Today is Friday, July 29, the 210th day of 2022. There are 155 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On July 29, 1981, Britain’s Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in a glittering ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. (The couple divorced in 1996.)
In 1890, 37-year-old artist Vincent van Gogh died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers-sur-Oise, France.
In 1914, transcontinental telephone service in the United States became operational with the first test conversation between New York and San Francisco.
In 1921, Adolf Hitler became the leader (“führer”) of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.
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In 1957, the International Atomic Energy Agency was created. Jack Paar made his debut as the host of NBC’s “Tonight Show.”
In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, creating NASA.
In 1967, an accidental rocket launch off the deck of the super aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin caused a fire and explosions that killed 134 servicemen. (Among the survivors was future Arizona Senator John McCain, a US Navy lieutenant commander who narrowly escaped.)
In 1968, Pope Paul VI reaffirmed the position of the Roman Catholic Church against artificial methods of birth control.
In 1980, a state funeral was held in Cairo, Egypt for the deposed Shah of Iran, who had died two days earlier at the age of 60.
In 1986, a federal jury in New York found that the National Football League had committed an antitrust violation against rival United States Football League. But in a hollow victory for the USFL, the jury ordered the NFL to pay nominal damages of just three dollars.
In 1994, abortion opponent Paul Hill shot and killed Dr. John Bayard Britton and Britton’s escort, James H. Barrett, outside the Ladies Center clinic in Pensacola, Florida. (Hill was executed in September 2003.)
In 1999, a former day trader, apparently upset over stock losses, opened fire at two Atlanta brokerage offices, killing nine people and injuring 13 before shooting himself in the head; authorities said Mark O. Barton also killed his wife and two children.
In 2016, former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson was sentenced to an additional 40 years in prison for trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who put him behind bars for killed his third wife.
Ten years ago: Standing on Israeli soil, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney declared Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish state and said the United States had a ‘solemn duty and a moral imperative’ to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability. At the London Olympics, Dana Vollmer of the United States set a world record by winning the 100-meter butterfly in 55.98 seconds. Yannick Agnel rallied the French to the gold medal in the 4×100 meters freestyle relay in 3 minutes, 9.93 seconds, beating American star Ryan Lochte on the last lap.
Five years ago: US and South Korean forces conducted joint live-fire exercises in response to North Korea’s second launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile; According to experts, the North Korean launch showed that much of the United States was now within range of the North Korean arsenal.
A year ago: under the eyes of her teammate Simone Biles, the American Sunisa Lee won the gold medal in the women’s all-around at the Tokyo Games; she was the fifth consecutive American to win the Olympic title in this event. (Biles pulled out of the event, which she was favored to win, to focus on her mental well-being.) President Joe Biden announced sweeping new pandemic requirements aimed at increasing vaccination rates for millions of federal workers and contractors. Former Sen. Carl Levin, a Democrat who was a powerful voice for the military during his career as Michigan’s longest-serving U.S. senator, has died at 87.
Today’s birthdays: Former Senator Nancy Kassebaum-Baker turns 90. Actor Robert Fuller is 89 years old. Former Senator Elizabeth H. Dole is 86 years old. Actor Roz Kelly is 80 years old. Rock musician Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon) is 76 years old. Marilyn Tucker Quayle, wife of former Vice President Dan Quayle, is 73. Actor Mike Starr is 72 years old. Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is 69 years old. Style guru Tim Gunn is 69. Rock singer-musician Geddy Lee (Rush) is 69 years old. and the E Street Band) is 69. Actor Kevin Chapman is 60 years old. Actress Alexandra Paul is 59 years old. Actor/comedian Dean Haglund is 57 years old. Country singer Martina McBride is 56. Rock musician Chris Gorman is 55. Actor Rodney Allen Rippy is 54 years old. Actor Tim Omundson is 53 years old. Actor Ato Essandoh is 50 years old. Actor Wil Wheaton is 50 years old. R&B singer Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men) is 49. Country singer-songwriter James Otto is 49 years old. Actor Stephen Dorff is 49 years old. Actor Josh Radnor is 48 years old. Hip-hop DJ/music producer Danger Mouse is 45. Actor Rachel Miner is 42 years old. Actor Kaitlyn Black is 39 years old. Actor Matt Pr okop is 32 years old. Actor Cait Fairbanks is 29 years old.
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