On This Day in:
1754 – Kings College opened in New York City. It was renamed Columbia College 30 years later.
1846 – U.S. annexation of California was proclaimed at Monterey after the surrender of a Mexican garrison.
1862 – The first railroad post office was tested on the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad in Missouri.
1885 – G. Moore Peters patented the cartridge-loading machine.
1917 – Aleksandr Kerensky formed a provisional government in Russia.
1920 – A device known as the radio compass was used for the first time on a U.S. Navy airplane near Norfolk, VA.
1930 – Construction began on Boulder Dam, later Hoover Dam, on the Colorado River.
1937 – Japanese forces invaded China.
1946 – Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini was canonized as the first American saint.
1949 – 'Dragnet' was first heard on NBC radio.
1950 – The U.N. Security Council authorized military aid for South Korea.
1954 – Memphis D.J. Dewey Phillips of WHBQ became the first D.J. to play an Elvis Presley record.
1956 – Johnny Cash made his first appearance on 'Grand Ole Opry.'
1956 – The Platters' 'My Prayer' was released.
1967 – The Monkees opened a national tour with Jimi Hendrix as the opening act.
1969 – Canada's House of Commons gave final approval to a measure that made the French language equal to English throughout the national government.
1971 – Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog of Abba were married.
1975 – Keith Richards was charged with possession of an offensive weapon and reckless driving in Arkansas. He was arrested.
1977 – Styx released the album 'The Grand Illusion.'
1980 – The original lineup of Led Zeppelin/a> gave its final show.
1981 – U.S. President Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1983 – Eleven-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.
1984 – The song 'Relax,' by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, became the biggest selling single of all time in Britain.
1987 – Public testimony at the Iran-Contra hearing began.
1992 – Dream Theater released the album 'Images And Words.'
1993 – Mia Zapata (Gits) was found strangled in Seattle at the age of 27.
1998 – Michael Jackson and his financial partner Don Barden announced their intentions to build an entertainment Neverneverland called 'Majestic Kingdom' in Detroit.
Today in Michael Jackson History
1999 – Coolio was sentenced to 10 days in jail, 40 hours of community service and two years probation after he pled guilty to a charge of illegal gun possession.
1994 – Amazon.com, Inc. was founded in Seattle, Washington under the name 'Cadabra.'
1998 – A jury in Santa Monica, CA, convicted Mikail Markhasev of murdering Ennis Cosby, Bill Cosby's only son, during a roadside robbery.
1999 – In Sierra Leone, President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and rebel leader Foday Sankoh signed a pact to end the nation's civil war.
2000 – Amazon.com announced that they had sold almost 400,000 copies of 'Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire,' making it the biggest selling book in e-tailing history.
2000 – Bobby Brown was released from a Florida jail after serving
26 days for violating probation. The probation stemmed from a
1996 drunk driving incident in Hollywood, FL.
2000 – The BBC imposed an early-evening ban on Robbie Williams' newest video entitled 'Rock DJ.'
2007 – Live Earth took place. The 24-hour, 7-continent series of concerts featured more than 100 music artists.
2017 – The first Tesla Model 3 rolled off the assembly line.
Born on July 7:
Gustav Mahler 1860 – Composer Satchel Paige 1906 – Baseball Player Pinetop Perkins 1913 – Musician Doc Severinsen 1927 – Bandleader David McCullough 1933 – Author Ringo Starr 1940 – Musician (Beatles) Warren Entner 1944 – Musician (The Grass Roots) Joe Spano 1946 – Actor Linda Williams 1947 – Country singer
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.”
— Matthew 5:27-30 (ESV)