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Today In History

Here is what happened
on Thursday - July 19th...

History,  n.  One darn thing after another.

      Famous People Born On This Day In History...

1814Samuel Colt, inventor of the Colt Revolver.
      Today, this person is/would be 204 years old.
1922George McGovern, 1972 American presidential candidate, Tricky Dick won.
      Today, this person is/would be 96 years old.
1962Anthony Edwards, actor "ER".
      Today, this person is/would be 56 years old.

      Events On This Day In History...

711Muslim forces under Tariq ibn Ziyad defeat the Visigoths led by their king Roderic.
1318Austria recognizes the Three Forest Cantons, marking the beginning of modern Switzerland.
1333Wars of Scottish Independence: Battle of Halidon Hill - The final battle of the war.
1544Italian War of 1542: The Siege of Boulogne began.
1553Lady Jane Grey is replaced by Mary I of England as Queen of England after having that title for just nine days.
1588Anglo-Spanish War: In the Battle of Gravelines, the Spanish Armada is sighted in the English Channel.
1692Salem Witch Trials: Five women are hanged for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts.
1695First personal ad looking for a spouse is printed.
1760The formal request to found the later city of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico is filed by its founders.
1848Women’s rights: The two day Women’s Rights Convention opens in Seneca Falls, New York and the "Bloomers" are introduced at the feminist convention.
1870Franco-Prussian War: France declares war on Prussia. Prussia goes on to hand the French a humiliating defeat.
1873William Gosse becomes the first European to discover Ayers Rock (Uluru) and names it in honour of South Australian Premier Sir Henry Ayers.
1879Doc Holliday kills for the first time after a man shoots up Holliday’s New Mexico saloon.
1880San Francisco Public Library allows patrons to start borrowing books.
1912A meteorite with an estimated mass of 190 kg explodes over the town of Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona causing approximately 16,000 pieces of debris to rain down on the town.
1919Following peace day celebrations marking the end of World War I ex-servicemen riot and burnt down Luton Town Hall.
1935First parking meters installed in Oklahoma City business district.
1940World War II: Army order 112 forms the Intelligence Corps of the British Army.
1942World War II: Battle of the Atlantic German Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz orders the last U-boats to withdraw from their United States Atlantic coast positions in response to the effective American convoy system.
1945The Montgomery Ward department corporation is seized by United States Army troops at the direction of Attorney General Francis Biddle because of its refusal to obey National War Labor Board orders. Montgomery Ward chairman Seward Avery is carried out of his office by troops.
1947Burmese nationalist Aung San and 6 of his cabinet members are assassinated.
1955The "Balclutha" ties up at Pier 43 & becomes a floating museum.
1961First in-flight movie is shown on an airplane (courtesy of TWA).
1963Joe Walker flies a North American X-15 to a record altitude of 106,010 metres (347,800 feet) on X-15 Flight 90. Exceeding an altitude of 100 km, this flight qualifies as a human spaceflight under international convention.
1964Vietnam War: At a rally in Saigon, South Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Khanh calls for expanding the war into North Vietnam. The Americans promptly agree.
1976Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal is created.
1979The Sandinista rebels overthrow the US-backed government of the Somoza family in Nicaragua.
1985The Val di Stava dam collapse killing 268 people in Val di Stava, Italy.

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