Today is Monday, July 9, the 190th day of 2018 with 175 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include actor/singer Ed Ames in 1927 (age 91); English artist David Hockney in 1937 (age 81); actor Brian Dennehy in 1938 (age 80); actor Richard Roundtree in 1942 (age 76); writer Dean R. Koontz in 1945 (age 73); rock singer Bon Scott (AC/DC) in 1946; football star/actor/convict O.J. Simpson in 1947 (age 71); former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in 1950 (age 68); entertainer John Tesh in 1952 (age 66); actor Chris Cooper in 1951 (age 67); actor Jimmy Smits in 1955 (age 63); businessman/reality star Kevin O'Leary in 1954 (age 64); actor Tom Hanks in 1956 (age 62); actor Kelly McGillis in 1957 (age 61); musician Courtney Love in 1964 (age 54); musician Jack White in 1975 (age 43); actor Fred Savage in 1976 (age 42); actor Mitchel Musso in 1991 (age 27); actor Douglas Booth in 1992 (age 26); actress Georgie Henley in 1995 (age 23).
On this date in history:
In 1850, U.S. President Zachary Taylor died suddenly of cholera. He was succeeded by Millard Fillmore.
In 1868, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing African Americans full citizenship and all people in the United States due process under the law.
In 1877, the first Wimbledon tennis tournament was contested at the All-England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club.
In 1893, Chicago surgeon Dr. Daniel Hale Williams performed the first successful open-heart surgery.
In 1943, U.S., Canadian and British forces invaded Sicily during World War II.
In 1947, Florence Blanchfield is appointed lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, becoming the first woman to hold a permanent military rank.
In 1960, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev threatened the United States with rockets if U.S. forces attempted to oust the communist government of Cuba.
In 1982, a Pan Am Boeing 727 jetliner crashed in Kenner, La., shortly after takeoff from New Orleans, killing 154 people.
In 1992, Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Clinton picked U.S. Sen. Al Gore, D-Tenn., as his running mate.
In 1993, British and Russian scientists identify the remains of the last Russian czar's family found in a shallow grave in Yekaterinburg two years before.
In 2004, a report by the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence accused the CIA and other intelligence agencies of producing false and misleading pre-war information about Iraq's weapons program.
In 2006, a S7 Airlines Airbus from Moscow taking children to a vacation area in Siberia crashed, killing about 120 of the 203 people aboard.
In 2010, the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution condemning North Korea's alleged sinking of a South Korean naval vessel. North Korea repeatedly denied involvement in the attack that left 46 people dead.
In 2011, after more than half a century of struggle and violence that claimed an estimated 2 million lives, the Republic of South Sudan declared its independence from Sudan and became Africa's 54th nation.
In 2014, former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, convicted in February of bribery, money laundering and other offenses, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
In 2017, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the Islamic State militant group in Mosul after months of fighting.
A thought for the day: Ronald Reagan said democracy "is worth dying for because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man."