Daily Archives: July 7, 2015

Four Lincoln assassination conspirators executed 150 years ago this hour (July 7 1865)


Video: 'Ken Burns The Civil War: Episode 9 The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) |Ken Burns Docum' (July 7, 1865, at 31:48)

(Friday, July 7, 1865, 1:26 p.m. local time) — Four people, including Mary Surratt, Lewis Powell, David Herold, and George Atzerodt, were hanged today in the Old Arsenal Penitentiary courtyard in Washington, D.C., after being convicted of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.

Surratt was the first woman to be executed by the U.S. federal government.

Daytime drama ‘Ryan’s Hope’ premieres on ABC-TV 40 years ago this hour (July 7 1975)


Video: 'Ryan's Hope - July 7, 1975 (1)'

(Monday, July 7, 1975, 1:00 p.m. EDT)Ryan’s Hope, a television soap opera that revolves around the trials and tribulations within a large Irish-American family in the Riverside district of New York City, debuted this afternoon on ABC. Continue reading Daytime drama ‘Ryan’s Hope’ premieres on ABC-TV 40 years ago this hour (July 7 1975)

President Truman sets sail for Potsdam Conference 70 years ago this hour (July 7 1945)


Video: 'Pres. Truman En Route to Conference, 1945/07/19' (July 7-15, 1945, at 0:00-1:33)

(Saturday, July 7, 1945, 7:00 a.m. EWT; during World War II) — U.S. President Harry S. Truman departed Newport News, Virginia, this morning aboard the USS Augusta, bound for Antwerp, Belgium, for the Potsdam Conference with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin beginning July 17, 1945, in Potsdam, occupied Germany (click here for a clip of this event from “American Experience: Truman” at 1:52:51). Continue reading President Truman sets sail for Potsdam Conference 70 years ago this hour (July 7 1945)