Today in History for 26th July 2019

Historical Events

1805 – Naples/Calabria struck by Earthquake; about 26,000 die
1865 – Patrick Francis Healy is 1st African American awarded PhD (from University of Leuven, Belgium)
1977 – USSR performs underground nuclear Test
1994 – Cambodia’s Red Khmer surprise attack on train, kills 13
2005 – Space Shuttle program: STS-114 Mission – Launch of Discovery, NASA’s first scheduled flight mission after the Columbia Disaster in 2003
2018 – Sir Paul McCartney performs a secret gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles began

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Famous Birthdays

1896 – Charles Butterworth, American actor (Mad Genius), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1946)
1906 – Irena Iłłakowicz, Polish agent of Intelligence, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1943)
1949 – William M Shepherd, American Navy SEAL and NASA astronaut (STS 27, 41, 52), born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
1962 – Galina Chistyakova, Russian jumper (world record 1988), born in Izmail, Ukraine
1970 – Kenny Wilhite, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
1985 – Gaël Clichy, French footballer (İstanbul Başakşehir), born in Toulouse, France

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Famous Deaths

1801 – Daniel Dal Barba, Italian composer, dies at 86
1957 – Carlos Castillo Armas, Dictator and President of Guatemala (1954-57), assassinated by a palace guard with leftist sympathies at 42
1995 – George Romney, politician, dead Heart attack, dies at 88
1996 – Arthur McDonald, Royal Air Force officer and radar pioneer, dies at 93
2005 – Gilles Marotte, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1945)
2010 – Ben Keith [Bennett Keith Schaeufele], American musician and record producer (Neil Young, Great Speckled Bird), dies at 73

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