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Today is the 196th day of 2021 and the 26th day of summer.
TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1799, French Lieutenant Pierre- Francois Bouchard found the Rosetta Stone in Rosetta, Egypt. In 1903, Ford Motor Co. took its first order, a Model A automobile for a dentist in Chicago, Illinois.
In 1971, President Richard Nixon announced his intent to visit China in search of a “normalization of relations.”
In 2002, “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh pleaded guilty to having fought as a soldier with the Taliban in Afghanistan. In 2006, the social media platform Twitter was launched.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), painter; Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863), author/poet; St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917), founder of charitable reli- gious order; Clive Cussler (1931-2020), author; Vivian Malone Jones (1942-2005), civil rights activist; Linda Ronstadt (1946- ), singer-songwriter; Arianna Huffington (1950- ), internet pub- lisher; Jesse Ventura (1951- ), wrestler/former governor; Forest Whitaker (1961- ), actor; Adam Savage (1967- ), designer/TV personality; Damian Lillard (1990- ), basketball player.
TODAY’S FACT: The Nintendo Entertainment System debuted in Japan on this day in 1983.
TODAY’S SPORTS: In 2007, the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team became the first professional sports franchise to record its 10,000th loss.
TODAY’S QUOTE: “On the whole … I think we’re dictated by our structure, our past, our environment, our culture. So once you understand the patterns that shape a person, how can you not find sympathy?” — Forest Whitaker
TODAY’S NUMBER: $850 — price of the first automobile sold by Ford Motor Co.
TODAY’S MOON: Between new moon (July 9) and first quar- ter moon (July 17).