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Thursday, July 10, 2008



Today is Thursday, July 10, the 192nd day of 2008. There are 174 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
  • On this day in 1992 INSAT-2A, the first satellite of the indigenously-built second-generation INSAT series was launched.
On this date:
  • In 1850, Vice President Millard Fillmore assumed the presidency, taking the oath of office following the death of President Zachary Taylor.
  • In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state.
  • In 1908, William Jennings Bryan was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
  • In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson personally delivered the Treaty of Versailles to the Senate, and urged its ratification.
  • In 1951, armistice talks aimed at ending the Korean War began at Kaesong.
  • In 1962, the Telstar communications satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • In 1973, the Bahamas became fully independent after three centuries of British colonial rule.
  • In 1978, ABC-TV launched its reformatted evening newscast, "World News Tonight," with anchors Frank Reynolds, Peter Jennings and Max Robinson.
  • In 1985, bowing to pressure from irate customers, the Coca-Cola Co. said it would resume selling old-formula Coke, while continuing to sell New Coke.
  • In 1991, Boris N. Yeltsin took the oath of office as the first elected president of the Russian republic.
Ten years ago:
  • The Diocese of Dallas agreed to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who said they'd been molested by a priest.
Five years ago:
  • During a visit to Botswana, President Bush pledged to the nation with the world's highest AIDS infection rate that it would have a strong partner in his administration in fighting the disease.
  • Spain opened its first mosque in 500 years.
  • Astronomers announced they had found the oldest and most distant planet yet, a huge, gaseous sphere 13 billion years old and 5,600 light years away.
  • Lord Shawcross, Britain's chief prosecutor at the Nazi war crimes trials in Nuremberg, died in Cowbeech, England, at age 101.
One year ago:
  • China executed the former head of its food and drug agency for approving untested medicine in exchange for cash.
  • A judge in Los Angeles sentenced pizza deliveryman Chester Turner to death for murdering 10 women and a fetus during the 1980s and '90s.
  • The American League defeated the National League 5-4 in the All-Star baseball game.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Doug Marlette, 57, died in an auto accident near Holly Springs, Miss.
Today's Birthdays:
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver is 87.
  • Former boxer Jake LaMotta is 87.
  • Writer-producer Earl Hamner Jr. is 85.
  • Former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins is 81.
  • Actor William Smithers is 81.
  • Broadway composer Jerry Herman is 77.
  • Director Ivan Passer is 75.
  • Actor Lawrence Pressman is 69.
  • Singer Mavis Staples is 69.
  • Actor Mills Watson is 68.
  • Actor Robert Pine is 67.
  • Rock musician Jerry Miller (Moby Grape) is 65.
  • Tennis player Virginia Wade is 63.
  • Actor Ron Glass is 63.
  • Actress Sue Lyon is 62.
  • Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is 61.
  • Rock musician Dave Smalley is 59.
  • Country-folk singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler is 57.
  • Rock singer Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys) is 54.
  • Banjo player Bela Fleck is 50.
  • Country musician Shaw Wilson (BR549) is 48.
  • Country singer-songwriter Ken Mellons is 43.
  • Rock musician Peter DiStefano (Porno for Pyros) is 43.
  • Country singer Gary LeVox (Rascal Flats) is 38.
  • Actress Sofia Vergara is 36.
  • Actor Adrian Grenier is 32.
  • Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas is 28.
  • Singer-actress Jessica Simpson is 28.
Thought for Today:
"There are only two distinct classes of people on this earth: those who espouse enthusiasm and those who despise it."
Germaine de Stael, French author (1766-1817).

"Let's all be careful out there!"