TDIH: July 27

July 27, 1974–> Nixon Recommended for Impeachment

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As a result of the infamous scandals that became known as Watergate, the House Judiciary Committee on this July 27 in history recommended that Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon be impeached and subsequently removed from the office of POTUS. In May of 1974, the Committee began its formal impeachment hearings against the President. On July 27 of the same year, the first article of impeachment Richard was passed. Two additional articles for contempt of Congress and abuse of power were approved on the 29 and 30 of July. On August 5, Nixon cooperated with a Supreme Court ruling forcing him to give the transcripts of missing tapes from Watergate, and in light of this new evidence he was found in a cover up of the break-in. On August 8, 1974, Tricky Dick announced his resignation instead of waiting to get impeached, becoming the first US president to leave office on his own accord.

July 27, 1993–> RIP Reggie Lewis

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Oh boy. Giving me the #feels on this Thursday. While shooting around at the Brandeis University Gym, Boston Celtics all star forward and player for the future Reggie Lewis collapsed on the practice court on July 27, 1993, just a year removed from his first and only all star appearance. This was an enormous blow to the Celtics and their fanbase, as the team was looking for youth in light of the aging “big 3” and especially considering a similar thing happened with their second overall pick from just a year earlier, Len Bias (RIP). Reggie Lewis was drafted 22nd overall in the 1987 NBA draft, and waited for a while for his shot at the pro level, until a new coach and an injury to Larry Bird helped him carve out 30 mpg and 18.5 points per contest his sophomore campaign. Lewis put up 20.8 ppg in his last two seasons, finished with a career average of 17.6 points per contest, and was selected to his only all star game in 1992. Larry Retired in 1992 the team became Reggie’s. In the first game of the 1993 playoffs against the Charlotte Hornets Lewis collapsed on court, and was looked at by numerous cardiologists in the area. They diagnosed him with a dangerous form of cardiac arrhythmia that led to severe heart damage and they told him to cut his basketball career short. Obviously he had his own plans, he hired his own team of doctors who told him what he wanted to hear, and had plans to return to the Celtics for the ’93-’94 season. Why must the good die young?

 

July 27, 2003–> RIP in Peace Bob Hope

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It’s almost as if life doesn’t last forever or something… If only someone had warned me sooner! On this day, July 27, 14 years ago, Bob Hope died at his home in Toluca Lake, California at age 100. Best recognized for entertaining American armed forces members for more than 50 years, Bob had a career that spanned the entirety of 20th century entertainment, from vaudeville to radio, to Broadway musicals, to TV and movies. His tours to military bases during times of peace and war (Vietnam, the Persian Gulf), became his calling card. He was so heralded for his work with the US Armed Forces that Congress made Hope an honorary veteran in 1997. It was one of the many many honors that Hope received throughout his career. He was granted honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth in 1998. RIP in peace to one of the greatest entertainers America has ever had the pleasure of experiencing. 

 

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