Today in History
Today is Sunday, July 3, the 184th day of 2022. There are 181 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On July 3, 1976, Israel launched its daring mission to rescue 106 passengers and Air France crew members being held at Entebbe (en-TEH’-bee) Airport in Uganda (yoo-GAHN’-dah) by pro-Palestinian hijackers; the commandos succeeded in rescuing all but four of the hostages.
On this date:
In 1775, Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In 1863, the three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops failed to breach Union positions during an assault known as Pickett’s Charge.
In 1944, during World War II, Soviet forces recaptured Minsk from the Germans.
In 1950, the first carrier strikes of the Korean War took place as the USS Valley Forge and the HMS Triumph sent fighter planes against North Korean targets.
In 1971, singer Jim Morrison of The Doors died in Paris at age 27.
In 1979, Dan White, convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone (mahs-KOH’-nee) and Supervisor Harvey Milk, was sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison. (He ended up serving five years.)
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan presided over a gala ceremony in New York Harbor that saw the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty.
In 1988, the USS Vincennes shot down an Iran Air jetliner over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.
In 1996, Russians went to the polls to re-elect Boris Yeltsin president over his Communist challenger, Gennady Zyuganov (geh-NAH’-dee zhoo-GAH’-nahf), in a runoff.
In 2011, Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) won his first Wimbledon, beating defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.
In 2013, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, was overthrown by the military after just one year by the same kind of Arab Spring uprising that had brought the Islamist leader to power.
In 2020, speaking at the foot of Mount Rushmore on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump asserted that protesters pushing for racial justice were engaging in a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history.”
Ten years ago: Andy Griffith, 86, who made homespun American Southern wisdom his trademark as the wise sheriff in “The Andy Griffith Show,” died at his North Carolina home.
Five years ago: A federal appeals court ruled that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt overstepped his authority in trying to delay implementation of an Obama administration rule requiring oil and gas companies to monitor and reduce methane leaks.
One year ago: Crews suspended the search for the living and the dead in the rubble of a collapsed South Florida condo building so that workers could start preparing the unstable remainder of the building for demolition ahead of a tropical storm.
Today’s Birthdays: Playwright Tom Stoppard is 85. Writer-producer Jay Tarses is 83. Actor Michael Cole (TV: “The Mod Squad”) is 82. Attorney Gloria Allred is 81. Folk singer Judith Durham (The Seekers) is 79. Actor Kurtwood Smith is 79. Country singer Johnny Lee is 76. Humorist Dave Barry is 75. Actor Betty Buckley is 75. Actor Jan Smithers is 73. Actor Bruce Altman is 67. Talk show host Montel Williams is 66. Country singer Aaron Tippin is 64. Rock musician Vince Clarke (Erasure) is 62. Actor Tom Cruise is 60. Actor Thomas Gibson is 60. Actor Hunter Tylo is 60. Actor Connie Nielsen is 58. Actor Yeardley Smith is 58. TV chef Sandra Lee is 56. Singer Ishmael Butler is 53. Rock musician Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies) is 53. Actor-singer Shawnee Smith is 53. Actor-singer Audra McDonald is 52. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is 51. Actor Patrick Wilson is 49. Country singer Trent Tomlinson is 47. Actor Andrea Barber is 46. Singer Shane Lynch (Boyzone) is 46. Actor Ian Anthony Dale is 44. Actor/comedian Julie Klausner is 44. Actor Elizabeth Hendrickson is 43. Country singer-songwriter Sarah Buxton is 42. Actor Olivia Munn is 42. Actor Shoshannah Stern is 42. Rock singer-songwriter Elle King is 33. Actor Grant Rosenmeyer is 31.