Today in History: 07-11-14


Today is Friday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2014. There are 173 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History: On July 11, 1914, Babe Ruth made his Major League baseball debut, pitching
the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over Cleveland.
On this date:
In 1798, the U.S. Marine Corps was formally re-established by a congressional act that also created the
U.S. Marine Band.
In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a
pistol duel in Weehawken, New Jersey.
In 1864, Confederate forces led by Lt. Gen. Jubal Early began an abortive invasion of Washington, turning
back the next day.
In 1922, the Hollywood Bowl officially opened with a program called "Symphonies Under the
Stars" with Alfred Hertz conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first incumbent chief executive to travel through the
Panama Canal.
In 1937, American composer and pianist George Gershwin died at a Los Angeles hospital of a brain tumor;
he was 38.
In 1952, the Republican National Convention, meeting in Chicago, nominated Dwight D. Eisenhower for
president and Richard M. Nixon for vice president.
In 1960, the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee was first published.
In 1974, the House Judiciary Committee released volumes of evidence it had gathered in its Watergate
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.
Five years ago: During a visit to sub-Saharan Africa, President Barack Obama addressed Ghana’s
Parliament, where he challenged the continent of his ancestors to shed corruption and conflict in favor
of peace.

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