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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:

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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:

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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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•  1776 The first Virginia Constitution was adopted.

•  1973 Ground was broken for the St. Albans Mall (Kanawha County), the first indoor shopping mall in the Kanawha Valley.

•  1973 Assisstant Labor Secretary Bernard DeLung stated that the black lung benefit program would improve after being taken over by the United States Labor Department.

•  1986 National Public Radio began national distribution of Mountain Stage, a live two-hour show recorded in Charleston and produced by West Virginia Public Radio.

•  1992 The administration of President George Bush enacted a new rule which would allow chemical plants, such as the ones in Kanawha County, to release up to 100 pounds of toxic chemicals without notifying state regulators.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: June 29

Today is Sunday, June 29, the 180th day of 2014. There are 185 days left in the year.


Thought for Today:

“A hypocrite is a person who — but who isn’t?“ — Don Marquis, American journalist-author (1878-1937).


Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 29, 1974, Isabel Martinez de Peron was sworn in as acting president of Argentina, two days before the death of her ailing husband, President Juan Peron.


On this date:

In 1613, London’s original Globe Theatre, where many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed, was destroyed by a fire sparked by a cannon shot during a performance of “Henry VIII.“

In 1767, Britain approved the Townshend Revenue Act, which imposed import duties on glass, paint, oil, lead, paper and tea shipped to the American colonies. (Colonists bitterly protested, prompting Parliament to repeal the duties — except for tea.)

In 1880, France annexed Tahiti, which became a French colony on December 30, 1880.

In 1913, the Second Balkan War broke out as Bulgaria attacked Serbia and Greece, its former allies from the First Balkan War.

In 1927, the first trans-Pacific airplane flight was completed as Lt. Lester J. Maitland and Lt. Albert F. Hegenberger arrived at Wheeler Field in Hawaii aboard the Bird of Paradise, an Atlantic-Fokker C-2, after flying 2,400 miles from Oakland, California, in 25 hours, 50 minutes.

In 1941, Polish statesman, pianist and composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski (een-YAHS’ yahn pah-dayr-EF’-skee) died in New York at age 80.

In 1954, the Atomic Energy Commission voted against reinstating Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer’s access to classified information.

In 1967, Jerusalem was re-unified as Israel removed barricades separating the Old City from the Israeli sector.

In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a trio of death sentences, saying the way they had been imposed constituted cruel and unusual punishment. (The ruling prompted states to effectively impose a moratorium on executions until their capital punishment laws could be revised.)

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In 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Morrison v. Olson, upheld the independent counsel law in a 7-1 decision (the sole dissenter was Justice Antonin Scalia).

In 1992, the remains of Polish statesman Ignace Jan Paderewski (een-YAHS’ yahn pah-dayr-EF’-skee), interred for five decades in the United States, were returned to his homeland in keeping with his wish to be buried only in a free Poland.

In 2003, actress Katharine Hepburn, one of the last stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age, died in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, at age 96.


Ten years ago:

A United Nations helicopter crashed in Sierra Leone, killing all 24 peacekeepers, aid workers and others on board.

The Supreme Court blocked a law meant to shield Web-surfing children from online pornography.

Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks became the fourth pitcher to record 4,000 career strikeouts (however, his team lost to the San Diego Padres, 3-2).


Five years ago:

U.S. combat troops withdrew from Iraqi cities, the first major step toward removing all American forces from the country by Dec. 31, 2011.

Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff received a 150-year sentence for his multibillion-dollar fraud.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that white firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut, were denied promotion because of their race.

Indoor tennis came to Wimbledon as the new retractable roof over Centre Court was closed after rain halted play during a fourth-round match with Amelie Mauresmo leading top-ranked Dinara Safina, 6-4, 1-4. (Safina ended up winning, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.)


One year ago:

Paying tribute to his personal hero, President Barack Obama met privately in Johannesburg, South Africa, with Nelson Mandela’s family as the world anxiously awaited news on the condition of the hospitalized 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader. (Mandela was discharged from the hospital on September 1, 2013; he died the following December.)


Today’s Birthdays:

Movie producer Robert Evans is 84

Songwriter L. Russell Brown is 74

Actor Gary Busey is 70

Comedian Richard Lewis is 67

Actor-turned-politican-turned-radio personality Fred Grandy is 66

Rock musician Ian Paice (Deep Purple) is 66

Singer Don Dokken (Dokken) is 61

Rock singer Colin Hay (Men At Work) is 61

Actress Maria Conchita Alonso is 57

Actress Sharon Lawrence is 53

Actress Amanda Donohoe is 52

Actress Judith Hoag is 51

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is 51

Rhythm-and-blues singer Stedman Pearson (Five Star) is 50

Actress Kathleen Wilhoite is 50

Producer-writer Matthew Weiner is 49

Musician Dale Baker is 48

Actress Melora Hardin is 47

Rap DJ Shadow is 42

Actress Zuleikha Robinson is 37

Country musician Todd Sansom (Marshall Dyllon) is 36

Singer Nicole Scherzinger is 36

Comedian-writer Colin Jost (johst) is 32

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