Today in History
Today is Sunday, August 7, the 219th day of 2022. There are 146 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On August 7, 1942, American and Allied forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major Allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II. (Japanese forces abandoned the island the following February.)
To this date :
In 1789, the US War Department was created by Congress.
In 1882, the famous feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky erupted into full-scale violence.
In 1963, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy gave birth to a boy, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, who died two days later of respiratory distress syndrome.
In 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad powers to deal with reported North Vietnamese attacks on American forces.
In 1971, the Apollo 15 lunar mission ended successfully when its command module crashed into the Pacific Ocean.
In 1989, a plane carrying US Representative Mickey Leland, D-Texas, and 14 others went missing over Ethiopia. (The wreckage of the plane was found six days later, there were no survivors.)
In 1990, President George HW Bush ordered the dispatch of US troops and fighter jets to Saudi Arabia to protect the oil-rich desert kingdom from a possible invasion by Iraq.
In 1998, terrorist bombs against American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.
In 2005, ABC News anchor Peter Jennings died in New York at the age of 67.
In 2007, San Francisco’s Barry Bonds hit home run No. 756 to break Hank Aaron’s all-time record with a fifth-inning out of a game against the Washington Nationals, who won 8-6.
In 2010, Elena Kagan was sworn in as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court.
In 2015, Colorado theatrical shooter James Holmes was spared the death penalty in favor of life in prison after a Centennial jury failed to agree on whether to execute him for his deadly attack at a crowded movie premiere that left 12 people dead.
Ten years ago: Jared Lee Loughner agreed to spend the rest of his life in prison, accepting he engaged in a deadly shooting at a political rally in Arizona in 2011 that left six dead and 13 injured , including U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords. Aly Raisman became the first American gymnast to win Olympic gold on floor and clinched a bronze medal on balance beam on the final day of gymnastics competition at the London Games.
Five years ago: Chicago filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s policy of denying public safety grants to sanctuary cities, which have chosen to limit cooperation with immigration enforcement by the government. (A federal appeals court later ruled that the federal government could not set new conditions for granting these grants.) Medical examiners said the remains of a man who was killed at the World Trade Center on September 11 had been identified, nearly 16 years after the attacks.
A year ago: Fueled by high winds and very dry vegetation, the Dixie Fire in Northern California has become the largest wildfire in state history. In her final Olympic race, American sprinter Allyson Felix won her 11th medal, a gold as part of the 4×400 relay team in Tokyo; no track athlete in United States history had ever won more. Kevin Durant scored 29 points as the United States held off France to win the men’s basketball gold medal. Former child actress Jane Withers, who was once Shirley Temple’s on-screen nemesis and later appeared in adverts as ‘Josephine the Plumber’, has died aged 95. Markie Post, who played the public defender in the 1980s sitcom “Night Court,” has died of cancer aged 70.
Today’s birthdays: Singer Lana Cantrell turns 79. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is 78. Actor John Glover is 78 years old. Actor David Rasche is 78 years old. Former diplomat, talk show host and activist Alan Keyes is 72. Country singer Rodney Crowell is 72 years old. Caroline Aaron is 70 years old. Comedian Alexei Sayle is 70 years old. Actor Wayne Knight is 67 years old. Rock singer Bruce Dickinson is 64 years old. Marathon runner Alberto Salazar is 64 years old. Actor David Duchovny is 62 years old. Country musician Michael Mahler (Wild Horses) is 61. Actor Delane Matthews is 61 years old. Actor Harold Perrineau is 59 years old. Jazz musician Marcus Roberts is 59 years old. Country singer Raul Malo is 57 years old. Actor David Mann is 56 years old. Actor Charlotte Lewis is 55 years old. Actor Sydney Penny is 51 years old. Actor Greg Serano is 50 years old. Actor Michael Shannon is 48 years old. Actress Charlize Theron (shar-LEES’ THEHR’-en) is 47. Rock musician Barry Kerch is 46 years old. Actor Eric Johnson is 43 years old. Actor Randy Wayne is 41 years old. Actor-writer Brit Marling is 40 years old. NHL center Sidney Crosby is 35. MLB All-Star Mike Trout is 31 years old. Actor Liam James is 26 years old.
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