This day in history

Today is Saturday, July 15, the 196th day of 2017. There are 169 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Actor Jan-Michael Vincent is 73. Rhythm-and-blues singer Millie Jackson is 73. Rock singer-musician Peter Lewis (Moby Grape) is 72. Singer Linda Ronstadt is 71. Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, is 67. Actress Celia Imrie is 65. Rock musician Joe Satriani is 61. Country singer-songwriter Mac McAnally is 60. Model Kim Alexis is 57. Rock musician Jason Bonham is 51. Rapper Jim Jones is 41. Actress Diane Kruger is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kia Thornton (Divine) is 36. Actor-singer Tristan ‘‘Mack’’ Wilds is 28. Actor Iain Armitage (TV: ‘‘Big Little Lies’’ ‘’Young Sheldon”) is nine.

In 1799, French soldiers in Egypt discovered the Rosetta Stone, which proved instrumental in deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.


In 1870, Georgia became the last Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union.

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In 1916, Boeing Co., originally Pacific Aero Products Co., was founded in Seattle.

In 1948, President Harry S. Truman was nominated for another term of office by the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia.

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter delivered his ‘‘malaise’’ speech in which he lamented what he called a ‘‘crisis of confidence’’ in America.

In 1985, a visibly gaunt Rock Hudson appeared at a news conference with actress Doris Day (it was later revealed Hudson was suffering from AIDS).


In 1997, fashion designer Gianni Versace was shot dead outside his Miami Beach home; suspected gunman Andrew Phillip Cunanan, 27, was found dead eight days later, a suicide.

In 2002, John Walker Lindh, an American who’d fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, to two felonies in a deal sparing him life in prison.

In 2007, Cardinal Roger Mahony, leader of the nation’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, apologized to the hundreds of people set to receive a share of a $660 million settlement over allegations of clergy sex abuse.

In 2012, Syria’s 16-month bloodbath crossed a symbolic threshold as the international Red Cross formally declared the conflict a civil war, a status with implications for potential war crimes prosecutions.