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This Day In History: July 27

This Day in History

1789: The first U.S. federal government agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs, is established by Congress.
1804: The 12th Amendment is ratified, changing the method of electing the president and vice-president.
1866: A telegraph cable across the Atlantic is completed, establishing communication between the United States and England.
1953: Fighting ends in the Korean War with the signing of an armistice in Panmunjom.
1974: The House of Representatives votes to recommend the first article of impeachment against President Nixon, charging him with obstruction of justice.
1996: A bomb explodes in an Atlanta, GA, park filled with people attending the Summer Olympics, directly killing 1 person.

Today's Birthdays

1824: Alexandre Dumas (Fils), novelist/playwright (Paris, France; died 1895)
1905: Leo Durocher, baseball player/manager (West Springfield, MA; died 1991)
1922: Norman Lear, TV writer/producer and political activist (New Haven, CT)
1931: Jerry Van Dyke, actor (Danville, IL)
1944: Bobbie Gentry, singer/songwriter (Chicasaw County, MS)
1948: Peggy Fleming, Olympic champion figure skater/sportscaster (San Jose, CA). Betty Thomas, actress/director (St. Louis, MO)
1949: Maureen McGovern, singer (Youngstown, OH)
1958: Christopher Dean, Olympic champion ice dancer as member of Torvill and Dean (Nottingham, England)
1967: Juliana Hatfield, musician (Wiscasset, ME)
1975: Alex Rodriguez, baseball player (New York, NY)
1977: Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, actor (Dublin, Ireland)

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