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KING’S COLLEGE OPEN FOR BUSINESS

On July 7, 1754: King’s College, known today as 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.

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BILL LAGATTUTA

On July 7, 1956: Artist and journalist William “Bill” Lagattuta was born in New York City. After an early start at reporting at just 14 years old, 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, he 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. He went on to lose a total of 27 games, breaking the MLB record which was set by Cliff Curtis in the 1910-11 season.

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