This day in history

Monday, July 23, is the 205th day of 2012. There are 161 days left in the year.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Gloria DeHaven is 87. Concert pianist Leon Fleisher is 84. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is 76. Actor Ronny Cox is 74. Radio personality Don Imus is 72. Country singer Tony Joe White is 69. Rock singer David Essex is 65. Actor Larry Manetti is 65. Singer-songwriter John Hall is 64. Actress Belinda Montgomery is 62. Rock musician Blair Thornton (Bachman Turner Overdrive) is 62. Actress Edie McClurg is 61. Actress-writer Lydia Cornell is 59. Actor Woody Harrelson is 51. Rock musician Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) is 51. Actor Eriq Lasalle is 50. Rock musician Yuval Gabay is 49. Rock musician Slash is 47. Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is 45. Rock musician Nick Menza is 44. Model-actress Stephanie Seymour is 44. Actress Charisma Carpenter is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sam Watters is 42. Country singer Alison Krauss is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Dalvin DeGrate is 41. Rock musician Chad Gracey (Live) is 41. Actor-comedian Marlon Wayans is 40. Country singer Shannon Brown is 39. Actress Kathryn Hahn is 39. Former Red Sox star Nomar Garciaparra is 39. Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky is 39. Actress Stephanie March is 38. Country musician David Pichette (Emerson Drive) is 35. Rhythm-and-blues singer Michelle Williams is 32. Actor Paul Wesley is 30. Actor Daniel Radcliffe is 23. Country musician Neil Perry is 22.

In 1885, Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died 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.

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In 1945, French Marshal Henri Petain, who had headed the Vichy government during World War II, went on trial, charged with treason. (He was found guilty 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.