Today in History for 26th July 2018

Historical Events

1944 – The first German V-2 rocket hits Great Britain (nicknamed “gasometer”).
1944 – US offensive at St-Lo/2nd Armour div occupies St Gilles
1948 – President Harry Truman issues Executive Order No. 9981 to desegregate the US armed forces, directing “equality of treatment and opportunity” in the military
1987 – Catfish Hunter Billy Williams and Ray Dandridge inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame
1990 – General Hospital records its 7,000th episode
2017 – US President Donald Trump announces policy to ban transgendered people from the military, overturning Obama era changes

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Famous Birthdays

1881 – Alexander J. Kropholler, Dutch architect and writer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1973)
1919 – Kenneth Snowman, antiquarian
1922 – Hoyt Wilhelm [James], American Major League Baseball player and knuckleball pitcher (New York Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers), born in Huntersville, North Carolina (d. 2002)
1931 – A M F (Sandy) Ross, managing-director (Mary Quant)
1940 – Dobie Gray [Lawrence Brown], American musician and singer (Drift Away), born in Simonton, Texas (d. 2011)
1967 – Anthony Durante, American professional wrestler (d. 2003)

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Famous Deaths

1719 – Johann Georg Christian Storl, composer, dies at 43
1836 – Jose Melchor Gomiz y Colomer, composer, dies at 45
1941 – Marx Dormoy, French socialist, killed by a time bomb
1956 – Miguel Bernal Jiminez, composer, dies at 46
1995 – George Romney, politician, dead Heart attack, dies at 88
2013 – Rolf Haufs, German writer , dies at 77

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