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On this day, July 7: Jury in Florida decides against the tobacco industry

1 of 5 | On July 7, 1999, a Miami-Dade County jury found leading tobacco companies responsible for several illnesses among smokers in Florida. File photo by Alexis C. Glenn/UPI | Licensed photo

July 7 (UPI) – On this date in history:

In 1846, US Navy Commodore JD Sloat proclaimed the annexation of California by the United States.

In 1865, four people were hanged in Washington for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

In 1898, U.S. President William McKinley signed a joint resolution of Congress authorizing the annexation of Hawaii by the United States.

In 1930, construction began on the Giant Boulder Dam, which was renamed Hoover Dam in 1947.

In 1946, Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850–1917) became the first American woman to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.

In 1976, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York admitted female cadets for the first time in the institution's then 174-year history.

In 1981, US President Ronald Reagan elected Sandra Day O'Connor as the first woman to the US Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed her unanimously.

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In 1999, a Miami-Dade County jury found major tobacco companies responsible for various illnesses among smokers in Florida. The class action lawsuit, filed in 1994, was the first of its kind to go to trial.

In 2005, terrorists carried out an attack on London's public transport network during rush hour. They detonated explosions in three subway carriages and a double-decker bus. 52 people were killed and over 700 injured.

In 2010, a Paris court sentenced former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega to seven years in prison for money laundering. He was found guilty of funneling around $3 million worth of Colombian drug money into French bank accounts.

In 2012, U.S. Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts married his longtime partner Jim Ready in a ceremony officiated by Governor Deval Patrick. He became the first member of Congress to publicly come out as gay and the first to marry a same-sex partner while in office.

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In 2013, Andy Murray became the first British player in 77 years to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon by defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the championship match.

In 2016, a gunman opened fire on an otherwise peaceful Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas, killing four police officers and a transit officer and wounding seven others. Police killed the gunman, who was barricaded in a parking garage, with a robot armed with explosives.

In 2017, Elon Musk's Tesla Motors produced its first mass-produced vehicle, the Model 3.

In 2020, the Trump administration officially notified Congress and the United Nations that the United States would withdraw from the World Health Organization due to its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and China's role in it. Newly sworn-in President Joe Biden reversed the withdrawal in one of his first acts in office in January 2021.

In 2022, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed to resign after months of scandal and calls for his resignation.

In 2023, the US Department of Defense announced that it had destroyed the country's last chemical weapons, completing a decades-long process under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

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