Sunday, July 19, 2015

Today in History: Sunday, July 19, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On July 19, 1993, President Bill Clinton announced the "don't ask, don't tell" policy which allowed homosexuals to serve in the military, but not openly.
 
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On this date in:
1553King Henry VIII's daughter Mary was proclaimed Queen of England after pretender Lady Jane Grey was deposed.
1848A pioneer women's rights convention convened in Seneca Falls, N.Y.
1870The Franco-Prussian war, which led to the unification of the German states, began.
1922George McGovern, a U.S. senator and the Democratic presidential candidate in 1972, was born in Avon, S.D.
1969Apollo 11, with Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins on board, went into orbit around the moon.
1979The Nicaraguan capital of Managua fell to Sandinista guerrillas.
1980The Summer Olympics began in Moscow with dozens of nations boycotting because of Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.
1984Congresswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York won the Democratic nomination for vice president at the party's convention in San Francisco. 
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1986Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy, married Edwin A. Schlossberg.
1989A United Air Lines DC-10 crashed while making an emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa, killing 112 people; 184 survived.
2005President George W. Bush announced his choice of federal appeals court judge John Roberts to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
2011Summoned by British lawmakers to answer for a phone hacking and bribery scandal at one of his tabloids, media mogul Rupert Murdoch said he was humbled and ashamed, but accepted no responsibility for wrongdoing.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Anthony Edwards ("ER") turns 53 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Vikki CarrSinger75
Commander CodyCountry singer, musician71
George DzundzaActor70
Ilie NastaseTennis hall of famer69
Brian MayRock musician (Queen)68
Atom EgoyanDirector55
Campbell ScottActor54
Benedict CumberbatchActor39
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