Today in History: July 18, Eric Rudolph sentenced to life
Today in History Today is Monday, July 18, the 199th day of 2022. There are 166 days left in the…
Today in History
Today is Monday, July 18, the 199th day of 2022. There are 166 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On July 18, 1969, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., left a party on Chappaquiddick Island (chap-uh-KWIH’-dihk) near Martha’s Vineyard with Mary Jo Kopechne (koh-PEHK’ -nee), 28; Kennedy’s car then fell off a bridge into the water. Kennedy was able to escape, but Kopechne drowned.
To this date :
In 1536, the English Parliament passed an act declaring the authority of the pope void in England.
In 1863, during the Civil War, Union troops led by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, made up of black soldiers, charged Confederate-held Fort Wagner on Morris Island, SC. The Confederates were able to drive back the northerners, who suffered heavy casualties; the commander of the 54th, Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, was among those killed.
In 1918, South African anti-apartheid leader and President Nelson Mandela was born in the village of Mvezo.
In 1925, Adolf Hitler published the first volume of his autobiographical screed, “Mein Kampf (My fight)”.
In 1944, Hideki Tojo was removed as Japanese Prime Minister and Minister of War due to the setbacks his country suffered during World War II. American forces in France captured the Norman town of Saint-Lô.
In 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed a Presidential Succession Act that placed the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate pro tempore next in the line of succession after the Vice President.
In 1964, nearly a week of rioting broke out in New York’s Harlem neighborhood following the police killing of a black teenager, James Powell, two days earlier.
In 1984, gunman James Huberty opened fire on a McDonald’s in San Ysidro (ee-SEE’-droh), California, killing 21 people before being shot dead by police. Walter F. Mondale won the Democratic presidential nomination in San Francisco.
In 1994, a bomb hidden in a van destroyed a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 85 people. Tutsi rebels have declared an end to the 14-week civil war in Rwanda.
In 2005, an unrepentant Eric Rudolph was sentenced in Birmingham, Alabama, to life in prison for an abortion clinic bombing that killed an off-duty policeman and maimed a nurse.
In 2013, Detroit, once the very symbol of American industrial might, became the largest American city to file for bankruptcy, its finances ravaged and its neighborhoods hollowed out by a long, slow decline in population and auto manufacturing. .
In 2020, Canadian officials said the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team could not play their home games in Toronto during the shortened 2020 season because it was not safe for players to go- returns from the United States. (The Blue Jays would play “home” games at their minor league affiliate’s baseball stadium in Buffalo, NY)
Ten years ago: Rebels penetrated the heart of Syria’s power elite, detonating a bomb at a high-level crisis meeting in Damascus that killed three regime leaders, including the regime’s brother-in-law President Bashar Assad and the Minister of Defense.
Five years ago: President Donald Trump said it was time to ‘let Obamacare fail’ after the latest Republican effort to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law stalled in the Senate. Trump has announced that he will appoint former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman to serve as US Ambassador to Russia. The Trump administration has imposed new sanctions on 18 Iranian individuals, groups and networks, a day after certifying to Congress that Iran is technically in compliance with the nuclear deal and can continue to receive sanctions relief nuclear.
A year ago: Collin Morikawa, a 24-year-old Californian, won the British Open to become the first golfer to win two different majors on his first attempt; he had won the 2020 PGA Championship 11 months earlier. Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia has won the Tour de France cycling race for the second year in a row.
Today’s birthdays: Skating champion and commentator Dick Button turns 93. Olympic gold medalist figure skater Tenley Albright is 87 years old. Director Paul Verhoeven is 84 years old. Musician Brian Auger is 83 years old. Singer Dion DiMucci is 83 years old. Actor James Brolin is 82 years old. The famous Joe Torre is 82 years old. Singer Martha Reeves is 81 years old. Country-rock singer Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie League) is 73 years old. Business tycoon Richard Branson is 72 years old. Actor Margo Martindale is 71 years old. Singer Ricky Skaggs is 68 years old. Actress Audrey Landers is 66 years old. World Golf Hall of Famer Nick Faldo is 65. Actress Anne-Marie Johnson is 62 years old. Actress Elizabeth McGovern is 61 years old. Vin Diesel is 55 years old. Actor Grant Bowler is 54 years old. Retired NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway is 51. Bluegrass musician Jesse Brock (The Gibson Brothers) is 50 years old. Alternative country singer Elizabeth Cook is 50. Actor Eddie Matos is 50 years old. singer-songwriter MIA is 47 years old. Rock musician Da ron Malakian (System of a Down; Scars on Broadway) is 47 years old. Actress Elsa Pataky (films “Fast and the Furious”) is 46 years old. Rock musician Tony Fagenson (formerly with Eve 6) is 44. Director Jared Hess is 43 years old. Actor Jason Weaver is 43 years old. Kristen Bell is 42 years old. Actor Michiel Huisman (MIHK’-heel HOWS’-man) is 41 years old. Rock singer Ryan Cabrera is 40 years old. Actor Priyanka Chopra is 40 years old. Christian rock musician Aaron Gillespie (Underoath) is 39 years old. Actor Chace Crawford is 37. Actor James Norton is 37. Musician Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers) is 36 years old. Actor Travis Milne is 36 years old.
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