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This day in history

July 23, 2011

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► Today is Saturday, July 23, the 204th day of 2011. There are 161 days left in the year. ► Today’s birthdays: Actress Gloria DeHaven is 86. Concert pianist Leon Fleisher is 83. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is 75. Actor Ronny Cox is 73. Radio personality Don Imus is 71. Country singer Tony Joe White is 68. Rock singer David Essex is 64. Actor Larry Manetti is 64. Singer-songwriter John Hall is 63. Actress Belinda Montgomery is 61. Rock musician Blair Thornton (Bachman Turner Overdrive) is 61. Actress Edie McClurg is 60. Actress-writer Lydia Cornell is 58. Actor Woody Harrelson is 50. Rock musician Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) is 50. Actor Eriq Lasalle is 49. Rock musician Slash is 46. Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is 44. Rock musician Nick Menza is 43. Model-actress Stephanie Seymour is 43. Actress Charisma Carpenter is 41. Rhythm & blues singer Sam Watters is 41. Country singer Alison Krauss is 40. Rhythm & blues singer Dalvin DeGrate is 40. Rock musician Chad Gracey (Live) is 40. Actor-comedian Marlon Wayans is 39. Country singer Shannon Brown is 38. Actress Kathryn Hahn is 38. Former Red Sox star Nomar Garciaparra is 38. Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky is 38. Actress Stephanie March is 37. Country musician David Pichette (Emerson Drive) is 34. Rhythm & blues singer Michelle Williams is 31. Actor Paul Wesley is 29. Actor Daniel Radcliffe is 22. ► In 1885, Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died in Mount McGregor, N.Y., at 63. ► In 1914, Austria-Hungary issued a list of demands to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serb assassin; the dispute led to World War I. ► In 1945, French Marshal Henri Petain, who had headed the Vichy government during World War II, went on trial, charged with treason. (He was convicted and condemned to death, but the sentence was commuted.) ► In 1952, Egyptian military officers led by Gamal Abdel Nasser launched a successful coup against King Farouk I. ► In 1967, a week of deadly race-related rioting that claimed 43 lives erupted in Detroit. ► In 2001, Pope John Paul II urged President George W. Bush in their first meeting, held at Castel Gandolfo, Italy, to bar creation of human embryos for medical research. ► In 2006, former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was hospitalized on the 17th day of a hunger strike; he appeared thinner but healthy at his trial a few days later.