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JANE MATILDA BOLIN WAS SWORN IN

On July 22nd, 1939: Jane Matilda Bolin became the country’s first black woman to become a judge. She was sworn into the bench of the New York City Domestic Relations Court by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia. An incredibly intelligent and accomplished student and litigator, Bolin was also the first African-American female to graduate from Yale Law School, the first to join the New York City Bar Association, and the first to join the New York City Law Department.

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MATTINGLY HIT HIS 200TH HOMER

On July 22nd, 1993: New York Yankee Don Mattingly hit his 200th career home run. The first baseman’s three-run shot boosted the Yankees’ 12-1 defeat of the visiting California Angels.

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BORN ON THIS DAY: KRISTINE LILLY

On July 22nd, 1982: Former professional soccer player Kristine Marie Lilly was born. Still in high school at the time, Lilly made her debut for the US women’s national soccer team in 1987. During her 24-year international career, she surpassed the previous women’s world record of 151 caps and, a year later in 1999, what was then the men’s record of 164 caps. Lilly also competed in three Olympic Games (1996, 2000, and 2004) as well as in five FIFA Women’s World Cups. At the 1996 and 2004 Olympics, she won a gold medal and in 2000, a silver. Lilly has been an assistant coach for the Boston Breakers since 2012.

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