Pallbearers carry the casket of jazz musician Louis Armstrong from the Corona Congregational Church following a funeral service in the Queens borough of New York City on July 9, 1971. Walking out of the church is Armstrong’s widow, Lucille Armstrong. The music legend died three days previously. (Associated Press archive)

Today in History: July 9

Today is Sunday, July 9, the 190th day of 2017. There are 175 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight: On July 9, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington’s troops in New York.

On this date:

In 1850, the 12th president of the United States, Zachary Taylor, died after serving only 16 months of his term. (He was succeeded by Millard Fillmore.)

In 1896, William Jennings Bryan delivered his famous “cross of gold” speech at the Democratic national convention in Chicago.

In 1945, architect Frank Lloyd Wright unveiled his design for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, a spiral structure on Manhattan’s Upper East Side that was completed in 1959.

In 1962, pop artist Andy Warhol’s exhibit of 32 paintings of Campbell’s soup cans opened at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles.

In 1995, Jerry Garcia performed for the final time as frontman of the Grateful Dead during a concert at Chicago’s Soldier Field (Garcia died a month later).

Today’s birthdays: Actor-singer Ed Ames is 90. Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is 85. Actor Brian Dennehy is 79. Actor Richard Roundtree is 75. Author Dean Koontz is 72. Football Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson is 70. Actor Chris Cooper is 66. TV personality John Tesh is 65. Actor Jimmy Smits is 62. Actor Tom Hanks is 61. Singer Marc Almond is 60. Actress Kelly McGillis is 60. Rock singer Jim Kerr (Simple Minds) is 58. Actress-rock singer Courtney Love is 53. Actress Pamela Adlon is 51. Rock singer-musician Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse) is 42. Musician/producer Jack White is 42. Actor-director Fred Savage is 41.

Thought for today: “Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.” — Mary McLeod Bethune, American educator and reformer (1875-1955).

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