A look at notable happenings on this day July 7:
1998 – Acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola (M.K.O.), Nigeria’s hope for democracy (as the said election was regarded as freest and fairest” election ever,) died on this day July 7, 1998, while in detention on the day he was to be released.
1802 – 1st comic book “The Wasp” is published
1928 – Sliced bread sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company, Missouri. Described as the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.
1996– Nelson Mandela steps down as President of South Africa.
2015 – The World Boxing Organization (WBO) has taken back Floyd Mayweather’s welterweight title belt, won after his recent victory over Manny Pacquiao; WBO stripped the title after Mayweather failed to pay a $200,000 fee and vacate his existing titles.
2007 – An official declaration of the new Seven Wonders of the Modern World was made determined from a worldwide poll organized by the New7Wonders Foundation.
The New Wonders of the World are:
1. The Great Wall of China
2. Petra, Jordan
3. Christ Redeemer Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Statue of Jesus stands some 38 meters tall, atop the Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro)
4. Machu Picchu, Peru (Ancient Inca City built by the Incan Emperor Pachacútec halfway up the Andes Plateau, and deep in the Amazon jungle)
5. Pyramid at Chichén Itzá, Mexico (the most famous Mayan temple city, served as the political and economic center of the Mayan civilization)
6. The Roman Colosseum, Italy (This great amphitheater in the center of Rome to celebrate the glory of the Roman Empire)
7. The Taj Mahal, India (This immense mausoleum by the fifth Muslim Mogul emperor, to honor the memory of his beloved late wife.
2009 – A public memorial service is held for musician Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California broadcast live around the world.
That’s it on Today In History…