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This Day In History: July 7

This Day in History

1865: Four conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln are hanged.
1898: Pres. William McKinley signs a resolution annexing Hawaii.
1937: Japanese troops open fire on the Chinese Army at the Marco Polo Bridge in a Beijing suburb, marking the beginning of the Sino-Japanese War.
1981: Pres. Ronald Reagan announces the nomination of Sandra Day O'Connor to the Supreme Court, the first woman ever named to the Court.

Today's Birthdays

1860: Gustav Mahler, composer (Bohemia; died 1911)
1887: Marc Chagall, artist (Russia; died 1985)
1899: George Cukor, director (New York, NY; died 1983)
1901: Vittorio De Sica, director (Sora, Italy; died 1974)
1906: Satchel Paige, baseball pitcher (Mobile, AL; died 1982)
1907: Robert Heinlein, science fiction writer (Butler, MO; died 1988)
1911: Gian Carlo Menotti, composer (Cadigliano, Italy)
1915: Reynaldo G. Garza, first Mexican American to serve as a federal judge and as a federal appeals court judge (Brownsville, Texas; died 2004)
1919: William Kunstler, radical attorney (New York, NY; died 1995)
1922: Pierre Cardin, fashion designer (Venice, Italy)
1927: Doc Severinsen, bandleader/musician/composer (Arlington, OR)
1933: David McCullough, historian (Pittsburgh, PA)
1940: Richard Armey, TX representative and House majority leader (Cando, ND). Ringo Starr, singer/drummer and member of the Beatles (Liverpool, England)
1946: Joe Spano, actor (San Francisco, CA)
1949: Shelley Duvall, actress (Houston, TX)
1951: Roz Ryan, actress (Detroit, MI)
1968: Jorja Fox, actress (New York, NY)
1972: Lisa Leslie, basketball player (Inglewood, CA)
1980: Michelle Kwan, champion figure skater (Torrance, CA)

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