Sunday, June 7, 2015

Today in History for June 7, 2015

Bessemer, Ala. native Bo Jackson.
June 7, 1494 – Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Tordesillas which divided the New World between the two countries.

June 7, 1498 - Christopher Columbus left on his third voyage of exploration.

June 7, 1712 - The Pennsylvania Assembly banned the importation of slaves.

June 7, 1775 - The United Colonies changed their name to the United States.

June 7, 1776 – Richard Henry Lee presented the "Lee Resolution" to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia that would declare the colonies independent. The motion was seconded by John Adams and led to the United States Declaration of Independence.

June 7, 1825 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette met with local Revolutionary War veterans at Silvius Hoard's Tavern, Rochester, N.Y.

June 7, 1862 – The United States and the United Kingdom agreed to suppress the slave trade.

June 7, 1862, Alabama author Johnson Jones Hooper died in Richmond, Va.

June 7, 1863 - A Confederate attempt to rescue Vicksburg and a Rebel garrison held back by Union forces to the east of the city fails when Union troops turn back the attack at the Battle of Milliken’s Bend, La.

June 7, 1892 – Benjamin Harrison became the first President of the United States to attend a baseball game.

June 7, 1895 – A teachers institute for the white teachers of Monroe County, Ala. was scheduled to be held at Perdue Hill on this Friday. The Hon. J.G. Harris, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction, was one of the scheduled speakers. An institute for colored teachers was also scheduled for that same day at Bethel Church, near Monroeville, and was to be conducted by F.J. Marshall.

June 7, 1867 - Journalist and poet Theodore O'Hara died near Guerryton, Ala.

June 7, 1879 – Danish anthropologist and explorer Knud Rasmussen in Ilulissat in western Greenland. He has been called the “father of Eskimology” and was the first European to cross the Northwest Passage via dog sled.

June 7, 1892 - John Joseph Doyle became the first pinch-hitter in baseball when he was used in a game.

June 7, 1899 – Novelist Elizabeth Bowen was born in Dublin, Ireland.

June 7, 1909 - Hon. Nicholas Stallworth, age 64, died at 2 a.m. at his home on Evergreen’s Main Street, after a long illness. A long-time judicial circuit solicitor, he was also a former state senator, prominent Mason, Knight of Pythias and active member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. He joined the Conecuh Guards at age 15 and was youngest member of the Fourth Ala. Reg. He was wounded at Battle of Cold Harbor, was discharged, and later became Adjutant of the 23rd Ala. After the war, he became a lawyer and farmer.

June 7, 1913 - Hudson Stuck, an Alaskan missionary, led the first successful ascent of Mt. McKinley, the highest point on the American continent at 20,320 feet.

June 7, 1920 - Author and Poet Laureate Carl Patrick Morton was born in Leeds, Ala.

June 7, 1935 – Novelist Harry Crews was born in Bacon County, Ga.

June 7, 1936 – Croatian explorer Stjepan Seljan passed away at the age of 60 in Ouro Preto, Brazil.

June 7, 1949 – The Hi-Ho Restaurant on Pineville Road in Monroeville, Ala., less than half a mile from the square, opened. It was operated by Emma Yarbrough and Buck Marshall.

June 7, 1952 – Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul.

June 7, 1954 – Novelist and poet Louise Erdrich was born in Little Falls, Minnesota.

June 7, 1962 – In the Evergreen (Ala.) Senior League, the Pirates beat the Indians, 2-0. Pirates pitcher Steve Baggett threw a one-hitter, had to hits and drove in both his team’s runs. Paul Deason pitched for the Indians.

June 7, 1964 – In an incident often attributed to the “Bermuda Triangle,” licensed pilot Carolyn Cascio and one passenger, who were flying in a light plane, vanished on a flight from Nassau to Grand Turk Island, Bahamas.

June 7, 1965 – The Evergreen Pony League was scheduled to open the 1965 season with a 6:30 p.m. game at the field at the Recreation Center in Evergreen, Ala. Bill Chapman was the league’s president.

June 7, 1968 – Army Sgt. William Morris Cooper of Georgiana, Ala. was killed in action in Vietnam.

June 7, 1971 – Army PFC Edwin Radford, a 1970 graduate of Evergreen High School, began a two-week assignment as an Army hometown recruiter in Evergreen, Ala. He’d recently completed airborne training at Fort Benning, Ga.

June 7, 1974 – British adventurer, author and television host Edward Michael “Bear” Grylls was born in the United Kingdom.

June 7, 1978 - Alabama author Lee McGiffin died in Fort Worth, Texas.

June 7, 1979 - Alabama author Forrest Carter died in Abilene, Texas.

June 7, 1982 - Steve Garvey became the fifth player in Major League Baseball history to play in 1,000 consecutive games.

June 7, 1982 – Priscilla Presley opened Graceland to the public. The bathroom where Elvis Presley died five years earlier was kept off-limits.

June 7, 1983 - Steve Carlton temporarily passed Nolan Ryan in career strikeouts when he registered his 3,522nd.

June 7, 1986 - The Kansas City Royals drafted football star Bo Jackson, the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner out of Auburn University, in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft. Jackson’s decision to pursue baseball instead of football shocked the NFL and football fans across the country.

June 7, 1987 – Walter “Johnny D.” McMillian was arrested for the murder of Ronda Morrison of Monroeville, Ala.

June 7, 1989 - The Toronto Skydome hosted the first baseball game to be played indoors and outdoors in the same day. The roof was closed when the weather became threatening.

June 7, 1993 - The ground breaking ceremony was held for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

June 7, 1998 - The Baltimore Orioles retired Eddie Murray's No. 33 jersey.

June 7, 2013 – Jacob May, the grandson of Birmingham, Ala. native Lee May, was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the third round, 91st overall, in the 2013 MLB Draft. Lee May, known as the “Big Bopper,” was a three-time All Star.

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