Today in History — July 11

/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Wednesday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2007. There are 173 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On July 11, 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a pistol duel in Weehawken, N.J.

On this date:
In 1767, John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, was born in Braintree, Mass.

In 1798, the U.S. Marine Corps was formally re-established by a congressional act that also created the U.S. Marine Band.

In 1864, Confederate forces led by Gen. Jubal Early began an abortive invasion of Washington, turning back the next day.

In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first incumbent chief executive to travel through the Panama Canal.

In 1952, the Republican National Convention, meeting in Chicago, nominated Dwight D. Eisenhower for president and Richard M. Nixon for vice president.

In 1955, the U.S. Air Force Academy swore in its first class of cadets at its temporary quarters, Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado.

In 1977, the Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1979, the abandoned U.S. space station Skylab made a spectacular return to Earth, burning up in the atmosphere and showering debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia.

In 1980, American hostage Richard I. Queen, freed by Iran after eight months of captivity because of poor health, left Tehran for Switzerland.

In 1995, the United States normalized relations with Vietnam.

Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton was cheered by tens of thousands of people in Bucharest, Romania, where he raised hopes for NATO membership. Ninety-one tourists were killed when fire broke out at the Royal Jomtien Hotel in Pattaya, Thailand.

Five years ago: Lawmakers balked at moving the Coast Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency into a new Homeland Security Department despite pleas from senior Cabinet officials to stick to President George W. Bush’s blueprint. (Both agencies did end up being included in the new department.)

One year ago: Eight bombs hit the commuter rail network during evening rush hour in Mumbai, India, killing more than 200 people. In Chicago, a Blue Line train derailed and started a fire during the evening rush hour, filling a subway tunnel with smoke and forcing dozens of soot-covered commuters to evacuate. The American League edged the National League 3-2 in the All-Star Game in Pittsburgh. Actor Barnard Hughes died in New York at age 90.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Brett Somers is 83. Actor Tab Hunter is 76. Actress Susan Seaforth Hayes is 64. Singer Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 60. Ventriloquist-actor Jay Johnson is 58. Actor Bruce McGill is 57. Singer Bonnie Pointer is 57. Actor Stephen Lang is 55. Actress Mindy Sterling is 54. Actress Sela Ward is 51. Reggae singer Michael Rose (Black Uhuru) is 50. Singer Peter Murphy is 50. Actor Mark Lester is 49. Jazz musician Kirk Whalum is 49. Singer Suzanne Vega is 48. Rock guitarist Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) is 48. Actress Lisa Rinna is 44. Rock musician Scott Shriner (Weezer) is 42. Actress Debbe Dunning is 41. Actor Gred Grunberg is 41. Actor Justin Chambers is 37. Actor Michael Rosenbaum is 35. Country singer Scotty Emerick is 34. Rapper Lil’ Kim is 32. Rapper Lil’ Zane is 25. Pop-jazz singer-musician Peter Cincotti is 24. Actor David Henrie is 18.

Thought for Today: “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” — Robert Frost, American poet (1874-1963).