This day in history

Monday, July 8, is the 189th day of 2013. There are 176 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Singer Jerry Vale is 83. Singer Steve Lawrence is 78. Actor Jeffrey Tambor is 69. Actress Kim Darby is 66. Children’s performer Raffi is 65. Actress Anjelica Huston is 62. Writer Anna Quindlen is 61. Actor Kevin Bacon is 55. Country singer Toby Keith is 52. Rock singer Joan Osborne is 51. Writer-producer Rob Burnett is 51. Actor Billy Crudup is 45. Singer Beck is 43. Actor Jaden Smith is 15.

In 1663, King Charles II of England granted a Royal Charter to Rhode Island.


In 1776, Colonel John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, outside the State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia.

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In 1853, an expedition led by Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Japan, on a mission to seek diplomatic relations with the Japanese.

In 1907, Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first ‘‘Follies,’’ on the roof of the New York Theater.

In 1950, President Truman named General Douglas MacArthur commander in chief of United Nations forces in Korea.

In 2003, a triple-deck ferry capsized in Bangladesh; more than 500 people drowned.


In 2012, a bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed six NATO service members on a day where a total of 29 people died from roadside bombs and insurgent attacks. Academy Award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine, 95, died in Los Angeles.