Today in History
Today is Monday, July 4, the 185th day of 2022. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hershel W. “Woody” Williams, the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, will lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday.
LONDON (AP) — Peter Brook, a British theater and film director known for an influential and distinguished career which saw him garner worldwide acclaim, has died. He was 97.
The two-time Tony Award winner, who had settled in France decades ago, directed the film adaptations of his best stage works as well as the 1963 movie “Lord of the Flies.”
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Bill Simpson never knew Ike Coffee, but he heard numerous stories about him from when his mother and aunts were growing up.
Simpson said Coffee lived in a small apartment attached to the James Stewart family home.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The daughter of a reporter slain earlier this week in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas died Friday of wounds suffered in the attack that killed her father.
On Wednesday, Antonio de la Cruz became the 12th journalist killed so far this year in Mexico, when a man on a motorcycle fired at him in his car outside his home.
HAVANA (AP) — Gen. Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Calleja, one of the most trusted advisers to former Cuban President Raul Castro and head of the country's military business division, died on Friday at age 62.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former Associated Press board chair Frank A. Daniels Jr., who shepherded The News & Observer of Raleigh through an era of political and economic transformation in the New South, died Thursday at age 90.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana's largest department is getting new leadership, Gov. Greg Gianforte said Thursday.
Adam Meier is leaving as director of the Department of Public Health and Human Services on Aug.
TORONTO (AP) — Jim Pappin, the former NHL forward credited with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ last Stanley Cup-winning goal, has died. He was 82.
The Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks announced the death Wednesday on social media.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hershel W. “Woody” Williams, the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, whose heroics under fire over several crucial hours at the Battle of Iwo Jima made him a legend in his native West Virginia, died Wednesday.
LONDON (AP) — Deborah James, a British broadcaster who raised millions for cancer research and was recognized by Prince William for her work, has died. She was 40.
James hosted a BBC podcast called “You, Me and The Big C" in which she spoke in a no-nonsense approach about living with bowel cancer.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, a prominent member of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community who founded a volunteer paramedic service before his reputation came crashing down in a series of sexual abuse allegations, has died.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Stenger, who served as the U.S. Senate’s sergeant-at-arms and resigned after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, has died. He was 71.
Stenger died Monday of natural causes, according to two people familiar with the matter.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former Alaska state Sen. Dennis Egan, the son of the state's first governor, has died. He was 75.
Alaska Senate Democrats in a statement announced that Egan died Tuesday morning.
MINDEN, La. (AP) — A north Louisiana mayor has died after battling cancer.
The city of Minden announced Tuesday that Mayor Terry Gardner had died at age 66 of complications from cancer.
KTBS-TV reports that Gardner had been hospitalized over the weekend, a month after he announced that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer.
GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP) — After an unexpected 3-0 series defeat on the previous tour of Sri Lanka six years ago, Australia expects to bat much better on spin-friendly pitches in the two-test series in Galle starting on Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving has decided to exercise his $36.9 million option for the coming season and will remain under contract with the Brooklyn Nets, two people with knowledge of his decision said Monday.
Marlin Briscoe, who became the first Black starting quarterback in the American Football League more than 50 years ago, died Monday. He was 76.
His daughter, Angela Marriott, told The Associated Press that Briscoe died of pneumonia at a hospital in Norwalk, California.
ROME (AP) — Leonardo Del Vecchio, who founded eyewear empire Luxottica in a trailer and turned an everyday object into a global fashion item, becoming one of Italy's richest men in the process, died on Monday, the eyeglass company said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Songwriter Kenneth “Ken” Williams, who wrote or co-wrote hundred of tunes for a vast array of performers, including Donny Hathaway, The Four Tops and Peaches & Herb, including The Main Ingredient's hit “Everybody Plays the Fool,” has died.
LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — The man who founded Speedway Motorsports had a presence Sunday during NASCAR's Ally 400 race at the track his company bought last November.
MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (AP) — An Air Force ROTC cadet from Alaska died in an accident involving a Humvee during a training exercise in Idaho, Mountain Home Air Force Base said Sunday.
Mackenzie Wilson, 19, a cadet at Oregon State University, died of injuries sustained in an accident on Friday.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Florida Atlantic beach volleyball coach Capri Grotowski died after a nearly decade-long battle with breast cancer on Saturday, the university said. She was 38.
She spent eight years coaching at FAU, often while dealing with treatments and the effects of her illness.
DETROIT (AP) — Alexander Jefferson, a member of the celebrated Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, has died at age 100, officials said Friday.
Jefferson was born in Detroit and remained a lifelong resident.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Orlando Magic selected Duke freshman Paolo Banchero on Thursday night with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
After leading the Blue Devils to the Final Four in coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final season, the 6-foot-10 forward was called first by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to begin the draft, beating out fellow first-year forwards Jabari Smith Jr.
No dog ever had a better yard to play in than Drago.
Because as countless Boston Red Sox players and fans saw over the last decade, Drago's playground was Fenway Park.
Sniffing along the Green Monster, exploring the dugouts or simply resting on the pitcher's mound before a game, Drago was a delight.
