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1535 Sir Thomas More goes on trial in England charged with treason

1776 1st vote on Declaration of Independence for Britain's North American colonies

1898 Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders charge up San Juan Hill

1916 Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market

1916 First day of the Battle of the Somme: the British Army suffers its worst day, losing 19,240 men (WWI)

1960 Fidel Castro nationalizes Esso, Shell & Texaco in Cuba

 

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July 2nd, 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Gregg v. Georgia, ruled 7-2 the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual.

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Other than the obvious, the following also occurred on this date:

1802 US Military Academy officially opens (West Point, NY)

1803 The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people by President Thomas Jefferson

1826 Past presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both die on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, President John Quincy Adams calls "visible and palpable remarks of Divine Favor"

1845 Texas Congress votes for annexation to US

1976 Operation Entebbe - Israel rescues 229 Air France hostage passengers In Uganda (3 hostages die along with Ugandan soldiers and Israeli soldier)

 

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Posted (edited)

Fifteen years ago today:

The 7 July 2005 London bombings, often referred to as 7/7, were a series of coordinated Islamic terrorist suicide attacks in London, England, that targeted commuters travelling on the city's public transport system during the morning rush hour.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7_July_2005_London_bombings

Watched a good short movie on Amazon Prime, called London River, last night on people seeking missing relatives afterwards.  Starred Brenda Blethyn (Vera, for Brit mystery buffs.)

Lots of timely references to scary black people and the painful tolerance by many whose lives included being discriminated against.

Edited by abuelo gringo

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