Valdosta Daily Times

July 16, 2013

Today in History for Tuesday, July 16, 2013


The Associated Press

-- — Highlight in History

On July 16, 1973, during the Senate Watergate hearings, former White House aide Alexander P. Butterfield publicly revealed the existence of President Richard Nixon’s secret taping system.



On this date

In 1945, the United States exploded its first experimental atomic bomb in the desert of Alamogordo, N.M.

In 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the surface of the moon.



Ten years ago

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it was starting big-money, long-term cleanups at ten Superfund toxic waste sites and putting ten other sites aside for later. A car driven by 87-year-old George Russell Weller plowed through a farmers market in Santa Monica, Calif., killing 10 people and injuring more than 70. (Weller was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years of probation.) Cuban-born “Queen of Salsa” Celia Cruz died in Fort Lee, N.J., at age 77.



Five years ago

Republican John McCain addressed the annual convention of the NAACP, telling the civil rights group in Cincinnati he would expand education opportunities, partly through vouchers for low-income children to attend private schools. Israel freed notorious Lebanese militant Samir Kantar and four others after Hezbollah guerrillas handed over the bodies of two Israeli soldiers. Florida resident Casey Anthony, whose 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, had been missing for a month, was arrested on charges of child neglect, making false official statements and obstructing a criminal investigation.



One year ago

North Korea reshuffled its military, dismissing its army chief — a key mentor to young ruler Kim Jong Un — and promoting a little-known general to an important position in the million-man force.

Singer Kitty Wells, whose hits such as “Making Believe” and “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” made her the first female superstar of country music, died at age 92.