Hugh McElhenny, the elusive Hall of Fame halfback who starred in the San Francisco 49ers' “Million Dollar Backfield” in the mid-1950s, has died. He was 93.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame said Thursday that McEhlenny died of natural causes June 17 at his home in Nevada, and that son-in-law Chris Permann confirmed the death.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lisa Price, the wife of U.S. Rep. David Price and founder of an advocacy group that seeks to reduce gun violence, died Thursday. She was 82.
The North Carolina congressman said in a statement that his wife died in Chapel Hill after struggling with illness “over the weeks." No cause of death was given though a spokeswoman for Price said his wife had been battling cancer.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nazem Kadri scored at 12:02 of overtime — — perhaps with too many Colorado players on the ice — and the Avalanche beat Tampa Bay 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final to move within a victory of dethroning the two-time defending champion Lightning.
Tony Siragusa, the charismatic defensive tackle who was part of one of the most celebrated defenses in NFL history with the Baltimore Ravens, died Wednesday. He was 55.
Siragusa’s broadcast agent, Jim Ornstein, confirmed the death.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — O. Bruton Smith, who emerged from North Carolina farm country and parlayed his love of motorsports into a Hall of Fame career as one of the biggest track owners and most successful promoters in the history of auto racing, died Wednesday.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the July Fourth holiday this year will feature guest artist and 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan as well as a performance of the Ukrainian national anthem, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A steady stream of protesters has turned the street in front of the Supreme Court building into an open-air forum encapsulating the fierce national debate over abortion after the leak of a draft opinion suggesting the justices would overturn Roe v.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Jonny Nilsson, a Swedish speedskater who won the gold medal in the 10,000 meters at the Winter Olympics at Innsbruck in 1964, has died. He was 79.
Nilsson’s death was announced by his wife, Marianne, on Wednesday.
A breezy January morning made the mid-30 temperatures feel even chillier. But it was an important day for the young man pushing 30 himself . He was about to face his entire family to ask for a loan to seed his new business idea.
HOUSTON (AP) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson’s decision to settle 20 of 24 civil lawsuits for sexual misconduct may not dissuade the NFL from giving him a lengthy suspension, a person familiar with the league’s investigation told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Former Purdue basketball star Caleb Swanigan has died at 25.
The Allen County Coroner's office confirmed Tuesday that Swanigan died Monday of natural causes at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Józef Walaszczyk, a member of the Polish resistance who rescued dozens of Jews during the Nazi German occupation of Poland during World War II, has died aged 102.
Walaszczyk died on Monday, according to the Institute of National Remembrance, a Polish state historical body.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It's only been a month since North Korea acknowledged having a COVID-19 outbreak, after steadfastly denying any cases for more than two years. But already it may be preparing to declare victory.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The father of a Missouri teenager killed after falling from a towering Florida amusement park ride said Monday that he fears his son's death will be forgotten, with tragic consequences for future ride patrons.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Clela Rorex, a former Colorado county clerk considered a pioneer in the gay rights movement for being the first public official to issue a same-sex marriage license in 1975, has died.
MOSCOW (AP) — Gennady Burbulis, a top aide to Russian President Boris Yeltsin who helped prepare and sign the 1991 pact that led to the formal breakup of the Soviet Union, has died. He was 76.
As secretary of state and first deputy chairman of the government from 1991-1992, Burbulis was instrumental in steering the new, post-Soviet Russian state.
NEW YORK (AP) — George Lamming, a giant of post-colonial literature whose novels, essays and speeches influenced readers and peers in his native Barbados and around the world, has died at age 94.
His death this month was confirmed by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who said, “Wherever George Lamming went, he epitomized that voice and spirit that screamed Barbados and the Caribbean.” No cause of death was given.
HELSINKI (AP) — Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, who was Denmark’s foreign minister for more than 10 years from the early 1980s and was considered one of the Nordic region's key politicians in the end phase of the Cold War, has died.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Lennie Rosenbluth, who led North Carolina to its first basketball NCAA title in 1957 with a victory over Wilt Chamberlain and Kansas in the championship game, died Saturday.
SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Wilson Stone, a former Kentucky lawmaker known for his advocacy for education and agriculture, died Friday after a lengthy illness. He was 69.
Stone died at Hospice House of Southern Kentucky in Bowling Green, according to an obituary posted on the website of Scottsville’s Goad Funeral Home.
CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) — Political commentator and columnist Mark Shields, who shared his insight into American politics and wit on “PBS NewsHour” for decades, died Saturday. He was 85.
Shields died at his Chevy Chase, Maryland, home, from kidney failure, “PBS NewsHour” spokesman Nick Massella said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Whitburn, who turned his fascination with the Billboard charts into a career cataloging the history of charted music that kept gatekeepers honest about the performance of hits, has died.
NEW YORK (AP) — Joseph J. Vecchione, whose decade tenure as sports editor of The New York Times included columnist Dave Anderson’s Pulitzer Prize and the hiring of William C. Rhoden to become among the earliest Black columnists at a U.S.