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Today in History and Celebrity Birthdays


Today in Music History for July 12: In 1943, Christine McVie, vocalist and keyboards player with "Fleetwood Mac," was born in Birmingham, England.


Celebrity Birthdays for July 11: Fashion designer Giorgio Armani is 90. Actress Susan Seaforth Hayes is 81. Singer Jeff Hanna of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is 77. Ventriloquist Jay Johnson ("Soap") is 75. Classical guitarist Liona Boyd is 75.


Today in History for July 11: On this date: In 1533, Pope Clement VII excommunicated England's King Henry VIII. In 1656, Ann Austin and Mary Fisher became the first Quakers to arrive in America and were promptly arrested.


Today in Music History for July 11: In 1889, "Leo the Royal Cadet," described as a military opera, premiered at Martin's Opera House in Kingston, Ont. The performance took place under the patronage of the nearby Royal Military College.


Celebrity Birthdays for July 10: Actor William Smithers ("Dallas," ''Peyton Place") is 97. Singer Mavis Staples is 85. Actor Lawrence Pressman is 85. Actor Mills Watson ("B.J. and the Bear," ''Lobo") is 84. Actor Robert Pine ("CHiPS") is 83.


Today in History for July 10: On this date: In 1509, theologian John Calvin was born in Noyon, France. After Martin Luther, Calvin was seen as the guiding spirit of the Protestant Reformation.


Today in Music History for July 10: In 1941, Ian Whitcomb, singer, record producer and pop music historian, was born. In 1941, pianist and composer Jelly Roll Morton, who claimed he invented jazz, died in Los Angeles at age 50.


Celebrity Birthdays for July 9: Singer Dee Dee Kenniebrew of The Crystals is 80. Author Dean Koontz is 79. TV producer Nigel Lythgoe is 75. Actor Chris Cooper is 73. TV personality-turned-musician John Tesh is 72. Country singer David Ball is 71.


Today in History for July 9: On this date: In 1228, Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury, died. Langton formulated the original division of the Bible into chapters. He is also credited with creating much of the "Magna Carta.


Today in Music History for July 9: In 1946, Mitch Mitchell, drummer for "The Jimi Hendrix Experience," was born.