Today is Sunday, July 10, the 191st day of 2011. There are 174 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 10, 1961, Mildred E. Gillars, also known as "Axis Sally," was paroled from a federal prison in West Virginia after serving 11 years for treason for her propaganda broadcasts from Nazi Germany during World War II.
On this date:
In 1509, theologian John Calvin, a key figure of the Protestant Reformation, was born in Noyon, Picardy, France.
In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state.
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson personally delivered the Treaty of Versailles (vehr-SY') to the Senate, and urged its ratification. (However, the Senate rejected it.)
In 1929, American paper currency was reduced in size as the government began issuing bills that were approximately 25 percent smaller.
In 1940, during World War II, the Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces began attacking southern England by air. (The Royal Air Force was ultimately victorious.)
In 1951, armistice talks aimed at ending the Korean War began at Kaesong.
In 1971, feminist activist Gloria Steinem delivered her Address to the Women of America before the newly formed National Women's Political Caucus in Washington.
In 1973, the Bahamas became fully independent after three centuries of British colonial rule.
In 1985, the Greenpeace protest ship Rainbow Warrior was sunk with explosives in Auckland, New Zealand by French intelligence agents; one activist was killed. Bowing to pressure from irate customers, the Coca-Cola Co. said it would resume selling old-formula Coke, while continuing to sell New Coke.
In 1991, Boris N. Yeltsin took the oath of office as the first elected president of the Russian republic. President George H.W. Bush lifted economic sanctions against South Africa.
Ten years ago: The Bush White House backed off a plan to let religious groups that receive federal money, such as the Salvation Army, ignore local laws that banned discrimination against gays and lesbians. For the second time in a month, a jury in New York rejected the death penalty for one of the men convicted in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, opting instead for life in prison without parole for Khalfan Khamis Mohamed. The American League defeated the National League, 4-1, in the All-Star Game in Seattle.
Five years ago: A Manhattan town house was leveled by an explosion; authorities say a suicidal doctor set off the blast to avoid selling the $4 million mansion in a divorce settlement. (The doctor, Nicholas Bartha, died five days later.) A section of ceiling in Boston's Big Dig tunnel collapsed, killing a car passenger. A Pakistani passenger plane crashed, killing all 45 people on board. Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev (shah-MEEL' buh-SY'-ehv) was killed when a dynamite-laden truck in his convoy exploded.
One year ago: Robotic submarines removed a leaking cap from a gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, sending crude flowing freely into the sea until BP installed a new seal that stopped the oil days later. Australia's Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde headed a class of seven inductees into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Grammy-winning country singer Carrie Underwood married NHL player Mike Fisher at a resort in Greensboro, Ga.
Today's Birthdays: Former boxer Jake LaMotta is 90. Writer-producer Earl Hamner Jr. is 88. Former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins is 84. Actor William Smithers is 84. Broadway composer Jerry Herman is 80. Director Ivan Passer is 78. Actor Lawrence Pressman is 72. Singer Mavis Staples is 72. Actor Mills Watson is 71. Actor Robert Pine is 70. Rock musician Jerry Miller (Moby Grape) is 68. International Tennis Hall of Famer Virginia Wade is 66. Actor Ron Glass is 66. Actress Sue Lyon is 65. Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is 64. Rock musician Dave Smalley is 62. Country-folk singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler is 60. Rock singer Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys) is 57. Banjo player Bela Fleck is 53. Country musician Shaw Wilson (BR549) is 51. Country singer-songwriter Ken Mellons is 46. Rock musician Peter DiStefano (Porno for Pyros) is 46. Actor Gale Harold is 42. Country singer Gary LeVox (leh-VOH') (Rascal Flatts) is 41. Actress Sofia Vergara is 39. Actor Adrian Grenier (grehn-YAY') is 35. Actress Gwendoline Yeo is 34. Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas is 31. Singer-actress Jessica Simpson is 31. Rock musician John Spiker is 30. Actress Heather Hemmens is 27.
Thought for Today: "Propaganda is the art of persuading others of what one does not believe oneself." _ Abba Eban, Israeli statesman (1915-2002).
(Above Advance for Use Sunday, July 10)
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