell speech in which he called himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.“

In 1942, Irving Berlin’s musical review “This Is the Army” opened at the Broadway Theater in New York.

In 1959, America’s 49-star flag, recognizing Alaskan statehood, was officially unfurled.

In 1960, America’s 50-star flag, recognizing Hawaiian statehood, was officially unfurled.

In 1976, Israeli commandos raided Entebbe airport in Uganda, rescuing almost all of the passengers and crew of an Air France jetliner seized by pro-Palestinian hijackers.

In 1982, the space shuttle Columbia concluded its fourth and final test flight with a smooth landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne married his manager, Sharon Arden, in Maui, Hawaii.

In 1999, white supremacist Benjamin Nathaniel Smith shot himself to death as police closed in on him in southern Illinois, hours after he’d apparently shot and killed a Korean man outside a church in Bloomington, Indiana; authorities believe Smith was also responsible for killing former college basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong during a three-day rampage targeting minorities.


Ten years ago:

A 20-ton slab of granite, inscribed to honor “the enduring spirit of freedom,“ was laid at the World Trade Center site as the cornerstone of the Freedom Tower skyscraper that replaced the destroyed twin towers.

Defending the war in Iraq, President George W. Bush told a cheering crowd outside the West Virginia state capitol that America was safer because Saddam Hussein was in a prison cell.

Roger Federer overcame Andy Roddick’s power game to win his second straight Wimbledon title, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-4. Meg Mallon won the Women’s U.S. Open with a 6-under 65.


Five years ago:

Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair was fatally shot in a Nashville condo by his mistress, Sahel Kazemi (sah-HEHL’ kah-ZEE’-mee), who then killed herself.

North Korea launched seven ballistic missiles into waters off its east coast.

The Statue of Liberty’s crown was reopened to tourists for the first time since September 11, 2001.

Serena Williams beat her big sister, Venus, 7-6 (3), 6-2 for her third Wimbledon title and 11th Grand Slam championship.


One year ago:

Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, was sworn in following the ouster of Mohammed Morsi, the Islamist leader overthrown by the military after just one year in office.

The Statue of Liberty reopened on the Fourth of July, eight months after Superstorm Sandy shuttered the national symbol of freedom.

Bernadette Nolan, 52, a member of the singing sister act the Nolans who had a worldwide hit in 1979 with “I’m In The Mood For Dancing,“ died in Surrey, England.


Today’s Birthdays:

Actress Eva Marie Saint is 90

Actress Gina Lollobrigida and playwright Neil Simon are 87

Country’s Ray Pillow is 77

Singer Bill Withers is 76

Actor Ed Bernard is 75

Actress Karolyn Grimes is 74

Broadcast journalist Geraldo Rivera is 71

R&B’s Ralph Johnson is 63

Rocker Domingo Ortiz is 62

Singer John Waite is 59

Rocker Kirk Pengilly is 56

Country’s Teddy Carr is 54

Rock DJ Zonka and tennis’s Pam Shriver are 52

Rockers Matt Malley and Michael Sweet are 51

Actor-playwright Tracy Letts is 49

Actor Al Madrigal is 43

Actress Jenica Bergere is 40

Actor-singer John Lloyd Young is 39

Singer Stephen McNally and actress Becki Newton are 36

TV’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is 32

R&B singer Melanie Fiona is 31

Malia Obama is 16

Flashback: What Happened on July 03, ....

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•  1923 Mother Jones spoke at the Farmer-Labor Party national convention in Chicago, taking perhaps her most radical stance ever.

•  1941 Albert Blakeslee White, eleventh West Virginia governor, died in Parkersburg.

•  1975 State Treasurer John H. Kelly resigned effective July 5 in light of federal grand jury indictments.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 03

Today is Thursday, July 03, the 184th day of 2014. There are 181 days left in the year.


Thought for Today:

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“The trouble with life isn’t that there is no answer, it’s that there are so many answers.“ - Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist (1887-1948).


