2018-07-11 / Columns

Moments in Time

• On July 15, 1606, Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn is born in Leiden, the son of a miller. His humble origins may help account for the uncommon depth of compassion given to the human subjects of his art.

• On July 11, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signs the Federal Aid Road Act. Since the mid-19th century, the building and maintenance of roads had been seen as a state and local responsibility.

• On July 13, 1930, France defeats Mexico 4-1 and the United States defeats Belgium 3-0 in the first-ever World Cup soccer matches, played simultaneously in host city Montevideo, Uruguay. The World Cup has since become the world’s most watched sporting event.

• On July 9, 1947, in a ceremony at the Pentagon, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower appoints Florence Blanchfield a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, making her the first woman in U.S. history to hold permanent military rank.

• On July 14, 1968, Atlanta Braves slugger Henry “Hank” Aaron hits the 500th home run of his career. Aaron retired in 1976 as the all-time leader in runs batted in, extra base hits and total bases. He was named to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.

• On July 12, 1984, Walter Mondale, Democratic presidential candidate, announces his choice of Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate, the first woman nominated by a major party for the vice presidency.

• On July 10, 1992, the Alaska court of appeals overturns the conviction of Joseph Hazelwood, the former captain of the oil tanker Exxon Valdez. Hazelwood, who was found guilty of negligence for the massive oil spill in Prince William Sound in 1989, argued that he was entitled to immunity because he had reported the oil spill 20 minutes after the ship ran aground.

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