Today in history: On July 15, designer Gianni Versace shot dead

Today in History

Today is Friday, July 15, the 196th day of 2022. There are 169 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On July 15, 1916, Boeing Co., originally known as Pacific Aero Products Co., was founded in Seattle.

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In 1834, the Spanish Inquisition was abolished more than 3 and a half centuries after its creation.

In 1870, Georgia became the last Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union.

In 1913, Democrat Augustus Bacon of Georgia became the first person elected to the U.S. Senate under the recently ratified 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for popular election of Senators.

In 1975, three American astronauts blasted off aboard an Apollo spacecraft hours after two Soviet cosmonauts launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft for a mission that included linking the two ships into orbit.

In 1976, a 36-hour kidnapping ordeal began for 26 schoolchildren and their bus driver as they were abducted near Chowchilla, California by three gunmen and imprisoned in an underground cell. (The captives escaped unharmed; the captors were captured.)

In 1996, MSNBC, a 24-hour streaming news network, debuted on cable and the Internet.

In 1997, fashion designer Gianni Versace (ver-SAH’-chay), 50, was shot dead outside his Miami Beach home; Suspected shooter Andrew Phillip Cunanan (koo-NAN’-an), 27, was found dead eight days later, a suicide. (Investigators believed Cunanan killed four other people before Versace in a cross-country rampage that began the previous March.)

In 2002, John Walker Lindh, an American who had fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia to two crimes in a deal that spared him life in prison.

In 2016, Donald Trump chose Indiana Governor Mike Pence, an experienced politician with deep connections to Washington, as his running mate.

In 2018, President Donald Trump arrived in Finland for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Earlier, in an interview with CBS News, Trump named the European Union as one of the main adversaries of the United States.

In 2019, confessed white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. was sentenced to life in prison plus 419 years for killing one and injuring dozens of others when he deliberately drove his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters during a a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In 2020, George Floyd’s family filed a lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and the four police officers charged in his death, alleging that officers violated Floyd’s rights when they restrained him and the city allowed him to a culture of excessive force, racism and impunity to flourish. in his font. (The city would agree to pay $27 million to settle the lawsuit in March 2021.)

Ten years ago: Syria’s 16-month bloodbath passed an important symbolic threshold when the International Red Cross formally declared the conflict a civil war, a status with implications for potential war crimes prosecutions . A Russian Soyuz craft launched into the morning sky over Kazakhstan, carrying three space travelers, including NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, to the International Space Station. Oscar-winning actor Celeste Holm, 95, has died in New York.

Five years ago: After being rejected twice for U.S. visas, a robotics team of all girls from Afghanistan arrived in Washington for an international competition after President Donald Trump used a rare ” parole” to circumvent the visa system; the case had become a flashpoint in the debate over Trump’s efforts to restrict entry into the United States. Two former high-ranking Penn State administrators have turned themselves in to serve prison sentences for responding to a 2001 complaint about assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky taking a shower with a boy. Garbine Muguruza (GAHR’-been moo-gah-ROO’-thuh) defeated Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 to win the Wimbledon title. Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau has died aged 89.

A year ago: A jury found gunman Jarrod Ramos criminally responsible for the murder of five people in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland in 2018. (Ramos would be sentenced to more than five life sentences without possibility parole.) Amid a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, Los Angeles County officials have said masks will once again be required indoors, even for people who have been vaccinated.

Today’s birthday: actor Patrick Wayne turns 83. R&B singer Millie Jackson is 78 years old. Singer and rock musician Peter Lewis (Moby Grape) is 77 years old. Singer Linda Ronstadt is 76 years old. Rock musician Artimus Pyle is 74 years old. Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post, is 72. Actress Celia Imrie is 70 years old. Actor Terry O’Quinn is 70 years old. Singer and rock musician David Pack is 70 years old. Rock musician Marky Ramone is 70 years old. Rock musician Joe Satriani is 66 years old. Country singer-songwriter Mac McAnally is 65. Model Kim Alexis is 62 years old. Willie Aames is 62 years old. Actor-director Forest Whitaker is 61. Actor Lolita Davidovich is 61 years old. Actor Shari Headley is 59 years old. Actor Brigitte Nielsen is 59 years old. Rock musician Jason Bonham is 56 years old. Actor Amanda Foreman is 56 years old. RSinger & B Stokley (mint condition) is 55 years old. Actor-comedian Eddie Griffin is 54 years old. Actor Reggie Hayes is 53 years old. Actor-screenwriter Jim Rash is 51 years old. Rock musician John Dolmayan is 50 years old. Actor Scott Foley is 50 years old. Actor Brian Austin Green is 49. Rapper Jim Jones is 46. Actress Diane Kruger is 46 years old. Actress Lana Parrilla (LAH’-nuh pa-REE’-uh) is 45 years old. Rock musician Ray Toro (My Chemical Romance) is 45. Actress Laura Benanti is 43 years old. Actor Travis Fimmel is 43 years old. Actor Taylor Kinney is 41 years old. Actor-singer Tristan “Mack” Wilds is 33 years old. Actor Medalion Rahimi is 30 years old. Actor Iain Armitage (TV: “Big Little Lies” “Young Sheldon”) is 14 years old.

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