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KING’S COLLEGE OPEN FOR BUSINESS

On July 7th, 1754: King’s College (later Columbia University) opened. Founded by a royal charter of King George II, the college was begun as an Anglican establishment, lead by the Yale-educated Dr. Samuel Johnson as the first president. The first classes were held for eight students in a schoolhouse adjoining Trinity Church on lower Broadway.

Image Courtesy of Episcopal News Service

Image Courtesy of Episcopal News Service

METS PITCHER LOSES 26th STRAIGHT GAME

On July 7th, 1993: Mets pitcher Anthony Young lost the 26th straight game in which he had a decision. He went on to lose 27 in all, breaking the MLB record which was set in by Cliff Curtis in the 1910-11 season.

Image Courtesy of Comc

Image Courtesy of Comc

BORN ON THIS DAY: BILL LAGATTUTA

On July 7th, 1956: Artist and journalist William “Bill” Laguttuta was born. After an early start at reporting when he was just 14, Laguttuta made this early passion into a career, reporting both locally and abroad He covered high-profile stories such as the Los Angeles riots following the Rodney King trial as well as the massacre in Tiananmen Square while in Beijing. After finishing his career with many awards for reporting under his belt, Laguttuta retired from journalism to become an artist and sculptor.

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