This day in history

July 19, 2011

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► Today is Tuesday, July 19, the 200th day of 2011. There are 165 days left in the year. ► Today’s birthdays: Former US senator and presidential candidate George McGovern is 89. Actress Helen Gallagher is 85. Country singer Sue Thompson is 85. Country singer George Hamilton IV is 74. Singer Vikki Carr is 71. Country singer-musician Commander Cody is 67. Actor George Dzundza is 66. Rock singer-musician Alan Gorrie (Average White Band) is 65. Rock musician Brian May is 64. Rock musician Bernie Leadon is 64. Actress Beverly Archer is 63. Director Abel Ferrara is 60. Actor Peter Barton is 55. Rock musician Kevin Haskins (Love and Rockets; Bauhaus) is 51. Director Atom Egoyan is 51. Actor Campbell Scott is 50. Actor Anthony Edwards is 49. Country singer Kelly Shiver is 48. Actress Clea Lewis is 46. Country musician Jeremy Patterson is 41. Classical singer Urs Buhler is 40. Actor Andrew Kavovit is 40. Rock musician Jason McGerr (Death Cab for Cutie) is 37. Actor Jared Padalecki is 29. Actor Steven Anthony Lawrence is 21. ► In 1553, King Henry VIII’s daughter Mary was proclaimed queen of England after pretender Lady Jane Grey was deposed. ► In 1848, a pioneer women’s rights convention convened in Seneca Falls, N.Y. ► In 1961, TWA became the first airline to begin showing regularly scheduled in-flight movies as it presented “By Love Possessed,’’ starring Lana Turner, to its first-class passengers. ► In 1969, Apollo 11 and its astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz’’ Aldrin, and Michael Collins, went into orbit around the moon. ► In 1980, the Moscow Summer Olympics began, minus dozens of nations that were boycotting the games because of the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan. ► In 1986, Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late President Kennedy, married Edwin A. Schlossberg in Centerville. ► In 1989, a United Air Lines DC-10 crashed while making an emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa; 111 people were killed and 185 others survived. ► In 1990, President George H.W. Bush joined former presidents Reagan, Ford, and Nixon at ceremonies dedicating the Nixon Library and Birthplace (since redesignated the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum) in Yorba Linda, Calif. ► In 2006, President George W. Bush issued his first presidential veto, rejecting a bill that could have multiplied federal money for embryonic stem cell research. ► In 2010, the Agriculture Department pressured Shirley Sherrod, an administrator in Georgia, to resign after a conservative website posted edited video it claimed showed her making racist remarks. (After reviewing the entire video, the White House ended up apologizing to Sherrod.) A train slammed into another at a station north of Calcutta, killing 63 people.

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