This day in history

July 18, 2011

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► Today is Monday, July 18, the 199th day of 2011. There are 166 days left in the year.

► Today’s birthdays: Former South African president Nelson Mandela is 93. Former astronaut and US senator John Glenn (D-Ohio) is 90. Skating champion and commentator Dick Button is 82. Director Paul Verhoeven is 73. Musician Brian Auger is 72. Singer Dion DiMucci is 72. Actor James Brolin is 71. Former MLB player and manager Joe Torre is 71. Singer Martha Reeves is 70. Blues guitarist Lonnie Mack is 70. Pop musician Wally Bryson (The Raspberries) is 62. Country-rock singer Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie League) is 62. Actress Margo Martindale is 60. Singer Ricky Skaggs is 57. Rock musician Nigel Twist (The Alarm) is 53. Actress Anne-Marie Johnson is 51. Actress Elizabeth McGovern is 50. Rock musician John Hermann (Widespread Panic) is 49. Rock musician Jack Irons is 49. Actor Vin Diesel is 44. Former NBA star Penny Hardaway is 40. Actor Eddie Matos is 39. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Torii Hunter is 36. Singer-songwriter M.I.A. is 36. Rock musician Daron Malakian is 36. Rock musician Tony Fagenson (Eve 6) is 33. Director Jared Hess is 32. Actor Jason Weaver is 32. Actress Kristen Bell is 31. Rock singer Ryan Cabrera is 29. Christian-rock musician Aaron Gillespie is 28. Actor Chace Crawford is 26. Bluegrass musician Joe Dean Jr. (Dailey & Vincent) is 22.

► In 1536, the English Parliament passed an act declaring the authority of the pope void in England.

► In 1610, highly influential Italian Baroque artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio died in Porto Ercole at 38.

► In 1792, American naval hero John Paul Jones died in Paris at 45.

► In 1811, English novelist William Makepeace Thackeray was born in Calcutta.

► In 1940, the Democratic National Convention at Chicago Stadium nominated President Franklin D. Roosevelt for an unprecedented third term.

► In 1969, a car driven by US Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island; his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, 28, drowned.

► In 1981, six weeks after being paroled from prison, Jack Henry Abbott, acclaimed for his book “In the Belly of the Beast,’’ fatally stabbed waiter Richard Adan. (Abbott was convicted of manslaughter and sent back to prison; he later committed suicide.)

► In 2010, a suicide bomber struck anti-Al Qaeda Sunni fighters waiting for paychecks southwest of Baghdad, killing 45. Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa shot a 1-under-par 71 for a seven-stroke victory at 16-under 272 in the British Open.

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