Today in History

  • Thu Jul 19th, 2012 4:30pm
  • Life

Today is Sunday, July 22, the 204th day of 2012. There are 162 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight

On July 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln presented to his Cabinet a preliminary draft of the Emancipation Proclamation.

On this date:

In 1587, an English colony fated to vanish under mysterious circumstances was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina.

In 1934, bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside Chicago’s Biograph Theater, where he had just seen the Clark Gable movie “Manhattan Melodrama.”

In 1937, the Senate rejected President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court.

Today’s birthdays

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., is 89. Actor-comedian Orson Bean is 84. Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta is 80. Actress Louise Fletcher is 78. Actor Terence Stamp is 74. Game show host Alex Trebek is 72. Singer George Clinton is 71. Actor-singer Bobby Sherman is 69. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, is 69. Movie writer-director Paul Schrader is 66. Actor Danny Glover is 66. Actor-comedian-director Albert Brooks is 65. Rock singer Don Henley is 65. Actor Willem Dafoe is 57. Actor John Leguizamo is 48. Actor-comedian David Spade is 48. Actor Rhys Ifans is 45. Singer Rufus Wainwright is 39. Actress Franka Potente is 38.

Thought for Today

“Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense.” — Helen Rowland, American writer and humorist (1875-1950).

Associated Press