Today's History Trivia for July 7
1947 Roswell UFO Incident Major Jesse Marcel and head of the Roswell Army Counterintelligence Corps, Sheridan Cavitt, go to William "Mack" Brazel's ranch and retrieve what they believe is debris from a UFO crash. The following day, a report would appear in the Roswell Daily Record announcing "RAAF Captures Flying Saucer On Ranch in Roswell Region."
1993 Obsessed David Letterman fan Margaret Ray is arrested for the 8th time after trespassing on his property. She had previously been arrested for breaking into his home, sleeping in his bedroom, and stealing his Porsche.
1986 Gramm-Rudman The law is ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
1981 First woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court Sandra Day O'Connor is nominated by Pres. Reagan. She was sworn in the following September.
1981 First solar-powered flight across the English Channel, by Stephen R. Ptacek flying the Solar Challenger designed by Paul MacCready.
1936 First win of the National League over the American League in the annual All-Star baseball game (4-1 in the 4th annual game).
1898 Hawaii A joint congressional resolution is passed providing for the annexation of the island territory.
1865 Lincoln Assassination Four conspirators in the president's assassination are hanged in Washington D.C. The condemned included Mary E. Surratt, making her the First Woman Executed by the U.S. Federal Government. It was believed she provided assistance to John Wilkes Booth.
Today's Birthdays for July 7
1959 Jessica Hahn American secretary. She claimed that televangelist Jim Bakker and preacher John Wesley Fletcher had drugged and raped her.
1949 Shelley Duvall American actress. Film: The Shining (1979). TV: Faerie Tale Theater (producer).
1940 Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey), British singer, one of the Beatles.
1927 Doc Severinsen (Carl Severinsen), American orchestra leader, for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.
1907 Robert Anson Heinlein d. 1988 American science fiction author, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961). He won an unprecedented four Hugo awards.
1906 Satchel Paige d. 1982 (Leroy Robert Paige), American baseball player, the greatest baseball pitcher of the Negro Leagues. He became the oldest rookie ever in the major-leagues when he joined the Cleveland Indians in 1948. They went on to win both the pennant and the World Series.
1752 Joseph Marie Jacquard d. 1834 French inventor. He invented the first programmable loom capable of weaving figured patterns (1801).
Deaths for July 7
Young E. Allison
American poet, editor. His poem Derelict (1891) featured the famous line "Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum." He wrote "Derelict" to complete the famous verse, "Fifteen Men on the Dead Man's Chest," from Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.
1930 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle b. 1859 Scottish physician, author. Creator of Sherlock Holmes (1887). His belief in Spiritualism and the existence of fairies put him at odds with his one-time friend Harry Houdini.
2014 Eduard Shevardnadze b. 1928 Soviet Union Minister of Foreign Affairs (1985-90, 1991), head of state of Georgia (1992–2003).
1994 Cameron Mitchell b. 1918 American actor. TV: High Chaparral (Buck Cannon).
1977 Roy Crane b. 1901 American cartoonist. Creator of Captain Easy (1929) and Buz Sawyer (1943). He pioneered the use of sound effects in comics, such as "bam," "pow," and "wham" and was a pioneer of the adventure comic strip.
1973 Veronica Lake b. 1922 (Constance Ockelman), American actress. Known for her peek-a-boo hairstyle with her long blonde hair covering one eye. Film: Sullivan's Travels (1941) and Hold That Blonde (1945).
1971 Ub Iwerks b. 1901 (Ubbe Eert Iwerks), American Oscar-winning animator. One the original artists for Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse (1928). He supervised the animation and special effects of numerous Disney films. He was the first employee hired by Walt Disney for his new animation studio.
1970 Sir Allen Lane b. 1902 British publisher. He founded Penguin Books (1935), which introduced low-priced paperbacks to the world.
1924 Calvin Coolidge Jr b. 1908 American Presidential Son. The youngest son of U.S. President Calvin Coolidge. He died at the age of 16 from blood poisoning he got from a blister on his toe he received while playing tennis on the White House courts.
1572 Sigismund II b. 1520 King of Poland (1548-72).
1307 Edward I b. 1239 King of England (1272-1307).
1304 Benedict XI b. 1240 Italian religious leader, 194th Pope (1303-04).