Today is Wednesday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2017. There are 172 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
1967: Rioting erupted in Newark, New Jersey, over the police beating of a black taxi driver; 26 people were killed in the five days of violence that followed.
1543: England’s King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.
1817: Author, poet and naturalist Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts.
1862: During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill authorizing the Army Medal of Honor.
1909: The House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, allowing for a federal income tax, and submitted it to the states. (It was declared ratified in February 1913.)
1917: Artist Andrew Wyeth was born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
1948: The Democratic National Convention, which nominated President Harry S. Truman for a second term of office, opened in Philadelphia.
1957: President Dwight D. Eisenhower was flown by helicopter from the White House to a secret mountaintop location as part of a drill involving a mock nuclear attack on Washington.
1977: President Jimmy Carter defended Supreme Court limits on government payments for poor women’s abortions, saying, “There are many things in life that are not fair.”
1984: Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket.
1988: Democracy presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis tapped Sen. Lloyd Bentsen of Texas as his running-mate.
1994: President Bill Clinton, visiting Germany, went to the eastern sector of Berlin, the first U.S. president to do so since Harry Truman.
2001: Abner Louima (loo-EE’-mah), the Haitian immigrant tortured in a New York City police station, agreed to an $8.7 million settlement with the city and its police union.
Movie director Monte Hellman is 88.
Actor-comedian Bill Cosby is 80.
Singer-musician Christine McVie is 74.
Actress Denise Nicholas is 73.
Singer-songwriter Butch Hancock is 72.
Fitness guru Richard Simmons is 69.
Actor Jay Thomas is 69.
Singer Walter Egan is 69.
Writer-producer Brian Grazer is 66.
Quotes Of The Day:
Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought that no one but myself