Today is Sunday, July 7, the 188th day of 2019. There are 177 days left in the year.

Today in history

On July 7, 1981, President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Also on this date:

In 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C. for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln: Lewis Powell (aka Lewis Payne), David Herold, George Atzerodt and Mary Surratt, the first woman to be executed by the federal government.

In 1937, the Second Sino-Japanese War erupted into full-scale conflict as Imperial Japanese forces attacked the Marco Polo Bridge in Beijing.

In 1948, six female U.S. Navy reservists became the first women to be sworn in to the regular Navy.

Fun fact

Sunflowers can help clean radioactive soil. Japan is using this to rehabilitate Fukashima. Almost 10,000 packets of sunflower seeds have been sold to the people of the city.

Just for laughs

Doctor: “What does your tattoo say?”

Me: “Oh, ‘Live fast, die young.’ ”

Doctor: [Checks test results.] “Perfect.”

Trending words

“Burgeon:” verb; (bur·​geon). Definition: To send forth new growth (such as buds or branches): sprout or bloom; to grow and expand rapidly: flourish.

From Merriam-Webster

Today’s birthdays

Musician-conductor Doc Severinsen is 92. Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough is 86. Rock star Ringo Starr is 79. Comedian Bill Oddie is 78. Singer-musician Warren Entner (The Grass Roots) is 76. Actor Joe Spano is 73. Pop singer David Hodo (The Village People) is 72. Country singer Linda Williams is 72. Actress Shelley Duvall is 70. Actress Roz Ryan is 68. Actor Billy Campbell is 60. Actor Robert Taylor is 59. Rock musician Mark White (Spin Doctors) is 57. Singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard is 56. Actor-comedian Jim Gaffigan is 53. Actress Amy Carlson is 51. Actress Jorja Fox is 51. Actress Cree Summer is 50. Actress Robin Weigert is 50. Actress Kirsten Vangsness is 47. Actor Troy Garity is 46. Actress Berenice Bejo is 43. Actor Hamish Linklater is 43. Olympic silver and bronze medal figure skater Michelle Kwan is 39. Rapper Cassidy is 37. Country singer Gabbie Nolen is 37. Actor Ross Malinger is 35. Actor-comedian Luke Null (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 29. Pop musician Ashton Irwin (5 Seconds to Summer) is 25. Country singer Maddie Marlow (Maddie and Tae) is 24.

The Edge is compiled by Dallas Marshall. She can be contacted at

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