Today’s Highlight in History:
 
On July 03, 1863, the three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops failed to breach Union positions during an assault known as Pickett’s Charge.


On this date:
 
In 1608, the city of Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain.
 
In 1775, Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 
In 1890, Idaho became the 43rd state of the Union.
 
In 1913, during a 50th anniversary reunion at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Civil War veterans re-enacted Pickett’s Charge, which ended with embraces and handshakes between the former enemies.
 
In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg by dedicating the Eternal Light Peace Memorial.
 
In 1944, during World War II, Soviet forces recaptured Minsk from the Germans.
 
In 1950, the first carrier strikes of the Korean War took place as the USS Valley Forge and the HMS Triumph sent fighter planes against North Korean targets.
 
In 1962, French President Charles de Gaulle signed an agreement recognizing Algeria as an independent state after 132 years of French rule.
 
In 1971, singer Jim Morrison of The Doors died in Paris at age 27.
 
In 1974, President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed a treaty in Moscow limiting the size of underground nuclear weapons tests.
 
In 1988, the USS Vincennes shot down an Iran Air jetliner over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.
 
In 1996, Russians went to the polls to re-elect Boris Yeltsin president over his Communist challenger, Gennady Zyuganov (geh-NAH’-dee zhoo-GAH’-nahf), in a runoff.


Ten years ago:

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan won a promise from Sudan’s government to send troops to stop militia violence in the Darfur region.

Maria Sharapova won her first Grand Slam title by beating Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4 at Wimbledon.

Former Soviet cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev died in Cheboksary, Chuvash Autonomous Republic, at age 74.


Five years ago:

In a surprise announcement, Sarah Palin said she would resign as Alaska governor, effective July 26, 2009.

Vice President Joe Biden visited Baghdad, where he pressed Iraqi leaders to do more to foster national reconciliation and offered U.S. assistance in achieving that goal.

Businessman John S. Barry, who turned rust-fighter WD-40 into a household brand, died in La Jolla, California, at age 84.


One year ago:

Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, was overthrown by the military after just one year by the same kind of Arab Spring uprising that had brought the Islamist leader to power.


Today’s Birthdays:

Actor Tim O’Connor is 87

Jazz musician Pete Fountain is 84

Playwright Tom Stoppard is 77

Writer-producer Jay Tarses is 75

Attorney Gloria Allred is 73

Folk singer Judith Durham (The Seekers) is 71

Actor Kurtwood Smith is 71

Actor Michael Cole (TV: “The Mod Squad”) is 69

Country singer Johnny Lee is 68

Humorist Dave Barry is 67

Actress Betty Buckley is 67

Rock singer-musician Paul Barrere (bah-RAYR’) (Little Feat) is 66

Actress Jan Smithers is 65

Actor Bruce Altman is 59

Former Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier (doo-VAHL’-yay) is 63

Talk show host Montel Williams is 58

Country singer Aaron Tippin is 56

Rock musician Vince Clarke (Erasure) is 54

Actor Tom Cruise is 52

Actor Thomas Gibson is 52

Actress Hunter Tylo is 52

Actress Connie Nielsen is 50

Actress Yeardley Smith is 50

Singer Ishmael Butler is 45

Rock musician Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies) is 45

Actress-singer Shawnee Smith is 45

Actress-singer Audra McDonald is 44

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is 43

Actor Patrick Wilson is 41

Country singer Trent Tomlinson is 39

Actress Andrea Barber is 38

Singer Shane Lynch (Boyzone) is 38

Actor Ian Anthony Dale is 36

Actress Elizabeth Hendrickson is 35

Rhythm-and-blues singer Tonia Tash (Divine) is 35

Country singer-songwriter Sarah Buxton is 34

Actress Olivia Munn is 34

Actress Shoshannah Stern is 34

Actor Grant Rosenmeyer is 23

Actress Kelsey Batelaan is 19

Flashback: What Happened on July 02, ....

