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Matthew Hedger
07/11/2014 1:06 PM

Today is Friday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2014 with 173 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

In 1804, U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr killed longtime political foe Alexander Hamilton, the first treasury secretary, in a duel at Weehawken, N.J.

In 1847, songwriter Stephen Foster's first major hit, Oh! Susanna, was performed for the first time, in a Pittsburgh saloon, and soon became a standard for minstrel shows.

In 1859, Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities was published.

In 1952, U.S. Army Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate, with Richard Nixon as his running mate. (They were elected that November.)

In 1955, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado was dedicated, with 300 cadets in its first class.

In 1960, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird was published.

In 1979, The United States' Skylab space station fell to Earth, scattering tons of debris across the Australian desert.

In 1995, the United States resumed diplomatic relations with Vietnam.

In 2006, more than 200 people were killed and another 700 injured in coordinated rush-hour terrorist attacks on the transit system in Mumbai.

In 2008, Tony Snow, who was press secretary under U.S. President George W. Bush and a Fox News Channel host, died of cancer at age 53.

In 2011, an overloaded Russian cruise ship with a malfunctioning engine capsized in the Volga River during a thunderstorm and quickly sank, killing 122 people. There were 79 survivors.

In 2013, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said she wouldn't defend the state 's ban against same-sex marriage. Kane, a Democrat, said, It is now the time here in Pennsylvania to end another wave of discrimination. (In May 2014, a federal judge struck down the Pennsylvania ban.)

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