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1913 Augustus Bacon, D-Ga., became the first person elected to the U.S. Senate under the terms of the recently ratified 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for popular election of senators.
1916 Boeing Co., originally known as Pacific Aero Products Co., was founded in Seattle.
1932 President Herbert Hoover announced he was slashing his own salary by 20 percent, from $75,000 to $60,000 a year; he also cut Cabinet members' salaries by 15 percent, from $15,000 to $12,750 a year.
1971 President Richard Nixon delivered a televised address in which he announced that he had accepted an invitation to visit the People's Republic of China.
2008 In an All-Star game that began at dusk and ended at 1:37 a.m. the next morning, the American League defeated the National League 4-3 in 15 innings at Yankee Stadium.
2010 After 85 days, BP stopped the flow of oil from a blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico using a 75-ton cap lowered onto the wellhead earlier in the week.
In The Star
July 15, 1938, in The Star: Two new tennis courts — one for doubles, one for singles — are being built adjacent to the existing two doubles courts near the Axis Club building, City Park Board secretary Sol Yeoman said today. Cost of the construction will be $400. Because of the increase in the number of courts, which all have to be maintained, the board will charge ten cents per hour per player for use of a court. Yeoman said it was analogous to golfers paying greens fees. Also this date: In social news from Webster’s Chapel, we learn that the Roper family held a reunion recently at the home of Earl Roper in honor of the 85th birthday of Dave Roper, senior member of the family. Additionally: Following yesterday’s record high temperature of 95, a storm swooped in last night, damaging a number of trees and structures in the area and causing some power outages. It’s known that the wind exceeded 30 mph and weather observers believed it probably exceeded 40 mph.
July 15, 1988, in The Star: Ralph Bradford of Anniston has written a letter to the editor critical of the selection of Sen. Lloyd Bentsen of Texas to be the running mate of Michael Dukakis on the Democratic presidential ticket this fall. To Bradford, this means Democrats are back to politics as usual, never mind the series of first- and second-place victories scored by Jesse Jackson in the primaries. The consequent message to Jackson’s supporters, Bradford writes, is that “it is still not the time for a dark-skin minority to lead the party to the White House. Congratulations, President Bush — you will find the way to the White House clear and on target.” Also this date: Norvell Powers, 83, an employee of Anniston Army Depot from 1942-70, has had something rewarding to occupy his time for the past few years: an antique shop on Noble Street, in a little pink building sitting atop a small hill.
Birthdays for July 15
Actor Ken Kercheval is 78. Actor Jan-Michael Vincent is 69. Rhythm-and-blues singer Millie Jackson is 69. Rock singer-musician Peter Lewis (Moby Grape) is 68. Singer Linda Ronstadt is 67. Rock musician Artimus Pyle is 65. Actor Terry O'Quinn is 61. Country singer-songwriter Mac McAnally is 56. Model Kim Alexis is 53. Actor Willie Aames is 53. Actor-director Forest Whitaker is 52. Actress Brigitte Nielsen is 50. Rock musician Jason Bonham is 47. Actor Scott Foley is 41. Actor Brian Austin Green is 40.
How I Met Your Mother, 7 p.m. on CBS: When Robin (Cobie Smulders) discovers that Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) never formally asked her father for her hand in marriage, she insists he do so before announcing their engagement. Ted (Josh Radnor) tries to keep his own feelings in check by getting deeply involved in the wedding planning.
2013 Home Run Derby, 7 p.m. on ESPN: This year's Home Run Derby takes place at New York's Citi Field, where the game's top power hitters take aim at the shortened dimensions of a once pitcher-friendly park. Last year, Prince Fielder joined Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players to win multiple derbies when he outslugged Jose Bautista in the final round. This year, Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees and the New York Mets' David Wright will captain the four-man American and National League squads.
The Glades, 8 p.m. on A&E: Jim's (Matt Passmore) latest murder investigation leads him to a trio of lovers in a polyamorous relationship. His visiting father (Corbin Bernsen) has a shocking bit of news for him in this new episode.
Longmire, 9 p.m. on A&E: Walt (Robert Taylor) investigates when a wild horse is discovered dragging a dead body, turning up evidence of an illegal rodeo taking place at a local farm. Detective Fales (Charles S. Dutton) is back in town with some questions for Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips) in this new episode.
Mistresses, 9:01 p.m. on ABC: Stung by the discovery that Savi (Alyssa Milano) kept her pregnancy and affair secret, Joss (Jes Macallan) moves in with April (Rochelle Aytes). Harry and Dominic (Brett Tucker, Jason George) have a tense confrontation at a social event. Karen (Yunjin Kim) meets with Detective Newsome (Gary Dourdan) again, but this one isn't for business. April tries to move on and pursue a relationship with Richard (Cameron Bender) in the new episode "All In."
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