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•  1744 The Treaty of Lancaster was signed with the Iroquois providing the British with additional claims to the region east of the Mississippi River, including all land south of the Ohio River. This Ohio Valley territory was surrendered for an estimated purchase price equivalent to $2,000.

•  1861 John Carlile, William G. Brown, and Kellian V. Whaley took their seats in the House of Representatives as Unionist representatives from the state of Virginia.

•  1861 Union troops under General Robert Patterson and Confederate troops under Colonel Thomas J. Jackson fought a minor skirmish at Falling Waters, Berkeley County, after Patterson’s forces had crossed the Potomac River for the second time in three weeks.

•  1863 The West Virginia Legislature appropriated $50,000 for military arms and equipment.

•  1971 WVKV - AM radio went on the air, the first radio station in Hurricane, Putnam County. It was owned by Milliken Investment Corporation.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 02

Today is Wednesday, July 02, the 183rd day of 2014. There are 182 days left in the year.


Thought for Today:

“No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.“ — Thomas Carlyle, Scottish critic and historian (1795-1881).


Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 02, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law a sweeping civil rights bill passed by Congress.


On this date:

In 1714, German composer Christoph Willibald Gluck was born in Erasbach.

In 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution saying that “these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.“

In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a measure establishing the National Statuary Hall inside the former House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol.

In 1881, President James A. Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau at the Washington railroad station; Garfield died the following September. (Guiteau was hanged in June 1882.)

In 1926, the United States Army Air Corps was created.

In 1937, aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight along the equator.

In 1943, Bing Crosby and the Ken Darby Singers recorded “Sunday, Monday or Always” for Decca Records.

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In 1961, author Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.

In 1979, the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin was released to the public.

In 1982, Larry Walters of San Pedro, California, used a lawn chair equipped with 45 helium-filled weather balloons to rise to an altitude of 16,000 feet; he landed eight miles away in Long Beach.

In 1994, a US Air DC-9 crashed in poor weather at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, killing 37 of the 57 people aboard. Colombian soccer player Andres Escobar, 27, was shot to death in Medellin, ten days after accidentally scoring a goal against his own team in World Cup competition.

In 1999, former Northwestern University basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong was shot to death in Skokie, Illinois; authorities believe he was the victim of a three-day shooting rampage by white supremacist Benjamin Nathaniel Smith that targeted minorities in Illinois and Indiana. (One other person was killed and others wounded before Smith committed suicide.) “Godfather” author Mario Puzo died on Long Island, New York, at age 78.


Ten years ago:

Elijah Brown, 21, described by police as a disgruntled employee, went on a shooting rampage inside a ConAgra Foods Inc. plant in Kansas City, Kansas, killing five co-workers before taking his own life.


Five years ago:

Thousands of U.S. Marines poured into Taliban-controlled villages in southern Afghanistan in the first major operation under President Barack Obama’s strategy to stabilize the country. North Korea test-fired two short-range missiles.

The 35-nation International Atomic Energy Agency chose Yukiya Amano of Japan as its next head.

Federal marshals took possession of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff’s $7 million Manhattan penthouse, forcing Madoff’s wife, Ruth, to move elsewhere.


One year ago:

The Obama administration unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until after the 2014 elections, in a central requirement of the health care law that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines.

Homer Bailey threw his second no-hitter in 10 months, pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over the slumping San Francisco Giants.

Olympic track star Suzy Favor Hamilton’s name was removed from the Big Ten female athlete of the year award following revelations she had worked as a prostitute.


