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Friday, July 22, 2005

Today in History: July 22

1587: Settlers arrive at Roanoke Island, Virginia and build a settlement.  Before a return ship can arrive, all 117 of the colonists will disappear, leaving only the word "Croatoan" carved on a tree.

1796: Agents of the Connecticut Land Co., surveying the area that will become Ohio, name a newly created township in honor of the expedition’s commander, Moses Cleaveland.

1898: Writer Stephen Vincent Benét is born at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His The Devil and Daniel Webster is one of the most perfect pieces of legal literature ever written.

1908: Albert Fisher founds the Fisher Body Co. to manufacture bodies for carriages and automobiles. It will later be acquired by General Motors Corp.

1923: Future Senator and Presidential candidate Robert Joseph Dole (Washburn Law 1952) is born at Russell, Kansas.

1934: Bank robber and "Public Enemy No. 1" John Dillinger is shot to death by FBI agents outside the Biograph Theater in the Lincoln Park district of Chicago. He had just seen the gangster drama Manhattan Melodrama, with Clark Gable, William Powell, and Myrna Loy.

1937: The U.S. Senate rejects President Roosevelt’s plan to increase the size of the Supreme Court by adding as many as six new seats he could fill.

1950: Canada’s tenth Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King (Toronto Law 1896) dies at his home near Ottawa.

1966: Loral Corp. yields to pressure from Austin Instruments to make important contract concessions on subcontracts for a Navy contract, a decision that will later lead to Austin Instruments Inc. v. Loral.

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