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July 8, 2008 - Today In History

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Today is Tuesday, July 8, the 190th day of 2008. There are 176 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

One hundred years ago, on July 8, 1908,

businessman and philanthropist Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, a liberal Republican who served as governor
of New York and then as vice president of the United States, was born in Bar Harbor, Maine.

On this date:

In  951, Paris is founded

In 1663, King Charles II of England granted a Royal Charter to Rhode Island.

In 1776, Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence,
            in Philadelphia.

In 1796, State Department issues 1st American passport

In 1800, Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse gives 1st cowpox vaccination to his son to prevent smallpox

In 1853, an expedition led by Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Yedo Bay, Japan, on a mission
            to seek diplomatic and trade relations with the Japanese.

In 1889, The Wall Street Journal was first published.

In 1907, Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first "Follies," on the roof of the New York Theater.

In 1919, President Wilson received a tumultuous welcome in New York City after his return from
            the Versailles Peace Conference in France.

In 1947, demolition work began in New York City to make way for the new permanent headquarters
            of the United Nations.

In 1950, President Truman named Gen. Douglas MacArthur commander-in-chief of United Nations
            forces in Korea.

In 1958, President Eisenhower began a visit to Canada, where he conferred with Prime Minister
            John Diefenbaker and addressed the Canadian Parliament.

In 1969, Thor Heyerdahl and reed raft Ra II land in Barbados 57 days from Morocco

In 1969, Withdrawal from Vietnam begins

In 1994, Kim Il Sung, North Korea's communist leader since 1948, died at age 82.

Ten years ago:

A federal bankruptcy judge announced a tentative settlement under which an estimated 170,000 women who said silicone breast implants had made them sick would get $3.2 billion from Dow Corning Corp.

Five years ago:

In Senegal at the start of a five-nation tour of Africa, President Bush called American slavery one of history's greatest crimes as he stood at the very spot where hundreds of thousands of Africans had been bought and sold like cargo.

A factory worker opened fire at a Lockheed Martin plant in Meridian, Miss., leaving five dead before he committed suicide.

Twenty-nine-year-old Iranian twins joined at the head died following surgery in Singapore to separate them.

A triple-deck ferry capsized in Bangladesh; more than 500 people drowned. A Sudanese Boeing 737 crashed on the northeastern Red Sea coast, killing 116 people.

One year ago:

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Randell ordered a range of state government services shut down and placed about a third of the state work force on indefinite unpaid furlough after last-minute negotiations failed to break a budget stalemate. (A budget deal was hammered out the following night.)

Roger Federer won his fifth straight Wimbledon tennis championship, beating Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2.

Today's Birthdays:

Actor Mickey Carroll is 89.

Singer Jerry Vale is 76.

Singer Steve Lawrence is 73.

Actor Jeffrey Tambor is 64.

Ballerina Cynthia Gregory is 62.

Actress Kim Darby is 61.

Children's performer Raffi is 60.

Actress Anjelica Huston is 57.

News columnist Anna Quindlen is 56.

Actor Kevin Bacon is 50.

Rock musician Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode) is 47.

Country singer Toby Keith is 47.

Rock musician Graham Jones (Haircut 100) is 47.

Rock singer Joan Osborne is 46.

Writer-producer Rob Burnett is 46.

Actor Corey Parker is 43.

Actor Billy Crudup is 40.

Actor Michael Weatherly is 40.

Singer Beck is 38.

Country singer Drew Womack (Sons of the Desert) is 38.

Christian rock musician Stephen Mason (Jars of Clay) is 33.

Actor Milo Ventimiglia is 31.

Rock musician Tavis Werts (Reel Big Fish) is 31.

Singer Ben Jelen is 29.

Actor Lance Gross is 27.

Actress Sophia Bush is 26.

Rock musician Jamie Cook (Arctic Monkeys) is 23.

Actor Jake McDorman is 22.

Thought for Today:

"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing."

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