KING’S COLLEGE OPEN FOR BUSINESS
On July 7, 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 its first president. The first classes were held for eight students in a schoolhouse adjoining Trinity Church on lower Broadway.
On July 7, 1956: Artist and journalist William “Bill” Lagattuta was born in NYC. After an early start at reporting at just 14, Laguttuta covered high-profile stories such as the Los Angeles riots following the Rodney King trial as well as the massacre in Tiananmen Square. After finishing his career with many awards under his belt, Laguttuta retired from journalism to become an artist and sculptor.
METS PITCHER LOSES 26th STRAIGHT GAME
On July 7, 1993: Mets pitcher Anthony Young lost the 26th straight game the Mets played that season. Young went on to lose 27 in all, breaking the MLB record which was set in by Cliff Curtis in the 1910-11 season.