Saturday, July 26, 2014

Today in History: Saturday, July 26, 2014

AP Highlight in History: 
On July 26, 1953, Fidel Castro began a revolt against Fulgencio Batista with an unsuccessful attack on an army barracks in eastern Cuba.
AP Photo/Andrew St. George
On this date in:
1788New York became the 11th state to ratify the Constitution.
1856Playwright George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin, Ireland.
1945Winston Churchill resigned as Britain's prime minister after his Conservatives were soundly defeated by the Labor Party. He was succeeded by Clement Attlee.
1947President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act, creating the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
1948President Harry S. Truman signed executive orders prohibiting discrimination in the U.S. armed forces and federal employment.
1952Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
1956Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal.
1964Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa and six others were convicted of fraud and conspiracy in the handling of a union pension fund.
1971Apollo 15 was launched on a manned mission to the moon.
1990The House of Representatives reprimanded Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., for ethics violations.
1990President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act.
1990The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that a young woman – later identified as Kimberly Bergalis of Florida – had been infected with the AIDS virus, apparently by her dentist.
2000A federal judge approved a $1.25 billion settlement between Swiss banks and more than a half million plaintiffs who alleged the banks had hoarded money deposited by Holocaust victims.
2006A jury in Houston found Andrea Yates not guilty by reason of insanity in the drowning of her children in a bathtub in the second trial she faced on the charges; she was committed to a state mental hospital.
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Kevin Spacey turns 55 years old today.
AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
Marjorie LordActress ("Make Room for Daddy")96
Bob LillyFootball Hall of Famer75
Darlene LoveR&B singer, actress73
Mick JaggerRock singer (Rolling Stones)71
Roger TaylorRock musician (Queen)65
Susan GeorgeActress64
Dorothy HamillFigure skater58
Sandra BullockActress50
Jeremy PivenActor ("Entourage")49
Chris HarrisonTV host ("The Bachelor")43
Kate BeckinsaleActress41
Actress Helen Mirren turns 69 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini
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