MILESTONES: July 16 birthdays for Barry Sanders, Carli Lloyd, Will Ferrell
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include former Mets catcher Norm Sherry, who was born in 1931; International Tennis Hall of Famer Margaret Court, who was born in 1942; Pro Football Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson, who was born in 1943; “Crossover Dreams” star Ruben Blades, who was born in 1948; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stewart Copeland (The Police), who was born in 1952; “Angels in America” playwright Tony Kushner, who was born in 1956; “V” star Faye Grant, who was born in 1957; “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” star Phoebe Cates, who was born in 1963; former “Saturday Night Live” star Will Ferrell, who was born in 1967; Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, who was born in 1968; “Stand by Me” star Corey Feldman, who was born in 1971; and Olympic gold medalist and U.S. Women’s World Cup soccer champion Carli Lloyd, who was born in 1982.
A CAPITAL IDEA: On this day in 1790, President George Washington signed legislation that selected the District of Columbia as the permanent capital of the U.S. Boundaries of the district were established in 1792. Plans called for the government to remain housed at Philadelphia until 1800, when the new national capital would be ready for occupancy.
THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT: The first atomic bomb was tested on this day in 1945. The experimental plutonium bomb was set off at 5:30 a.m. in the New Mexico desert. Dubbed “Fat Boy” by its creator, it vaporized the steel scaffolding holding it as an immense fireball rose 8,000 feet in a fraction of a second, creating a mushroom cloud to a height of 41,000 feet. At ground zero the bomb emitted heat three times the temperature of the interior of the sun. All plant and animal life for a mile around ceased to exist.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“It’s not how many great plays you make; it’s how few bad ones you make.”
— Jimmy Johnson, who was born on this day in 1943
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