Today is Friday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2019. There are 172 days left in the year.

On this date

  • In 1543, England’s King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.
  • In 1817, author and poet Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Mass.
  • In 1960, the Etch A Sketch Magic Screen drawing toy, invented by French electrician Andre Cassagnes, was first produced by the Ohio Art Co.
  • In 1962, The Rolling Stones played their first-ever gig at The Marquee in London.
  • In 1967, rioting erupted in Newark, N.J., over the police beating of a black taxi driver; 26 people were killed in the five days of violence that followed.
  • In 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor-comedian Bill Cosby is 82. Fitness guru Richard Simmons is 71. Gospel singer Sandi Patty is 63. Rock singer Robin Wilson (Gin Blossoms) is 54. Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi is 48. Actor Topher Grace is 41. Actress Michelle Rodriguez is 41. Country singer-musician Kimberly Perry (The Band Perry) is 36. Actress Rachel Brosnahan is 29. Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai is 22.

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