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Jul 13, 2010 12:00 am US/Eastern
Today In History July 13, 2010
Today is Tuesday, July 13, the 194th day of 2010. There are 171 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 13, 1960, John F. Kennedy won the Democratic presidential nomination on the first ballot at his party's convention in Los Angeles, outdrawing rivals including Lyndon B. Johnson, Stuart Symington and Adlai Stevenson.
On this date:
In 1787, Congress enacted an ordinance governing the Northwest Territory.
In 1793, French revolutionary writer Jean-Paul Marat was stabbed to death in his bath by Charlotte Corday, who was executed four days later.
In 1863, deadly rioting against the Civil War military draft erupted in New York City. (The insurrection was put down three days later.)
In 1878, the Treaty of Berlin amended the terms of the Treaty of San Stefano, which had ended the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78.
In 1960, in the second All-Star game played in three days, the National League defeated the American League 6-0 at Yankee Stadium. (On July 11, the National League defeated the American League 5-3 in Kansas City, Mo.)
In 1972, George McGovern claimed the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Miami Beach.
In 1977, a blackout lasting 25 hours hit the New York City area.
In 1978, Lee Iacocca was fired as president of Ford Motor Co. by chairman Henry Ford II.
In 1979, four Palestinian guerrillas stormed the Egyptian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, killing two guards and taking some 20 hostages. (The guerrillas surrendered 45 hours later.)
In 1985, "Live Aid," an international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, took place to raise money for Africa's starving people.
Ten years ago: Fellow Democrat Bill Bradley endorsed Vice President Al Gore for president, four months after conceding their fight for the White House.
Five years ago: A suicide car bomb exploded next to U.S. troops handing out candy and toys in Iraq, killing more than two dozen people, including 18 children and teenagers and an American soldier. Former WorldCom boss Bernard Ebbers was sentenced to 25 years in prison for leading the largest corporate fraud in U.S. history. A fuel gauge that mistakenly read full instead of empty forced NASA to call off the first shuttle launch in 2 1/2 years.
One year ago: Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic Supreme Court nominee in history, vowed loyalty to "the impartiality of our justice system" at the start of her Senate confirmation hearing. President Barack Obama, back from his overseas trip, stepped forcefully back into the health care debate as he presented his nominee for surgeon general, Dr. Regina Benjamin.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Patrick Stewart is 70. Actor Robert Forster is 69. Actor Harrison Ford is 68. Singer-guitarist Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) is 68. Actor-comedian Cheech Marin is 64. Actress Daphne Maxwell Reid is 62. Actress Didi Conn is 59. Singer Louise Mandrell is 56. Actor-director Cameron Crowe is 53. Tennis player Anders Jarryd is 49. Rock musician Gonzalo Martinez De La Cotera (Marcy Playground) is 48. Country singer-songwriter Victoria Shaw is 48. Bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent is 48. Actor Kenny Johnson is 47. Actor Michael Jace is 45. Country singer Neil Thrasher is 45. Singer Deborah Cox is 37. Rock musician Will Champion (Coldplay) is 32.
Thought for Today: "Where we come from in America no longer signifies. It's where we go, and what we do when we get there, that tells us who we are." - Joyce Carol Oates, American author.
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