Today in History: July 7

Today in History: July 7

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1742

A Spanish force invading Georgia runs headlong into the colony's British defenders. The battle decides the fate of a colony.

1777

American troops give up Fort Ticonderoga, on Lake Champlain, to the British.

1791

Benjamin Rush, Richard Allen and Absalom Jones found the Non-denominational African Church.

1795

Thomas Paine defends the principal of universal suffrage at the Constitutional Convention in Paris.

1798

Napoleon Bonaparte's army begins its march towards Cairo from Alexandria.

1807

Czar Alexander meets with Napoleon Bonaparte.

1814

Sir Walter Scott's novel Waverley is published anonymously so as not to damage his reputation as a poet.

1815

After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, the victorious Allies march into Paris.

1853

Japan opens its ports to trade with the West after 250 years of isolation.

1863

Confederate General Robert E. Lee, in Hagerstown, Maryland, reports his defeat at Gettysburg to President Jefferson Davis.

1925

Afrikaans is recognized as one of the official languages of South Africa, along with English and Dutch.

1927

Christopher Stone becomes the first British 'disc jockey' when he plays records for the BBC.

1941

Although a neutral country, the United States sends troops to occupy Iceland to keep it out of Germany's hands.

1943

Adolf Hitler makes the V-2 missile program a top priority in armament planning.

1966

The U.S. Marine Corps launches Operation Hasting to drive the North Vietnamese Army back across the Demilitarized Zone in Vietnam.

1969

The first U.S. units to withdraw from South Vietnam leave Saigon.

1981

Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court.