Today in History: July 7th


Some of the historical events that took place on July 7th, that made headlines in the last five years:

2014 Fossils of prehistoric bird species Pelagornis sandersi have been uncovered at the Charleston, S.C. airport; the species is the largest-known bird discovered to date, with a wingspan of approximately 24 feet

2014 The Obama administration requests $3.7 billion to address a flood of children crossing the U.S. border unaccompanied by adults; the children are to be returned to their home countries

2013 At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, Andy Murray wins the Men’s Singles after beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets; he becomes the first British man to win since Fred Perry’s Wimbleton 1936 win

2013 A call for demonstrations is held by opponents of deposed President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt

2012 The brother of Columbian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1982 Nobel Prize of Literature recipient, announces he suffers from Dementia and can no longer write

2012 Tennis pro Serena Williams beats Agnieszka Radwanska in the Women’s Singles final at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships

2011 In China, a fire in a coal mine in Shandong Province leaves at least 36 people trapped underground

2011 In efforts to avoid food shortages and political oppression, South Korea begins work on a new facility to house North Korean refugees

2010 A heat wave in the U.S. and Canada kills 9 people