This Week in History


July 2

Michael Delia was born.

Lakia Echols was born.

 1964 - President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.

2002 - Steve Fossett became the first to circumnavigate the globe solo in a balloon.


July 3

Patricia Rorke was born.

John McGunigle was born.

 1890 - Idaho became the 43rd state in the United States.

1962 - Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.


July 4

The United States of America was born.

Neil Rowe was born.

Chris Long was born.

Christine Mahoney-Schneider was born.

 1826 - Former presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died.

1831 - Former president James Monroe died.


July 5

Tina Schlissel was born.

 1811 - Venezuela became the first South American country to declare independence from Spain.

1996 - Dolly, the first sheep cloned from adult cells, was born.


July 6

Kathy McCormack was born.

Donald Gallagher was born.

Norrin Radd was born.

 1535 - Sir Thomas More was beheaded after refusing to join Henry VIII's Church of England.

1944 - A fire caused by inept fire-eaters in the main tent of the Ringling Brothers Circus in Hartford, Conn., killed over 160 people.



Christine Stengel Puma was born.

Michael Herman was born.

 1946 - Italian-born Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini was canonized, becoming the first American saint.

1981 - President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O'Connor for the Supreme Court.



Patty Marsibilio was born.

Thomas Thompson was born.

Laura Johnson-Rivera was born.

Anthony Girlando was born.

Bianca Fortis was born.

 1950 - General Douglas MacArthur was named commander-in-chief of the United Nations forces in Korea.