spotlight Highlights from history: July 16 Jul 16, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1911: Ginger Rogers In 1911, actress-dancer Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Mo. Frank Tewkesbury 1945: Atomic Bomb Test In 1945, the United States exploded its first experimental atomic bomb in the desert of Alamogordo (ahl-ah-moh-GOHR'-doh), New Mexico; the same day, the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis left Mare (mar-AY') Island Naval Shipyard in California on a secret mission to deliver atomic bomb components to Tinian Island in the Marianas. HOPD 1957: John Glenn In 1957, Marine Corps Maj. John Glenn set a transcontinental speed record by flying a Vought F8U Crusader jet from California to New York in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8.4 seconds. ANTHONY CAMERANO 1964: Barry Goldwater In 1964, as he accepted the Republican presidential nomination in San Francisco, Barry M. Goldwater declared that "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" and that "moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." STF 1969: Apollo 11 On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the surface of the moon. Ron Frehm 1979: Saddam Hussein In 1979, Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq. Anonymous 1980: Ronald Reagan In 1980, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan won the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Detroit. Rusty Kennedy 1981: Harry Chapin In 1981, singer Harry Chapin was killed when his car was struck by a tractor-trailer on New York's Long Island Expressway. NANCY KAYE 1999: John F. Kennedy Jr. In 1999, John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette (bih-SEHT'), died when their single-engine plane, piloted by Kennedy, plunged into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. MATT YORK 2004: Martha Stewart In 2004, Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of home confinement by a federal judge in New York for lying about a stock sale. BEBETO MATTHEWS 2008: Casey Anthony In 2008, Florida resident Casey Anthony, whose 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, had been missing a month, was arrested on charges of child neglect, making false official statements and obstructing a criminal investigation. (Casey Anthony was later acquitted at trial of murdering Caylee, whose skeletal remains were found in December 2008; she was convicted of lying to police.) Red Huber 2009: Barack Obama NAACP Ten years ago: Saying that civil rights leaders from decades past had paved the way for his election as the nation's first black commander in chief, President Barack Obama paid homage to the NAACP during a convention in New York, and advised members that their work remained unfinished. Haraz N. Ghanbari 2014: Johnny Winter Five years ago: Texas blues legend Johnny Winter, 70, died in Zurich. BOB ROSSITER 2014: Russia economic sanctions Five years ago: The U.S. and the European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia; in his announcement, President Barack Obama said, "What we are expecting is that the Russian leadership will see once again that its actions in Ukraine have consequences." Alexei Nikolsky 2018: Bryce Harper One year ago: Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals won the All-Star Home Run Derby in his home ballpark, beating Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs 19-18. Patrick Semansky 2018: Maria Butina One year ago: Federal prosecutors said a 29-year-old gun rights activist, Maria Butina, had been arrested on charges that she served as a covert Russian agent while living in Washington, gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations. (Butina was sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting gathering intelligence on the NRA and other groups at the direction of a former Russian lawmaker.) STR 2018: Trump Putin Summit One year ago: After meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, President Donald Trump openly questioned the finding of his own intelligence agencies that Russia had meddled in the 2016 U.S. election to his benefit. (Trump said a day later that he misspoke.) 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