On July 7 in

1834 Racist people in New York City really didn’t like other people who were trying to abolish slavery. Four nights of terrorism against the latter group, and against black people, began.

1911 The North Pacific Fur Seal Convention of 1911, signed by the U.S., Great Britain, Russia and Japan, limited the hunting of seals. It was the first-ever international treaty aimed at preserving wildlife.

1928 A baking company in Missouri sold the first packaged, sliced bread. Uniformly machine-sliced bread apparently WAS a big deal.

1954 Radio station WHBQ in Memphis played the first Elvis Presley recording for Sun Records, the song being “That’s All Right.”

In The Star

July 7, 1939, in The Star: W. H. Weatherly, chairman of the board of First National Bank, has bought the building at 1006 Noble Street, occupied for the past 15 years by the business known as Silver’s Store. Mr. Weatherly bought the property from the heirs of J. D. Garner for an unreported amount. This is Mr. Weatherly’s second major purchase of downtown property this year – he bought the Caldwell Building a few months ago – and the fifth major property transaction in the district this year. Observers are taking the spate of purchases as a sign of overall confidence in the local economy. Also this date: W. D. (Bill) Ellis is now operating the Woco Pep Filling Station at 15th Street and Moore Avenue. He was formerly at Bob Clark’s Service Station at 13th Street and Wilmer Avenue. Additionally: On the sports page we learn that Bobby Riggs of Chicago, America’s top amateur, has won the men’s singles title in the all-England tennis championships at Wimbledon. Riggs’ opponent – in what’s being described as one of the most stirring matches ever played on Wimbledon’s historic court – was another American, Elwood Cooke of Portland, Ore., who in previous matches was always able to get the better of Riggs. But not this time. 

July 7, 1989, in The Star: Even the Bard can't outwit the weather, as Jacksonville State University's Drama Department has found out. The department's attempt to offer an outdoor production of Shakespeare's ''The Comedy of Errors'' has been just that, according to Drama Department Chairman Carlton Ward. The production, which was set for JSU's fully equipped amphitheater at the Alabama 21 and 11th Street, has been moved to the Stone Performing Arts Center where productions are usually presented. The JSU amphitheater is equipped with permanent restrooms, relatively sophisticated lighting facilities and dressing rooms. However, when the rains come, it's like a topless convertible, Ward said. ''We had attempted on three different occasions last week to have rehearsals over there, but it just kept raining. We've probably had 15 straight days of rain,'' Ward said. Ward said the scenery was built to suit either the amphitheater or the Stone Center stage. ''We set it up like a touring production.'' But, because of the rain, he added, ''We never got to tour.''

Birthdays for July 7

Musician Doc Severinsen is 87. Author David McCullough is 80. Musician Ringo Star(drummer, The Beatles) is 70. Actress Shelley Duvall is 65. Musician Ashton Irwin (drummer, 5 Seconds of Summer) is 20.

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