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Today in history: July 7

Today in history: July 7
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Take a step back in time through the pages of The Sentinel. Also, get local births and celebrity birthdays.

Today in history

In 2013: During its monthly game day Saturday afternoon, the Holland Museum showed off outdoor and indoor games at the Cappon House. The 1873 house on Ninth Street belonged to Holland’s first mayor and tannery owner, Isaac Cappon. Holland Museum Education Coordinator Wendy Van Woerkom showed kids how to play each game. The summer series wraps up next month, with more games at the Cappon House on Aug. 3. Lawn games are free; regular Cappon House tour fees apply.

On this day

In 1846, U.S. annexation of California was proclaimed at Monterey after the surrender of a Mexican garrison.

In 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C. for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln: Lewis Powell (aka Lewis Payne), David Herold, George Atzerodt and Mary Surratt, the first woman to be executed by the federal government.

In 1898, the United States annexed Hawaii.

In 1919, the first Transcontinental Motor Convoy, in which a U.S. Army convoy of motorized vehicles crossed the United States, departed Washington, D.C. (The trip ended in San Francisco on Sept. 6, 1919.)

In 1937, the Second Sino-Japanese War erupted into full-scale conflict as Imperial Japanese forces attacked the Marco Polo Bridge in Beijing.

In 1946, Italian-born Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini was canonized as the first American saint by Pope Pius XII. Jimmy Carter, 21, married Rosalynn Smith, 18, in Plains, Georgia.

In 1948, six female U.S. Navy reservists became the first women to be sworn in to the regular Navy.

In 1954, Elvis Presley made his radio debut as Memphis, Tenn., station WHBQ played his first recording for Sun Records, “That’s All Right.”

In 1969, Canada’s House of Commons gave final approval to the Official Languages Act, making French equal to English throughout the national government.

In 1976, President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford hosted a White House dinner for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. The United States Military Academy at West Point included female cadets for the first time as 119 women joined the Class of 1980.

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1987, Lt. Col. Oliver North began his long-awaited public testimony at the Iran-Contra hearing, telling Congress that he had “never carried out a single act, not one,” without authorization.

In 1990, the first “Three Tenors” concert took place as opera stars Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras performed amid the brick ruins of Rome’s Baths of Caracalla on the eve of the World Cup championship.

Celebrity birthdays

David McCullough is 85.

Ringo Starr is 78.

Shelley Duvall is 69.

Jim Gaffigan is 52.

Hamish Linklater is 42.

Michelle Kwan is 38.

Maddie Marlow is 23.

Births

Spectrum Health/Zeeland Hospital

July 1, 2018

A daughter, Annalyn Joy, to Nathan and Kristen Faber of Jenison.

A daughter, Alaina Faith, was born to John and Jennifer Cullen of West Olive.

A son, Leland John, was born to Justin and Kaitlynn Meinema of Zeeland.

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