Sunday, July 19
Sunday, July 19
The Associated Press
Jul. 11, 2015
Today is Sunday, July 19, the 200th day of 2015. There are 165 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
1333 - The Scots are routed in battle of Halidon Hill, a significant setback in their fight for independence from England.
1545 - The English flagship Mary Rose capsizes accidentally and sinks off Portsmouth. It is raised in 1982.
1588 - The Spanish Armada is sighted off the Cornish coast of England.
1610 - Vasily Shuysky, czar of Russia, is deposed after the Swedish army is defeated by Polish invaders.
1848 - The first women's rights convention is held in Seneca Falls, New York, where Elizabeth Cady Stanton declares that "Man cannot fulfill his destiny alone."
1864 - Nanking, the capital of the Taiping rebellion in China, falls to government troops who proceed to slaughter 100,000 people.
1870 - France declares war on Prussia, opening Franco-Prussian War.
1907 - Emperor of Korea abdicates in favor of his son under Japan's pressure.
1918 - German armies begin retreat across Marne River after being defeated in their last great offensive in France.
1939 - American physician Roy P. Scholz of St. Louis, Missouri, becomes first surgeon to use fiberglass sutures.
1943 - Allied air force stages first raid on Rome in World War II.
1956 - United States and Britain inform Egypt they cannot participate in financing Aswan Dam project.
1960 - Soviet Union protests to United States over plan to equip West Germany with Polaris missile.
1966 - Frank Sinatra, 50, marries 20-year old actress Mia Farrow.
1969 - Apollo 11 and its astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins, travel into orbit around the moon.
1975 - U.S. and Soviet astronauts and cosmonauts end their two-day linkup in space.
1979 - Nicaragua's leftist Sandinistas claim revolutionary victory, two days after President Anastasio Somoza flees the country.
1980 - Summer Olympics in Moscow begin, minus dozens of nations boycotting the games because of the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.
1984 - Geraldine Ferraro becomes first American woman to run for vice president.
1985 - Christa McAuliffe is chosen to be the first schoolteacher to ride aboard a space shuttle. McAuliffe and six crew members die the following year when the Challenger explodes after liftoff.
1990 - Kuwait appeals to Arab neighbors for help against threats from neighboring Iraq.
1991 - Kurds protesting Iraqi rule fight government soldiers in first major clashes since withdrawal of allied forces.
1992 - A car bomb kills Paolo Borsellino, Sicily's top Mafia prosecutor.
1995 - U.S. Congress votes to block billions of dollars in further loans to bail out the ailing Mexican economy, despite the urging of President Bill Clinton.
2000 - An international measure is adopted to block rebel groups from trading "conflict diamonds" to fund Africa's most vicious civil wars.
2006 - A cruise liner carrying more than 1,000 Americans sails out of Beirut's port in the first mass U.S. evacuation from Lebanon since Israeli airstrikes started more than a week before.
2008 - Pope Benedict XVI apologizes for the sexual abuse of children by Australia's Roman Catholic clergy at a Mass in Sydney.
2011 - A scientific autopsy confirms that Chilean President Salvador Allende committed suicide during the 1973 coup that toppled his socialist government.
2012 - Syrian President Bashar Assad makes his first appearance since a bomb killed some of his top lieutenants, looking calm and composed on state TV even as his forces turn parts of Damascus into combat zones.
2014 — Americans say they believe a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 with 298 people aboard was brought down by an SA--11 missile fired from an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists.
Al-Bukhari, Islamic theologist (810-870); Samuel Colt, U.S. inventor (1814-1862); Gottfried Keller, German author (1819-1890); Edgar Degas, French artist (1834-1917); Vladimir Mayakovsky, Russian poet (1893-1930); Brian May, British guitarist w/rock group Queen (1947--); Ilie Nastase, Romanian tennis player (1946--); Anthony Edwards, U.S. actor, (1962--).
Thought For Today:
I always turn to the sports page first. The sports page records people's accomplishments; the front page nothing but man's failure — Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States (1891-1974).