Today is Thursday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2021. There are 162 days left in the year.
On July 22, In 2015, a federal grand jury indictment charged Dylann Roof, the young man accused of killing nine Black church members in Charleston, South Carolina, with 33 counts including hate crimes that made him eligible for the death penalty. Roof would become the first person sentenced to death for a federal hate crime; he is on death row at a federal prison in Indiana.
On this date
In 1587, an English colony fated to vanish under mysterious circumstances was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina.
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln presented to his Cabinet a preliminary draft of the Emancipation Proclamation.
In 1934, bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside Chicago’s Biograph Theater.
In 1942, the Nazis began transporting Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka concentration camp.
In 1991, police in Milwaukee arrested Jeffrey Dahmer, who later confessed to murdering 17 men and boys (Dahmer ended up being beaten to death by a fellow prison inmate).
In 1992, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar escaped from his luxury prison near Medellin. He was slain by security forces in December 1993.
Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., is 98. Singer George Clinton is 80. Actor Danny Glover is 75. Actor-comedian-director Albert Brooks is 74. Rock singer Don Henley is 74. Actor Willem Dafoe is 66. Actor John Leguizamo is 61. R&B singer Keith Sweat is 60. Actor Joanna Going is 58. Actor Rob Estes is 58. Actor-comedian David Spade is 57. Actor Selena Gomez is 29. Britain’s Prince George of Cambridge is eight.
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