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Celebrity Birthdays for July 17: Sportscaster Verne Lundquist is 84. Singer-actress Gale Garnett is 82. Musician Wolfgang Flür of Kraftwerk is 77. Queen Camilla, the former Duchess of Cornwall, is 77. Bassist Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath is 75.


Celebrity Birthdays for July 20: '50s rock 'n' roller Jo Ann Campbell is 86. Artist Judy Chicago is 85. Country singer T.G. Sheppard is 80. Bassist John Lodge of the Moody Blues is 79. Singer Kim Carnes is 79. Guitarist Carlos Santana is 77.


Celebrity Birthdays for July 19: Actress Helen Gallagher is 98. Singer Vikki Carr is 84. Blues singer-musician Little Freddie King is 84. Actor George Dzundza is 79. Singer-bassist Alan Gorrie of Average White Band is 78.


Celebrity Birthdays for July 16: Singer William Bell is 85. International Tennis Hall-of-Famer Margaret Court is 82. NFL coach-turned analyst Jimmy Johnson is 81. Actor-singer Ruben Blades is 76. Violinist Pinchas Zukerman is 76.


Today in Music History for July 26: In 1938, R&B singer-songwriter Bobby Hebb, who wrote and recorded the 1966 pop classic "Sunny," was born to blind parents in Nashville, Tenn. At the height of "Sunny" popularity, he toured with "The Beatles.


Today in Music History for July 27: In 1920, Henry D. "Homer" Haynes of the country comedy duo of "Homer and Jethro" was born. His partnership with Jethro (born Kenneth C. Burns) lasted 39 years -- from 1932 until Homer's death in 1971.


Today in History for July 27: On this date: In 1606, the first permanent French colony in Canada was established at Port Royal, N.S.


Today in History for July 24: On this date: In 1216, Cencio Savelli was consecrated Pope Honorius III. During his 11-year pontificate, he confirmed two well-known religious orders: the Dominicans in 1216 and the Franciscans in 1223.


Today in History for July 26: On this date: In 1603, James VI of Scotland was crowned King James I of England.


Today in History for July 23: On this date: In 1621, the Virginia colony was granted the New World's first written constitution. In 1767, the Prince Edward Island land lottery was held in London, England.