spotlight Highlights from history: July 9 Jul 9, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1850: Zachary Taylor On July 9, 1850, the 12th president of the United States, Zachary Taylor, died after serving only 16 months of his term. (He was succeeded by Millard Fillmore.) AP 1947: Princess Elizabeth & Philip Mountbatten In 1947, the engagement of Britain's Princess Elizabeth to Lt. Philip Mountbatten was announced. AP 1962: Andy Warhol In 1962, pop artist Andy Warhol's exhibit of 32 paintings of Campbell's soup cans opened at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. AP 1974: Earl Warren In 1974, former U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren died in Washington at age 83. AP 1982: Pan Am Flight 759 Crash In 1982, Pan Am Flight 759, a Boeing 727, crashed in Kenner, Louisiana, shortly after takeoff from New Orleans International Airport, killing all 145 people aboard and eight people on the ground. AP 1992: Bill Clinton & Al Gore In 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton tapped Tennessee Sen. Al Gore to be his running mate. AP 1992: Eric Sevareid In 1992, former CBS News commentator Eric Sevareid died in Washington at age 79. AP 1995: Jerry Garcia In 1995, Jerry Garcia performed for the final time as frontman of the Grateful Dead during a concert at Chicago's Soldier Field (Garcia died a month later). AP 2001: Augusto Pinochet In 2001, a divided court in Chile ruled that Gen. Augusto Pinochet could not be tried on human rights charges because of his deteriorating health and mental condition, a ruling that effectively brought the 85-year-old former dictator's legal troubles to an end. AP 2009: Group of Eight Ten years ago: The Group of Eight industrialized nations opened their summit in L'Aquila, Italy, to Group of Five developing countries Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa, as well as Egypt. AP 2009: Michael Phelps Ten years ago: Michael Phelps broke the then-world record in the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. national championships in Indianapolis, swimming the two-lap final in 50.22 seconds. AP 2014: Barack Obama Five years ago: President Barack Obama began a two-day visit to Texas, where he met with state officials, including Gov. Rick Perry, to discuss the influx of unaccompanied children at the U.S.-Mexico border. AP 2014: Eileen Ford Five years ago: Modeling agency founder Eileen Ford, 92, died in Morristown, New Jersey. AP 2018: Brett Kavanaugh One year ago: President Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected federal appeals court judge, for the Supreme Court to fill the seat left vacant by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Kavanaugh would be confirmed in October after a contentious nomination fight.) AP 2018: Harvey Weinstein One year ago: Former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to new sexual assault charges involving a third woman. AP 2018: Starbucks Straws One year ago: Starbucks announced that it would eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, citing the environmental threat to oceans. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Recommended View All Promotions promotion spotlight Which season suits you best? promotion spotlight ENTRIES CLOSE MONDAY: Win up to $1,000 when you enter the 2018 Destinations Photo Contest!