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This day in history

Today is Saturday, July 23, the 205th day of 2016. There are 161 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Gloria DeHaven is 91. Concert pianist Leon Fleisher is 88. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is 80. Radio personality Don Imus is 76. Actor Larry Manetti is 73. Actor Woody Harrelson is 55. Country singer Alison Krauss is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Dalvin DeGrate is 45. Actor-comedian Marlon Wayans is 44. Retired MLB All-Star Nomar Garciaparra is 43. Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky is 43. Actor Daniel Radcliffe is 27. Country singer Danielle Bradbery (TV: ‘‘The Voice”) is 20.


In 1885, Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died in Mount McGregor, N.Y., at age 63.

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 1984, Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign her title, after nude photographs of her taken in 1982 were published in Penthouse magazine.

In 1986, Britain’s Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London. (The couple divorced in 1996.)

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush announced his choice of Judge David Souter of New Hampshire to succeed the retiring Justice William J. Brennan on the US Supreme Court.

In 1996, Kerri Strug made a heroic final vault despite torn ligaments in her sprained left ankle and the US women’s gymnastics team went on to win its first gold medal.