This day in history: July 1


On this day, July 1 …

1991: President George H.W. Bush nominates federal appeals court judge Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, beginning a successful confirmation process marked by sexual harassment allegations.

Also on this day:

  • 1863: The crucial three-day battle of the Gettysburg Civil War begins in Pennsylvania.
  • 1946: The United States drops a 20-kiloton atomic bomb near the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
  • 1963: Five-digit ZIP codes are released by the U.S. Postal Service.
  • 1973: The Drug Control Administration (DEA) is established.
  • 1979: Sony introduces the Walkman, the first personal stereo tape player.
  • 2002: The world's first permanent war crimes tribunal, the International Criminal Court, is established.
  • 2013: Croatia becomes the 28th member state of the European Union.
  • 2018: Andrés Manuel López Obrador wins the Mexican presidential elections.
  • 2018: Canada begins imposing tariffs on $ 12.6 billion in American products in retaliation for new Trump administration taxes on steel and aluminum imported into the United States.
LeBron James with Los Angeles Lakers.

LeBron James with Los Angeles Lakers.
(AP, file)

  • 2018: LeBron James announces that he would sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in his career.


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