Today’s Birthdays:

Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos is 85

Jazz musician Ahmad Jamal is 84

Actor Robert Ito is 83

Actress Polly Holliday is 77

Racing Hall of Famer Richard Petty is 77

Former White House chief of staff John H. Sununu is 75

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox is 72

Writer-director-comedian Larry David is 67

Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, is 67

Actor Saul Rubinek is 66

Rock musician Roy Bittan (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) is 65

Rock musician Gene Taylor is 62

Actress-model Jerry Hall is 58

Actor Jimmy McNichol is 53

Country singer Guy Penrod is 51

Rock musician Dave Parsons (Bush) is 49

Actress Yancy Butler is 44

Contemporary Christian musician Melodee DeVevo (Casting Crowns) is 38

Actor Owain (OH’-wyn) Yeoman is 36

Race car driver Sam Hornish Jr. is 35

Singer Michelle Branch is 31

Actress Vanessa Lee Chester is 30

Figure skater Johnny Weir is 30

Actress-singer Ashley Tisdale is 29

Actress Lindsay Lohan (LOH’-uhn) is 28

Flashback: What Happened on July 01, ....

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•  1847 Future oil and railroad entrepreneur and United States Senator Johnson Camden of Sutton, Braxton County, received an appointment to attend West Point.

•  1921 West Virginia became the first state to have a sales tax.

•  1925 The state gasoline tax was raised to three and one-half cents per gallon on July 01, 1925.

•  1927 The state gasoline tax was raised to four cents per gallon on July 01, 1927.

•  1927 The Clarksburg Telegram merged with the Clarksburg Exponent.

•  1971 The West Virginia Board of Regents established the Parkersburg Community College, the first comprehensive community college in the state.

•  1975 “Jay” Rockefeller resigned as president of West Virginia Wesleyan College.

•  1992 The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources ordered the Kanawha Western Landfill in Kanawha County to be closed due to 32 environmental and safety violations.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 01

Today is Tuesday, July 01, the 182nd day of 2014. There are 183 days left in the year. This is Canada Day.


Thought for Today: “Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people.” — David Sarnoff, American broadcasting pioneer (1891-1971).


Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 01, 1944, delegates from 44 countries began meeting at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, where they agreed to establish the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.


On this date:

In 1535, Sir Thomas More went on trial in England, charged with high treason for rejecting the Oath of Supremacy. (More was convicted, and executed.)

In 1863, the pivotal, three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, resulting in a Union victory, began in Pennsylvania.

In 1867, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain as the British North America Act took effect.

In 1912, aviator Harriet Quimby, 37, was killed along with her passenger, William Willard, when they were thrown out of Quimby’s monoplane at the Third Annual Boston Aviation Meet.

In 1934, Hollywood began enforcing its Production Code subjecting motion pictures to censorship review.

In 1946, the United States exploded a 20-kiloton atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

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In 1963, the U.S. Post Office inaugurated its five-digit ZIP codes.

In 1973, the Drug Enforcement Administration was established.

In 1974, the president of Argentina, Juan Peron, died; he was succeeded by his wife, Isabel Martinez de Peron.

In 1980, “O Canada” was proclaimed the national anthem of Canada.

In 1984, the Motion Picture Association of America established the “PG-13” rating.

In 1994, PLO chairman Yasser Arafat returned to Palestinian land after 27 years in exile as he drove from Egypt into Gaza.


Ten years ago:

Legendary film and stage actor Marlon Brando died in Los Angeles at age 80. Saddam Hussein scoffed at charges of war crimes and mass killings, making a defiant first public appearance in an Iraqi court since being hunted down seven months earlier.

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Hong Kong to demand democratic rights from China.

The Cassini spacecraft sent back photographs of Saturn’s shimmering rings.


Five years ago:

President Barack Obama held an hour-long town hall forum on health care reform in Annandale, Virginia, where, in an emotional moment, he hugged cancer patient Debby Smith, a volunteer for Obama’s political operation, Organizing for America.

Academy Award-winning actor Karl Malden, 97, died in Brentwood, California.


One year ago:

President Barack Obama, during a visit to Tanzania, brushed aside sharp European criticism, suggesting that all nations spy on each other as the French and Germans expressed outrage over allegations of U.S. eavesdropping on European Union diplomats.

President Obama joined his predecessor, former President George W. Bush, at a wreath-laying ceremony honoring victims of the 1998 embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya.

Serena Williams joined a growing list of marquee names eliminated early at a wild and unpredictable Wimbledon, losing to Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 in the fourth round.

“Twister” game inventor Charles “Chuck” Foley, 82, died in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.


Today’s Birthdays:

Actress Olivia de Havilland is 98

Actress-dancer Leslie Caron is 83

Actress Jean Marsh is 80

Actor Jamie Farr is 80

Bluesman James Cotton is 79

Actor David Prowse is 79

Cookiemaker Wally Amos is 78

Dancer-choreographer Twyla Tharp is 73

Actress Genevieve Bujold is 72

Gospel singer Andrae Crouch is 72

Rock singer-actress Deborah Harry is 69

Movie-TV producer-director Michael Pressman is 64

Actor Daryl Anderson is 63

Actor Trevor Eve is 63

Actor Terrence Mann is 63

Rock singer Fred Schneider (B-52’s) is 63

Pop singer Victor Willis (Village People) is 63

Actor-comedian Dan Aykroyd is 62

Actress Lorna Patterson is 58

Actor Alan Ruck is 58

Rhythm-and-blues singer Evelyn “Champagne” King is 54

Olympic gold medal track star Carl Lewis is 53

Country singer Michelle Wright is 53

Actor Andre Braugher is 52

Actor Dominic Keating is 52

Actress Pamela Anderson is 47

Rock musician Mark Pirro is 44

Rock musician Franny Griffiths (Space) is 44

Actor Henry Simmons is 44

Hip-hop artist Missy Elliott is 43

Actress Julianne Nicholson is 43

Actress Melissa Peterman is 43

Rock musician Bryan Devendorf (The National) is 39

Actress Liv Tyler is 37

Bluegrass musician Adam Haynes (Dailey & Vincent) is 35

Actress Hilarie Burton is 32

Actress Lynsey Bartilson is 31

Actress Lea Seydoux (LEE’-uh say-DOO’) is 29

Actor Evan Ellingson is 26

Actors Steven and Andrew Cavarno are 22

Historic Preservation Grants Available in West Virginia

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Applications are still being accepted for historic preservation disaster relief grants following Superstorm Sandy.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s State Historic Preservation Office says applications must be postmarked by July 15, 2014.

About $173,000 is being made available for these grants.

The funding from the National Park Service is aimed at providing technical assistance and emergency repairs to historic and archaeological resources in counties that were declared emergencies and affected by the 2012 storm.

Those counties are Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lewis, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Raleigh, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur, Webster and Wyoming.

Eligible projects include the restoration, rehabilitation, or archaeological development of historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places that were adversely affected by the storm.

Flashback: What Happened on June 30, ....

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•  1912 The Cheapeake and Potomac Telephone Company purchased the holdings of the Souther Bell Telephone Company in West Virginia and Virginia.

•  1951 Governor Okey Patteson announced the new state medical school would be located at West Virginia University in Morgantown (Monongalia County).

•  1956 The last African-American school in Ohio County, Lincoln School in Wheeling, was closed due to integration.

•  1957 The Bureau of Negro Welfare and Statistics went out of existence, due to a cost- cutting move by the West Virginia Legislature.

•  1992 Republican Ron Foster withdrew his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives, leaving Democrat Representative Bob Wise unopposed.

•  1992 Federal inspectors fined Union Carbide in South Charleston, Kanawha County, $151,000 for trying to cover up an injury report, mislabeling dangerous chemicals, and not making employees wear protective breathing gear.

•  1992 West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery, Fayette County, fired its head football coach Kevin Bradley after the school was placed on probation by the NAIA.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: June 30

Today is Monday, June 30, the 181st day of 2014. There are 184 days left in the year.


Thought for today: “We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.” — Konrad Adenauer, German statesman (1876-1967).


Today’s Highlight:

On June 30, 1934, Adolf Hitler launched his “blood purge” of political and military rivals in Germany in what came to be known as “The Night of the Long Knives.”


On this date:

In 1859, French acrobat Charles Blondin walked back and forth on a tightrope above the gorge of Niagara Falls as thousands of spectators watched.

