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1969 Apollo 11, carrying 1st men to land on Moon, launched
1955 – Disneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, California.
1994 – Hulk Hogan beats Ric Flair to win WCW wrestling championship
2004 Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison plus five months in home confinement for lying to federal investigators


1899 – James Cagney, New York City, NY, American actor
1917 – Phyllis Diller, Lima Ohio, comedienne and actress (d. 2012)
1917 – Red Sovine, American country music singer (d. 1980)
1935 Donald Sutherland, St John New Brunswick, Canadian actor
1947 – Camilla Parker Bowles (Duchess of Cornwall), London England, wife of Prince Charles
1935 – Diahann Carroll, Bronx, actress
1965 – Craig Morgan, American singer
1999 Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hunt (36) weds “The Simpsons” voice actor Hank Azaria (35) in Los Angeles, California


1959 Billie Holiday, jazz singer, dies at Metropolitan Hospital in New York of cirrhosis of the liver at 44
1961 Ty Cobb, baseball great (Det Tigers), dies of cancer at 74
2009 Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist (b. 1916)

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