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


•  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, ....


•  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, ....


•  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, ....


•  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, ....


•  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, ....


•  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, ....


•  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

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