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Celebrations are in order for today's birthdays and anniversaries

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Posted at 11:29 AM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 15:17:47-04

Birthdays

1943 - Mick Jagger, musician – The Rolling Stones (Dartford, England)

1945 - Helen Mirren, actress (London, England)

1956 - Dorothy Hamill, Olympic figure skater (Chicago, IL)

1959 -Kevin Spacey, actor (South Orange, NJ)

1964 - Sandra Bullock, actress (Arlington, VA)

1964 - Danny Woodburn, actor (Philadelphia, PA)

1965 - Jeremy Piven, actor (New York, NY)

1967 - Jason Statham, actor (Shirebrook, England)

1973 - Kate Beckinsale, actress (London, England)

1993 - Taylor Momsen, actress (St. Louis, MO)

 

Anniversaries

1775 - The postal system is established by the Second Continental Congress.

1788 - New York becomes the 11th state in the United States.

1847 - Liberia becomes a republic.

1887 - The first book about Esperanto, Unua Libro, is published by Dr. L.L. Zamenhof.

1891 - Tahiti is annexed by France.

1908 - The FBI is founded by US Attorney General Charles Joseph Boneparte. It was originally called the Office of the Chief Examiner.

1944 - The United States Army begins desegregation.

1947 - President Harry Truman signs the National Security Act, establishing the Defense Department, the NSA, the CIA and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

1948 - An executive order ending racial segregation in the armed forces is signed by President Harry Truman.

1952 - Argentina's first lady, Eva Peron, dies at the age of 33 in Buenos Aires.

1953 - Fidel Castro begins a revolution.

1956 - The Suez Crisis begins when Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalizes the British and French-owned Suez Canal. In retaliation, France, Israel and the United Kingdom invade Egypt.

1965 - The Maldives declares independence from the United Kingdom.

1990 - The Americans with Disabilities Act, which bars discrimination against the handicapped and requires that public facilities be accessible, is signed by President George H. W. Bush.

2005 - The Space Shuttle Discovery STS-114 is launched from Florida marking the first return to flight since the Columbia disaster.

2006 - In a re-trial, Andrea Yates is found not guilty by reason of insanity of killing her five children in 2001.

2013 - Ariel Castro pleads guilty to 937 of 977 charges against him in relation to the kidnappings of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus.