Tuesday, July 19, 2011

This day in history

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[July 19, 2011]  (AP)  Today is Tuesday, July 19, the 200th day of 2011. There are 165 days left in the year.

HardwareToday's highlight in history:

On July 19, 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.

On this date:

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 1870, the Franco-Prussian war began.

In 1943, allied air forces raided Rome during World War II.

In 1969, Apollo 11 and its astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins, went into orbit around the moon.

In 1979, the Nicaraguan capital of Managua fell to Sandinista guerrillas, two days after President Anastasio Somoza fled the country.

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 President John F. Kennedy, married Edwin A. Schlossberg in Centerville, Mass.

In 1989, 111 people were killed when a United Air Lines DC-10 crashed while making an emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa; 185 other people survived.

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush joined former presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald R. Ford and Richard M. Nixon at ceremonies dedicating the Nixon Library and Birthplace (since redesignated the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum) in Yorba Linda, Calif.

Ten years ago: Japanese prosecutors charged a U.S. airman with rape in an alleged attack on a woman in Okinawa. (Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Woodland was later convicted and sentenced to nearly three years in prison.) Circus animal trainer Gunther Gebel-Williams died in Venice, Fla., at age 66.

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Five years ago: President George W. Bush issued his first presidential veto, rejecting a bill that could have multiplied federal money for embryonic stem cell research. Actor Jack Warden died in New York at age 85.

One year ago: 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, India, killing 63 people. Australian David Warren, who'd invented the "black box" flight data recorder, died in Melbourne at age 85.

Today's birthdays: Former Sen. 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. Movie director Abel Ferrara is 60. Actor Peter Barton is 55. Rock musician Kevin Haskins (Love and Rockets; Bauhaus) is 51. Movie 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 (Il Divo) 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.

Thought for today: "An optimist will tell you the glass is half-full; the pessimist, half-empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be." -- Anonymous

[Associated Press]

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