Today is Monday, July 8, the 189th day of 2019. There are 176 days left in the year.

Today in history

On July 8, 1947, a New Mexico newspaper, the Roswell Daily Record, quoted officials at Roswell Army Air Field as saying they had recovered a “flying saucer” that crashed onto a ranch; officials then said it was actually a weather balloon. (To this day, there are those who believe what fell to Earth was an alien spaceship carrying extra-terrestrial beings.)

Also on this date:

In 1776, Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, outside the State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia.

In 1911, cowgirl “Two-Gun Nan” Aspinwall became the first woman to make a solo trip by horse across the United States, arriving in New York 10 months after departing San Francisco.

Fun fact

The Big Dipper which makes up part of the constellation Ursa Major is known as “The Plough” in the U.K. and “Le Casserole” in France.

These three tweets

1. Sibling relationships are strange — I’ll take a bullet for you, but there’s no way you’re using my phone charger.

@trapppo

2. What can I eat that’s healthy and a doughnut?

@cloverjag

3. I just saw some idiot at the gym put a water bottle in the pringles holder on the treadmill.

@MIKhanX

Trending words

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From Merriam-Webster

Today’s birthdays

Singer Steve Lawrence is 84. Rock musician Jaimoe Johanson is 75. Actress Kim Darby is 72. Actress Jonelle Allen is 71. Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck is 70. Actress Anjelica Huston is 68. Writer Anna Quindlen is 67. Actor Kevin Bacon is 61. Actor Robert Knepper is 60. Rock musician Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode) is 58. Country singer Toby Keith is 58. Rock singer Joan Osborne is 57. Writer-producer Rob Burnett is 57. Actor Rocky Carroll is 56. Actor Corey Parker is 54. Actor Lee Tergesen is 54. Actor Michael B. Silver is 52. Actor Billy Crudup is 51. Actor Michael Weatherly is 51. Singer Beck is 49. Actress Kathleen Robertson is 46. Actor Lance Gross is 38. Actress Sophia Bush is 37. Rock musician Jamie Cook (Arctic Monkeys) is 34. Actor Jake McDorman is 33. Actress Maya Hawke is 21. Actor Jaden Smith is 21.

The Edge is compiled by Dallas Marshall. She can be contacted at dmarshall@lmtribune.com.

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