Today is Tuesday, July 9th, the 191st day of the year.   There are 175

Richard Roundtree
Richard Roundtree

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  National Hot Dog Month,

National Ice Cream Month, National Blueberry Month, National

Sugar Cookie Day!


O.J. Simpson
O.J. Simpson

Shelton Benjamin, 49, wrestler

Kiely Williams, 38, singer

Ashley Young, 38, soccer player


June Jordan, 88, author/poet (d. 2002)

Richard Roundtree, 82, actor (d. 2023)

O.J. Simpson, 77, football player/actor (d. 2024)

Gwen Guthrie, 74, singer/songwriter (d. 1999)

Kiely Williams
Kiely Williams


Isabel Sanford, 2004, actress (The Jeffersons) (b. 1917)

Milan Williams, 2006, keyboard player (Commodores) (b. 1948)


1793 – The Act Against Slavery is passed in Upper Canada and the importation

of slaves into Lower Canada is prohibited.

Isabel Sanford
Isabel Sanford

1868 – The 14th Amendment is ratified guaranteeing African Americans full

citizenship and all persons in the United States due process of law.

1868 – 1st black cabinet member in SC (Francis L Cardozo-sect of state).

1893 – Dr. Daniel Hale Williams performed the 1st open heart operation

without anesthesia.

1955 – First black executive on White House staff (E Frederic Morrow).

1981 – Jacksons begin a 36-city tour.

The Jacksons
The Jacksons

1981 – Donkey Kong, a video game created by Nintendo, is released. The game

marks the debut of Nintendo’s future mascot, Mario.

1997 – Mike Tyson is banned from boxing for biting Holyfield’s ear


Being a Cancer born on July 9th, you are masterfully in-touch with your feelings, as well as those of others, which makes you both sympathetic and compassionate. Although you are comfortable with your own emotions as well, you are far from an open book. You are ruled by the inclination to mostly keep your feelings private and secretive. It is this mysterious nature that often frustrates even your closest friends as they struggle to understand you.

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