Today in History: July 23, Souter elected to the High Court
Today in History
Today is Saturday, July 23, the 204th day of 2022. There are 161 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On July 23, 1983, an Air Canada Boeing 767 ran out of fuel while flying from Montreal to Edmonton; the pilots were able to glide the airliner to a safe emergency landing in Gimli, Manitoba. (The near-disaster happened because fuel was mistakenly measured in pounds instead of kilograms at a time when Canada was converting to the metric system.)
To this date :
In 1958, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain appointed the first four women to the peerage in the House of Lords.
In 1967, five days of deadly rioting broke out in Detroit as an early morning police raid on an unlicensed bar led to a confrontation with local residents, escalating into violence that spread to other parts from the city. 43 people, mostly blacks, were killed.
In 1982, actor Vic Morrow and two child actors, 7-year-old Myca Dinh Le and 6-year-old Renee Shin-Yi Chen, were killed when a helicopter crashed into them while filming a scene. of the Vietnam War for “Twilight Zone: The Movie.” (Director John Landis and four associates were later acquitted of manslaughter charges.)
In 1990, President George HW Bush announced his choice of Justice David Souter of New Hampshire to succeed outgoing Justice William J. Brennan on the United States Supreme Court.
In 1996, at the Atlanta Olympics, Kerri Strug performed a heroic final jump despite torn ligaments in her left ankle as the American gymnasts clinched their first-ever Olympic team gold medal.
In 1997, the search for Andrew Cunanan (koo-NAN’-an), the suspected killer of designer Gianni Versace (JAH’-nee vur-SAH’-chee) and others, ended when police found his body on a houseboat in Miami. Beach, an apparent suicide.
In 1999, the space shuttle Columbia lifted off with the world’s most powerful X-ray telescope and Eileen Collins, the first woman to command an American spaceflight.
In 2003, the Massachusetts Attorney General released a report stating that clergy and others in the Archdiocese of Boston had likely sexually abused more than 1,000 people over a span of six decades.
In 2006, Tiger Woods became the first player since Tom Watson in 1982-83 to win back-to-back British Open titles.
In 2011, 27-year-old singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her London home following accidental alcohol poisoning.
In 2019, Boris Johnson won the contest to lead Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, putting him in the running to become the country’s next prime minister.
In 2020, the virus-delayed and shortened major league baseball season began with World Series champion Washington Nationals hosting the New York Yankees in an empty national park; Dr. Anthony Fauci threw the first ceremonial ball. (The Yankees won, 4-1, in a rain-interrupted game.)
Ten years ago: His hair dyed a shocking comic book shade of orange-red, James Holmes, the former doctoral student accused of killing 12 moviegoers at a screening of the new Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado, has appeared in court for the first time. (Holmes was convicted of murder and attempted murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.) Penn State’s football program was nearly leveled by penalties for its handling of the child sex abuse scandal. children of Jerry Sandusky as the NCAA imposed an unprecedented $60 million fine, a four-year ban from playoff play and a reduction in the number of football scholarships he could award. Sally Ride, 61, the first American woman in space, has died in La Jolla (lah HOY’-ah), California.
Five years ago: A tractor-trailer was found in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas, crowded with dozens of immigrants; ten died and many more were treated in hospital for dehydration and heat stroke. (The driver, James Bradley Jr., was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to transporting immigrants resulting in death.) President Donald Trump tweeted that he had “full power” to grant thanks. Jordan Spieth won the British Open for his third career major championship.
A year ago: The Tokyo Olympics, delayed a year by the pandemic, were officially declared open by Japan’s Emperor Naruhito; Tennis star Naomi Osaka lit the cauldron during the opening ceremony. Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team, known as the Indians since 1915, announced they would get a new name, the Guardians, at the end of the 2021 season; the change came amid a push for institutions and teams to drop logos and names seen as racist.
Today’s birthdays: Retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy turns 86. Actor Ronny Cox is 84 years old. Actor Larry Manetti is 79 years old. Rock singer David Essex is 75. Singer-songwriter and politician John Hall is 74 years old. musician Blair Thornton (Bachman Turner Overdrive) is 72 years old. Actress and screenwriter Lydia Cornell is 69. Actor Woody Harrelson is 61 years old. Rock musician Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) is 61 years old. Actor Eriq Lasalle is 60 years old. Rock musician Yuval Gabay is 59 years old. The musician Slash is 57 years old. Model actor Stephanie Seymour is 54 years old. Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., is 53. Actor Charisma Carpenter is 52 years old. R&B singer Sam Watters is 52 years old. Country singer Alison Krauss is 51. R&B singer Dalvin DeGrate is 51 years old. Rock musician Chad Gracey (Live) is 51. Actor-comedian Marlon Wayans is 50 years old. Country singer Shannon Brown is 49. Actor Kathryn Hahn is 49 years old. -ah-by-rah) is 49 years old. Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky is 49. Actor Stephanie March is 48 years old. Actor Sha ne McRae is 45 years old. R&B singer Michelle Williams is 42 years old. Actor Paul Wesley is 40 years old. Actor Krysta Rodriguez is 38 years old. Actor Daniel Radcliffe is 33 years old. Country musician Neil Perry is 32 years old. Actor Lili Simmons is 29 years old. Country singer Danielle Bradbery (TV: “The Voice”) is 26 years old.