Today is Wednesday, July 19, the 200th day of 2017. There are 165 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight: On July 19, 1961, TWA became the first airline to begin showing in-flight movies on a regular basis as it presented a Peyton Place-style melodrama called “By Love Possessed,” starring Lana Turner, Jason Robards, George Hamilton and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., to first-class passengers on a flight from New York to Los Angeles.
On this date:
In 1553, King Henry VIII’s daughter Mary was proclaimed Queen of England after pretender Lady Jane Grey was deposed.
In 1848, a pioneering women’s rights convention convened in Seneca Falls, New York.
In 1903, the first Tour de France was won by Maurice Garin.
In 1941, Britain launched its “V for Victory” campaign during World War II.
In 1979, the Nicaraguan capital of Managua fell to Sandinista guerrillas, two days after President Anastasio Somoza fled the country.
In 1980, the Moscow Summer Olympics began, minus dozens of nations that were boycotting the games because of the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.
Today’s birthdays: Actress Helen Gallagher is 91. Actress Beverly Archer is 69. Actor Campbell Scott is 56. Actor Anthony Edwards is 55. Country singer Kelly Shiver is 54. Actress Clea Lewis is 52. Country musician Jeremy Patterson is 47.Rock musician Jason McGerr (Death Cab for Cutie) is 43. Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is 41.
Thought for today: “I want to live my life, not record it.” — Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, American first lady (1929-1994)