• 3:30 pm Bladen County Sheriff’s office receives recognition for participation in Operation Medicine Drop Take Back Event
  • 3:13 pm A Pinch of Butter blog started by Bladen County native
  • 1:16 pm Vidant Health and Cape Fear Valley Health form partnership to address chronic health conditions
  • 10:57 am Coming soon: World Series for two local baseball teams
  • 5:57 am Thoughts While Shaving for July 22

This Day In History1792 – US Congress passes Presidential Succession Act.

1842 – 1st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Washington, D.C.

1858 – Edwin T Holmes installs 1st electric burglar alarm (Boston, Massachusetts)

1878 – World’s 1st telephone directory issued, 50 subscribers (New Harbor, Connecticut)

1887 – Oregon becomes 1st US state to make Labor Day a holiday.

1903 – Cornerstone laid for US army war college, Washington, D.C.

1918 – The last Carolina parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.

1931 – Alka Seltzer introduced.

1947 – 1st instant developing camera demonstrated by Edwin Land in NYC.

1951 – SC House urges “Shoeless Joe” Jackson be reinstated.

1970 – Jackson 5 make TV debut on “American Bandstand”

1971 – Series of tornadoes cuts though Mississippi & Louisiana killing 117.

1972 – Richard Nixon becomes the first US President to visit China, normalizing relations between the countries.

1975 – Watergate figures John Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman & John D Ehrlichman sentenced to 2 1/2-to-8 years for conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

1983 – Donald Davis runs 1 mile backwards in 6 m, 7.1 s.

1988 – Televangelist Jimmy Swaggert confesses his sins to his congregation.

1989 – US bust Chinese drug smuggling ring, capturing a record 820 lbs. of heroin worth $1 billion at street value.

1997 – STS 82 (Discovery 22) lands.

1997 – “Empire Strikes Back, special edition” premieres.

2014 – US President Barack Obama meets with the Dalai Lama.