spotlight Highlights from history: July 15 Jul 15, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1799: Rosetta Stone In 1799, French soldiers in Egypt discovered the Rosetta Stone, which proved instrumental in deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. EDMOND TERAKOPIAN 1971: Richard Nixon In 1971, President Richard Nixon delivered a televised address in which he announced that he had accepted an invitation to visit the People's Republic of China. Anonymous 1976: Chowchilla Busnapping On July 15, 1976, a 36-hour kidnap ordeal began for 26 schoolchildren and their bus driver as they were abducted near Chowchilla, California, by three gunmen and imprisoned in an underground cell. (The captives escaped unharmed; the kidnappers were caught.) Anonymous 1985: Rock Hudson In 1985, a visibly gaunt Rock Hudson appeared at a news conference with actress Doris Day (it was later revealed Hudson was suffering from AIDS). CHRIS HUNTER 1996: MSNBC In 1996, MSNBC, a 24-hour all-news network, made its debut on cable and the Internet. WALLY SANTANA 1997: Gianni Versace In 1997, fashion designer Gianni Versace (ver-SAH'-chay), 50, was shot dead outside his Miami Beach home; suspected gunman Andrew Phillip Cunanan, 27, was found dead eight days later, a suicide. (Investigators believed Cunanan killed four other people before Versace in a cross-country spree that began the previous March.) GREGORY SMITH 2002: John Walker Lindh In 2002, John Walker Lindh, an American who'd fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, to two felonies in a deal sparing him life in prison. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE 2008: All-Star game In 2008, in an All-Star game that began at dusk and ended at 1:37 a.m. the next morning, the American League defeated the National League 4-3 in 15 innings at Yankee Stadium. Bill Kostroun 2009: Iranian jetliner Ten years ago: A Russian-made Iranian jetliner carrying 168 people crashed after taking off from Tehran, killing everyone aboard. ASSOCIATED PRESS 2009: Space Shuttle Endeavour Ten years ago: After more than a month's delay, space shuttle Endeavour and seven astronauts thundered into orbit on a flight to the international space station. Chris O'Meara 2010: Gulf Oil Spill In 2010, after 85 days, BP stopped the flow of oil from a blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico using a 75-ton cap lowered onto the wellhead earlier in the week. Anonymous 2014: Mideast Israel Palestinians Five years ago: Israel resumed heavy bombing of Gaza after the Islamic militant group Hamas rejected an Egyptian truce plan and instead unleashed more rocket barrages at the Jewish state. Lefteris Pitarakis 2014: Moscow Subway Derailment Five years ago: More than 20 people died when a Moscow subway train derailed during rush hour. STR 2018: Novak Djokovic One year ago: Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) captured his fourth Wimbledon title, defeating Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3); it was Djokovic's 13th major trophy, but his first in more than two years. Kirsty Wigglesworth 2018: Trump & Putin One year ago: President Donald Trump arrived in Finland for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Earlier, in an interview with CBS News, Trump named the European Union as a top adversary of the United States. Pablo Martinez Monsivais 2018: World Cup One year ago: France won its second World Cup title, beating Croatia 4-2 in the final in Moscow. Martin Meissner Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Recommended View All Promotions promotion Check out the winners of 2019 Readers' Choice awards! promotion Reading Adventures More Latest Local Offers BDS Construction BDS Construction is your interior remodeling specialist. Call today to schedule your free estimate - 563-579-8764 TVC Home Improvements 25% OFF all of our Energy Efficient Windows! Mention this ad when you call Tim at 563-322-1746. Seither & Cherry Call Seither & Cherry for all your industrial equipment installation needs, (319) 524-5472!