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On July 8 in
1776 Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, outside the State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia.
1853 An expedition led by Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Yedo Bay, Japan, on a mission to find out whether the U.S. and the Japanese could be friends.
1889 The Wall Street Journal was first published.
1907 Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first "Follies," on the roof of the New York Theater.
1947 Demolition work began in New York City to make way for the new permanent headquarters of the United Nations.
1975 President Gerald R. Ford announced he would seek a second term of office.
1994 Kim Il Sung, North Korea's communist leader since 1948, died at age 82.
In The Star
July 8, 1938, in The Star: The newly formed Anniston Lions Club will receive its charter at a meeting planned for July 29, it was announced today following a meeting of the new group at the Sanitary Café last night. The next meeting of the club will be held July 15. Also this date: Improved business conditions from now until Christmas were predicted today by Mayor W. S. Coleman upon his return from San Francisco, gathering point for a Kiwanis International convention. “Everybody I saw was full of optimism about business taking an upturn the last half of the year,” Mayor Coleman said.
July 8, 1988, in The Star: Dr. D. Wesley Smith, formerly of Anniston, was recently named most outstanding teaching intern at Chandler Medical Center at the University of Kentucky. Smith is currently completing his first year of surgical residency. He’s married to Cherie Johnson Smith.
Thought for Today:
“Let us not be afraid to help each other. Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and Senators and Congressmen and government officials but the voters of this country.” — President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a speech in Marietta, Ohio, July 8, 1938.
Birthdays for July 8
Singer Steve Lawrence is 78. Actor Jeffrey Tambor is 69. Actress Kim Darby is 66. Actress Anjelica Huston is 62. Writer Anna Quindlen is 61. Actor Kevin Bacon is 55. Actor Robert Knepper is 54. Rock musician Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode) is 52. Country singer Toby Keith is 52. Actor Rocky Carroll is 50. Actor Corey Parker is 48. Actor Billy Crudup is 45. Actor Lance Gross is 32. Actress Sophia Bush is 31. Rock musician Jamie Cook (Arctic Monkeys) is 28. Actor Jake McDorman is 27. Actor Jaden Smith is 15.
American Ninja Warrior, 7 p.m. on NBC: Baltimore is the setting for this new episode, where competitors take on four obstacles new to the contest: the Downhill Jump, Prism Tilt, Swing Jump and Circle Cross. Those competitors include former Harlem Globetrotter William "Bull" Bullard, who hopes to repeat last season's success, and Luis Moco, who made it to the finals but was forced by an injury to drop out.
Switched at Birth, 7 p.m. on ABCFamily: This new episode imagines an alternate reality in which Regina (Constance Marie) had told the hospital about the switch when she discovered it. In this universe, both Bay and Daphne (Vanessa Marano, Katie Leclerc) would have been raised by the Kennishes (D.W. Moffett, Lea Thompson), and Daphne would have a cochlear implant and a major attitude, while Bay would be a straight-A student.
Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls, 8 p.m. on NBC: You've seen Bear Grylls test his own survival skills on his cable series. In this new competition, he leads 10 teams of two through a variety of wilderness challenges on New Zealand's South Island. One pair goes home each week, until the duo that has shown the most heart, courage, initiative and resolve is rewarded with a cash prize.
The Glades, 8 p.m. on A&E: Does this mean that Jim Longworth and Shawn Spencer are brothers? Corbin Bernsen, best known these days as Shawn's dad on Psych, guest stars in this new episode as Jim's (Matt Passmore) father, who pays him an unexpected visit. Jim's current case is a murder that looks to be ritualistic, and his investigation leads him into a secretive community.
The Fosters, 8 p.m. on ABCFamily: Stef and Lena (Teri Polo, Sherri Saum) invite Lexi's (Bianca A. Santos) devout parents, Ernesto and Sofia (Carlos Sanz, Justina Machado), to dinner, and when Stef's own father (Sam McMurray) shows up, things get heated. Callie (Maia Mitchell) meets someone from her past at a foster kids therapy group. Wyatt (Alex Saxon) throws a destructive party. Mike (Danny Nucci) is late to take Brandon (David Lambert) to an audition in the new episode "Saturday."
Major Crimes, 8 p.m. on TNT: Tom Berenger guest stars in this new episode as Jack Raydor, Sharon's (Mary McDonnell) long-estranged husband, who's come to Los Angeles to work as a court-appointed attorney. He and Rusty (Graham Patrick Martin) take an instant liking to each other, but Sharon keeps her guard up.
Longmire, 9 p.m. on A&E: Walt (Robert Taylor) and his colleagues have only a little information to work with as they try to prevent the murder of a woman whose husband was overheard trying to order a hit on her. A former cop from Philadelphia arrives in Durant, raising Vic's (Katee Sackhoff) suspicions, in this new episode.
God, Guns & Automobiles, 9 p.m. on History Channel: Would you buy a used car from this man? Bet you would, given the chance. This new reality series stars Mark Muller, whose auto dealership in tiny Butler, Mo., sells cars the old-fashioned way. Mark, whose brother and business partner is radio personality Mancow, will do anything to make a deal, and that includes helping out farmers who might be low on cash.
Mistresses, 9:01 p.m. on ABC: Savi (Alyssa Milano) tries to mend fences with Harry (Brett Tucker), who continues to avoid her. Someone breaks into Karen's (Yunjin Kim) office, and she fears her patient files might have been compromised in the new episode "Payback."
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