TODAY IN HISTORY
Today is Thursday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2013. There are 173 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On July 11, 1533, Pope Clement VII issued a bull of excommunication against England’s King Henry VIII for the annulment of the king’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon and subsequent marriage to second wife Anne Boleyn.
On this date:
In 1767, John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, was born in Braintree, Mass.
In 1798, the U.S. Marine Corps was formally re-established by a congressional act that also created the U.S. Marine Band.
In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a pistol duel in Weehawken, N.J.
In 1859, Big Ben, the great bell inside the famous London clock tower, chimed for the first time.
In 1922, the Hollywood Bowl officially opened with a program called “Symphonies Under the Stars” with Alfred Hertz conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
In 1937, American composer and pianist George Gershwin died at a Los Angeles hospital of a brain tumor; he was 38.
In 1952, the Republican national convention, meeting in Chicago, nominated Dwight D. Eisenhower for president and Richard M. Nixon for vice president.
In 1960, the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee was first published by J.B. Lippincott and Co.
In 1973, a Varig 707 from Brazil made an emergency crash-landing outside Paris after fire broke out on board, sending smoke into the cabin; 123 of the 134 people on board perished.
In 1979, the abandoned U.S. space station Skylab made a spectacular return to Earth, burning up in the atmosphere and showering debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia.
In 1988, nine people were killed when suspected Palestinian gunmen attacked hundreds of tourists aboard a Greek cruise ship, the City of Poros, which was steaming toward a marina in suburban Athens.
In 1995, the U.N.-designated “safe haven” of Srebrenica in Bosnia-Herzegovina fell to Bosnian Serb forces, who then carried out the killings of 8,000 Muslim men and boys.
One year ago: Unflinching before a skeptical NAACP crowd in Houston, Republican Mitt Romney declared he’d do more for African-Americans than Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president. Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Laos in more than five decades. The Syrian ambassador to Iraq defected, denouncing President Bashar Assad in a TV statement.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Tab Hunter is 82. Actress Susan Seaforth Hayes is 70. Singer Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 66. Ventriloquist-actor Jay Johnson is 64. Actor Bruce McGill is 63. Singer Bonnie Pointer is 63. Actor Stephen Lang is 61. Actress Mindy Sterling is 60. Boxer Leon Spinks is 60. Actress Sela Ward is 57. Reggae singer Michael Rose (Black Uhuru) is 56. Singer Peter Murphy is 56. Actor Mark Lester is 55. Jazz musician Kirk Whalum is 55. Singer Suzanne Vega is 54.
Rock guitarist Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) is 54. Actress Lisa Rinna is 50. Rock musician Scott Shriner (Weezer) is 48. Actress Debbe Dunning is 47. Actor Gred Grunberg is 47. Wildlife expert Jeff Corwin is 46. Actor Justin Chambers is 43. Actress Leisha Hailey is 42. Actor Michael Rosenbaum is 41. Pop-rock singer Andrew Bird is 40. Country singer Scotty Emerick is 40. Rapper Lil’ Kim is 38. Rock singer Ben Gibbard is 37. Rapper Lil’ Zane is 31. Pop-jazz singer-musician Peter Cincotti is 30. Actor David Henrie is 24.