Today in history
Today is the 206th day of Monday, July 25, 2022. There are 159 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlights in History:
On July 25, 1972, the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment came to light as The Associated Press reported that for the previous four decades, the US Public Health Service, in conjunction with the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, had been allowing poor, rural black male patients. Going untreated with syphilis, even allowing them to die as a way to study the disease.
On this date:
In 1866, Ulysses S. Grant was appointed General of the United States Army, the first officer to hold the position.
In 1943, Benito Mussolini was dismissed as Prime Minister of Italy by King Victor Emmanuel III and arrested. (However, Mussolini was later released by the Nazis and reasserted his authority.)
In 1946, the United States detonated an atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the first underwater test of the device.
In 1956, the Italian liner SS Andrea Doria collided with the Swedish passenger ship Stockholm late at night off the New England coast and began to sink; 51 people – 46 in Andrea Doria, five in Stockholm – were killed. (The Andrea Doria capsized and sank the next morning.)
In 1960, a Woolworth’s store in Greensboro, North Carolina, the scene of a whites-only sit-in protest against the lunch counter, dropped its segregation policy.
In 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the first “test tube baby,” was born in Oldham, England; She was conceived through the technique of in-vitro fertilization.
In 1994, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (YIT’-sahk rah-BEEN’) and Jordan’s King Hussein (HU-SEN’) signed a declaration at the White House ending their countries’ 46-year formal state of war.
In 2000, an Air France Concorde en route to New York crashed shortly after takeoff outside Paris, killing all 109 people on board and four people on the ground; This was the first accident of a supersonic jet.
In 2010, online whistleblower WikiLeaks posted nearly 90,000 leaked US military records containing a blow-by-blow account of the Afghanistan war, including unreported incidents of killing Afghan civilians as well as covert operations against Taliban figures.
In 2016, on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Bernie Sanders embraced his former rival Hillary Clinton as a champion of the same economic causes that energized his supporters and signaled that it was time for them to run behind her in the campaign. Against Republican Donald Trump.
In 2019, President Donald Trump had a second phone call with Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, during which he sought Zelensky’s help in gathering potentially damaging information about former Vice President Joe Biden; That night, a staff member in the White House Office of Management and Budget signed a document that officially blocked military aid to Ukraine.
In 2020, federal agents fired tear gas to break up violent protests in Portland, Oregon, which continued into the early hours of the morning, following the Minneapolis death of George Floyd, which had seen protests every night in Portland for two months.
Ten years ago: President Barack Obama accepted some measure of control over gun sales but told the National Urban League in New Orleans that he would seek a national consensus to combat the violence. NBC announced that it has reached $1 billion in ad sales for the upcoming Olympic Games in London, topping the $850 million in ad sales for the 2008 Beijing Games.
Five years ago: A bitterly-divided Senate voted to move forward with Republican legislation to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” Sen. John McCain, returning to the Capitol for the first time since he was diagnosed with brain cancer, cast a decisive “yes” vote. (Three days later, McCain joined with two other Republican senators and Democrats to defeat the repeal effort.) On June 14, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was released from a Washington hospital after being seriously injured in a shooting at a baseball practice.
A year ago: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named another Republican critic of Donald Trump, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, to a special committee investigating the Capitol riots; As two Republicans on the committee, they were Reps. Liz joined Cheney, both elected by Democrats. Golfers Bryson DeChambeau and Jon Rahm, who won the previous two US Open golf tournaments, pulled out of the Tokyo Games after testing positive for Covid-19.
Birthdays today: Folk-pop singer-songwriter Bruce Woodley (The Seekers) turns 80. Rock musician Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds) is 79. Rock musician Verdine White (Earth, Wind and Fire) is 71. Singer-songwriter Jaime Finer (The Pogues) is 67. Model-actor Iman is 67 years old. Cartoonist Ray Billingsley (“Curtis”) is 65 years old. Rock musician Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) is 64. Celebrity chef/TV personality Jeffrey Zakarian is 63 years old. Actor-singer is Bobby Aces. 61. Actress Katherine Kelly Lang is 61 years old. Actress Ileana Douglas is 57 years old. Country singer Marty Brown is 57 years old. Actor Matt LeBlanc is 55 years old. Actor Wendy Raquel Robinson is 55 years old. Rock musician Paavo Lotjonen (PAH’-woh-lahnejo- ) (Apocalyptica) is 54 years old. Actor DB Woodside is 53 years old. Actor Miriam Shore is 51 years old. Actor David Denman is 49 years old. Actor JR. Ferguson is 48 years old. Actor James Lafferty is 37 years old. Actor Shantel VanSenten is 37 years old. Actor Michael Welch is 35. Actor Lynsey Godfrey is 34. Classical singer Pharrell Smith is 27 years old. Actor Mason Cook is 22 years old. Actress Meg Donnelly (TV: “American Housewives”) is 21. Actor Pierce Gagnon is 17.