In 1886, Arturo Toscanini, a 19-year-old cellist, made his legendary conducting debut as he stepped in as a last-minute substitute to lead the orchestra of an Italian touring company’s performance of the Verdi opera “Aida” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In 1908, the Tunguska Event took place in Russia as an asteroid exploded above Siberia, leaving 800 square miles of scorched or blown-down trees.

In 1912, Canada’s deadliest tornado on record occurred as a cyclone struck Regina, the provincial capital of Saskatchewan, killing 28 people.

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In 1921, President Warren G. Harding nominated former President William Howard Taft to be chief justice of the United States, succeeding the late Edward Douglass White.

In 1933, the Screen Actors Guild was established.

In 1958, the U.S. Senate passed the Alaska statehood bill by a vote of 64-20.

In 1963, Pope Paul VI was crowned the 262nd head of the Roman Catholic Church.

In 1972, for the first time, a leap-second was added to Coordinated Universal Time to account for the slowing rotation of the Earth.

In 1984, John Turner was sworn in as Canada’s 17th prime minister, succeeding Pierre Elliott Trudeau. (However, Turner held the post for less than three months.) Playwright and screenwriter Lillian Hellman, 79, died on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

In 1985, 39 American hostages from a hijacked TWA jetliner were freed in Beirut after being held 17 days.

In 1994, an Airbus A330 passenger plane crashed after takeoff from Toulouse, France, on a test flight, killing all seven occupants. The Supreme Court ruled, 6-3, that judges can bar even peaceful demonstrators from getting too close to abortion clinics. The U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the national championship and banned her for life for her role in the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.


Ten years ago:

A federal appeals court approved an antitrust settlement Microsoft had negotiated with the Justice Department.

The Iraqis took legal custody of Saddam Hussein and eleven of his top lieutenants, a first step toward the ousted dictator’s expected trial for crimes against humanity.

After nearly seven years of travel, the international Cassini spacecraft entered Saturn’s orbit.


Five years ago:

Democrat Al Franken was declared the winner of Minnesota’s eight-month U.S. Senate vote recount, defeating Republican incumbent Norm Coleman.

A Yemeni jet with 153 people on board crashed into the Indian Ocean as it tried to land on the island nation of Comoros; a 12-year-old girl was the sole survivor.

American soldier Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl went missing from his base in eastern Afghanistan, and was later confirmed to have been captured by insurgents. (Bergdahl was released on May 31, 2014 in exchange for five Taliban detainees.)

Musical actor Harve Presnell, 75, died in Santa Monica.


One year ago:

Nineteen elite firefighters known as members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed battling a wildfire northwest of Phoenix after a change in wind direction pushed the flames back toward their position.

Addressing students at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, President Barack Obama declared that the future of the young and growing continent still rested in Nelson Mandela’s vision for equality and opportunity.

Millions thronged the streets of Cairo and cities around Egypt and marched on the presidential palace in an attempt to force out Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Inbee Park won the U.S. Women’s Open in Southampton, New York, for her third straight major of the year.


Today’s birthdays:

Actress Lea Massari is 81

Actress Nancy Dussault is 78

Songwriter Tony Hatch is 75

Singer Glenn Shorrock is 70

Jazz musician Stanley Clarke is 63

Actor David Garrison is 62

Rock musician Hal Lindes (Dire Straits) is 61

Actor-comedian David Alan Grier is 58

Actor Vincent D’Onofrio is 55

Actress Deirdre Lovejoy is 52

Actor Rupert Graves is 51

Boxer Mike Tyson is 48

Actor Peter Outerbridge is 48

Rock musician Tom Drummond (Better Than Ezra) is 45

Actor Brian Bloom is 44

Actor Brian Vincent is 44

Actress Monica Potter is 43

Actor Rick Gonzalez is 35. Actress Lizzy Caplan is 32

Rock musician James Adam Shelley (American Authors) is 31

Rhythm-and-blues singer Fantasia (“American Idol”) is 30

Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps is 29

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