Today is Saturday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2006. There are 162 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On July 22, 1796, Cleveland, Ohio, was founded by General Moses Cleaveland.
On this date:
In 1587, a second English colony — also fated to vanish under mysterious circumstances — was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina.
In 1916, a bomb went off during a Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco, killing 10 people.
In 1933, American aviator Wiley Post completed the first solo flight around the world in seven days, 18 3/4 hours.
In 1934, a man identified as bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside Chicago’s Biograph Theater.
In 1942, gasoline rationing involving the use of coupons began along the Atlantic seaboard.
In 1943, American forces led by Gen. George S. Patton captured Palermo, Sicily.
In 1946, Jewish extremists blew up a wing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing 90 people.
In 1975, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in voting to restore the American citizenship of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
In 1986, for the first time in a half-century, the House of Representatives impeached a federal official. Judge Harry E. Claiborne was later convicted by the Senate of tax evasion and bringing disrepute on the federal courts.
In 1995, Susan Smith was convicted by a jury in Union, S.C., of first-degree murder for drowning her two sons. (She was later sentenced to life in prison.)
Ten years ago: Friends and families gathered on a Long Island, N.Y., beach for a tearful memorial service dedicated to the 230 victims of the crash of TWA Flight 800.
Five years ago: President Bush and other world leaders closed out a summit in Genoa, Italy, with a vow to wage a united attack on global poverty and disease. They failed, however, to resolve a sharp dispute over global warming. David Duval shot a 4-under 67 to win the British Open title, his first major championship.
One year ago: Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian electrician, was shot to death by London police who’d mistaken him for a terrorist. A labor agreement ended an NHL lockout that canceled the previous hockey season.
Today’s Birthdays: Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., is 83. Singer Margaret Whiting is 82. Actor-comedian Orson Bean is 78. Actor Perry Lopez is 75. Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta is 74. Actress Louise Fletcher is 72. Director John Korty is 70. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chuck Jackson is 69. Actor Terence Stamp is 67. Game show host Alex Trebek is 66. Singer George Clinton is 65. Actor-singer Bobby Sherman is 63. Singer Estelle Bennett (The Ronettes) is 62. Movie writer-director Paul Schrader is 60. Actor Danny Glover is 59. Actor-comedian-director Albert Brooks is 59. Rock singer Don Henley is 59. Movie composer Alan Menken is 57. Actor Willem Dafoe is 51. Rhythm-and-blues singer Keith Sweat is 45. Actress Joanna Going is 43. Actor Rob Estes is 43. Folk singer Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) is 43. Actor John Leguizamo is 42. Actor-comedian David Spade is 42. Actor Patrick Labyorteaux is 41. Actress Irene Bedard is 39. Actor Rhys Ifans is 39. Rock musician Daniel Jones is 33. Singer Rufus Wainwright is 33. Actress Franka Potente is 32. Actress A.J. Cook is 28.
Thought for Today: “The worst enemy of truth and freedom in our society is the compact majority. Yes, the damned, compact, liberal majority.” — Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian dramatist (1828-1906).