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Today in History


Published Time: 2019-07-19 10:07:22

Company: ABC News - Author: N/A


  • Today in History Today is Friday, July 19, the 200th day of 2019.
  • In 1961, TWA became the first airline to begin showing regularly scheduled in flight movies as it presented "By Love Possessed" to first class passengers on a flight from New York to Los Angeles.
  • In 1979, the Nicaraguan capital of Managua fell to Sandinista guerrillas, two days after President Anastasio Somoza fled the country.
  • (McAuliffe and six other crew members died when the Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff in January 1986.) In 1989, 111 people were killed when United Air Lines Flight 232, a DC 10 which suffered the uncontained failure of its tail engine and the loss of hydraulic systems, crashed while making an emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa; 185 other people survived.
  • Nixon at ceremonies dedicating the Nixon Library and Birthplace (since redesignated the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum) in Yorba Linda, California.
  • In 1993, President Bill Clinton announced a policy allowing homosexuals to serve in the military under a compromise dubbed "don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue." In 2016, Republicans meeting in Cleveland nominated Donald Trump as their presidential standard bearer; in brief videotaped remarks, Trump thanked the delegates, saying: "This is a movement, but we have to go all the way." Ten years ago: A Russian owned civilian helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff from southern Afghanistan's largest NATO base, killing 16 civilians.
  • Eighty one year old Hershel McGriff became the oldest driver to take part in a national NASCAR series race, finishing 13th in a Camping World West Series event at Portland International Raceway.
  • Five years ago: A New York City police officer (Daniel Pantaleo) involved in the arrest of Eric Garner, who died in custody two days earlier after being placed in an apparent chokehold, was stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk duty.
  • Actor James Garner, 86, died in Los Angeles.
  • One year ago: The White House said President Donald Trump had invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House in the fall for a second get together, just days after a Helsinki summit that brought Trump criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike.
  • Rock singer musician Alan Gorrie (Average White Band) is 73.
  • Thought for Today: "An optimist will tell you the glass is half full; the pessimist, half empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be." Author unknown.