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7/22/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - July 22
General Robert E. Lee
General Robert E. Lee

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Today in History in 1775 George Washington took command of the U.S. troops; in 1918 lightning killed 504 sheep in Utah’s Wasatch National Park; and in 1975 the U.S. House of Representatives voted to restore citizenship to General Robert E. Lee.

Our On This Day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1099 - First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon is elected the first Defender of the Holy Sepulchre of The Kingdom of Jerusalem.
  • 1686 - City of Albany, NY chartered
  • 1775 - George Washington takes command of US troops
  • 1793 - Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Pacific Ocean becoming the first Euro-American to complete a transcontinental crossing of Canada.
  • 1918 - Lightning kills 504 sheep in Utah's Wasatch National Park
  • 1937 - Senate rejects FDR proposal to enlarge Supreme Court
  • 1943 - US forces led by Gen George Patton liberate Palermo Sicily
  • 1963 - Sonny Liston KOs Floyd Patterson in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1967 - Jimi Hendrix quits as opening act of the Monkees' tour
  • 1975 - US House of Rep. votes to restore citizenship to General Robert E. Lee
  • 1994 - OJ Simpson pleads "Absolutely 100% Not Guilty" of murder
  • 1995 - Susan Smith found guilty of drowning her two children in South Carolina

Famous Birthdays

  • 1849 - Emma Lazarus, New York NY, poet ("New Colossus" - on the base of Statue of Liberty)
  • 1890 - Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, mom of JFK, RFK & Ted, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1923 - Bob Dole, American politician
  • 1928 - Orson Bean, Burlington VT, actor/comedian (To Tell the Truth)
  • 1932 - Oscar de la Renta, Dom Rep, designer (Coty Hall of Fame-1973)
  • 1934 - Louise Fletcher, Birmingham AL, actress (One Flew over Cuckoo's Nest)
  • 1940 - Alex Trebek, Sudbury Ontario, TV game host (High Rollers, Jeopardy)
  • 1946 - Danny Glover, actor (Lethal Weapon, Operation Dumbo Drop), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1947 - Albert Brooks, comedian (Broadcast News, Lost in America), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947 - Don Henley, Linden Tx, rock drummer/vocalist (Eagles-Desparado)
  • 1949 - Alan Menken, New York, Disney composer (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast - 8 Oscars)
  • 1992 - Selena Gomez, American actress and singer, born in Grand Prairie, Texas
  • 2013 - Prince George of Cambridge, son of Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, England (3rd in line to the English throne), born in London, England

Famous Weddings

  • 1515 - Anna of Bohemia (12) marries Karel van Ferdinand of Austria
  • 1515 - Louis of Hungary (9) marries Maria of Bohemia & succession to Hungarian throne
  • 1850 - Composer Stephen Foster (24) weds Jane Denny McDowell at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1929 - American Playwright Eugene O'Neill (40) marries 3rd wife actress Carlotta Monterey (40)
  • 1972 - Business magnate Richard Branson (22) weds Kristen Tomassi
  • 1982 - Biggest mass wedding, Rev Sun Myung Moon weds 2,200 couples in NYC
  • 1995 - "True Lies" actor Tom Arnold (36) weds Julie Champnella (25) in Dearborn, Michigan
  • 1995 - Actor Ewan McGregor (24) weds production designer Eve Mavrakis (29)
  • 1999 - Director Martin Scorsese (56) weds Helen Morris in New York
  • 2006 - Spanish singer David Bustamante (24) weds Spanish TV star Paula Echevarria at Basilica de Santa Maria la Real de Covadonga in the Asturias
  • 2006 - British TV presenter Ant McPartlin (30) weds former member of "Deuce" Lisa Armstrong (29) at St. Nicholas Church in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England
  • 2007 - Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila Ali (30) weds former NFL player Curtis Conway (36) in Marina del Rey, California

Famous Divorces

  • 1940 - Jacqueline Kennedy's parents John Vernou "Black Jack" Bouvier III and Janet (Norton Lee) divorce
  • 2010 - "The Princess Bride" actress Robin Wright (44) divorces actor-director Sean Penn (49) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1802 - Marie Francois Xavier Bichat, a founder of histology, dies from falling down stairs at 30
  • 1922 - John Motley Morehead III, American Chemist (commercial production of calcium carbide, important for welding), dies at 67
  • 1934 - John Dillinger, shot dead at Biograph Theater in Chicago, at 33
  • 1967 - Carl Sandburg, poet (Abraham Lincoln: Prairie Years), dies at 89
  • 2008 - Estelle Getty, American actress ("The Golden Girls"), dies of Lewy body disease at 84
  • 2013 - Dennis Farina, American actor, dies from a pulmonary embolism at 69

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