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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.


Today in History for July 19: On this date: In 1553, 15-year-old Lady Jane Grey was deposed as Queen of England after only nine days. King Henry VIII's daughter Mary was proclaimed Queen and had Jane executed.


Today in Music History for July 19: In 1947, "Queen" guitarist Brian May was born in Hampton Hill, England.


Celebrity Birthdays for July 18: Skating champion and commentator Dick Button is 95. Olympic gold medal figure skater Tenley Albright is 89. Director Paul Verhoeven ("Basic Instinct," ''Showgirls") is 86. Keyboard wizard Brian Auger is 85.


Today in History for July 18: On this date: In A.D. 64, the Great Fire of Rome began. In 1536, the English Parliament passed an act declaring the authority of the pope void in England. In 1739, a census put Canada's population at 42,701.


Today in Music History for July 18: In 1903, Canadian soprano Beatrice LaPalme made her Covent Garden debut. She was a last-minute substitute in the role of "Musetta" in a gala performance of "La Boheme" attended by King Edward VII.


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.


Today in History for July 17: On this date: In 1505, future church reformer, Martin Luther entered the Augustinian monastic order at Erfurt in present day eastern Germany. He was 21. In 1674, the second census of Canada showed a population of 6,705.


Today in Music History for July 17: In 1674, Isaac Watts, innovative pioneer of modern English hymn writing, was born.


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.