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1588 The English attacked the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines, resulting in an English victory.
1890 Artist Vincent van Gogh, 37, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers-sur-Oise, France.
1921 Adolf Hitler became the leader ("fuehrer") of the National Socialist German Workers Party.
1948 Britain's King George VI opened the Olympic Games in London.
1957 Jack Paar made his debut as host of NBC's "Tonight Show."
1958 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, creating NASA.
1980 A state funeral was held in Cairo, Egypt, for the deposed Shah of Iran, who had died two days earlier at age 60.
1981 Britain's Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. (However, the couple divorced in 1996.)
In The Star
July 29, 1938, in The Star: Representing the local painters’ union, Jesse Boyd and H. S. Kircus appeared before the Anniston City Council last night and made a complaint about local school teachers being employed this summer to do painting at the high school. The men said painters average only six months employment in good building times and that they felt it was unjust for teachers, who get nine months of employment, to be used during the summer as painters. The men said they had taken up the matter with the school superintendent but with no relief; the matter was referred to the council’s school committee. Also this date: Jacksonville officials have sent on to the post office department a list of potential sites for a new post office building together with a list of the prices the properties’ owners want for them. The selection will be up to the post office authorities in Washington.
July 29, 1988, in The Star: Funeral services will be tomorrow afternoon at Jacksonville First Baptist Church for Theodore Fox, 75, who was recently elected to a sixth term on the Jacksonville City Council. Fox died yesterday, having been taken to the hospital the previous morning due to heart trouble. Calhoun County Commission Chairman James A. “Pappy” Dunn remembered Fox as the embodiment of the civic leader who speaks softly but gets things done, while Mayor John B. Nisbet praised his colleague as one who looked beyond the individual to see the bigger picture. Also this date: The 16-month struggle over the $10.9 million estate of Anniston real estate businessman Willie C. Lloyd ended yesterday afternoon as attorneys for the heirs settled their disputes out of court. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed by lawyers for either the daughter contesting the will or Lloyd's two sisters and his female companion of more than 20 years, who were defending it. “We've agreed to keep the details of the settlement confidential,” said attorney Arthur Fite III. “All the issues have been resolved amicably between the parties.” Lloyd's daughter, Jan Lloyd Rivers of Birmingham, had contested a Feb. 5, 1987, will made out 15 days before her father died at age 82. The will left her only $7,500, but split the bulk of the estate in thirds among Lloyd's sisters, Myrtle Lee Spraggins and Iva Nell Holman, and a woman who claims to be Lloyd's common-law wife and companion of more than 20 years, Mary Ann Brewer. Judge Harold Quattlebaum ruled yesterday that evidence presented to him showed that Lloyd did indeed have a common-law marriage with Ms. Brewer. Additionally: Escalating medical bills for Calhoun County Jail prisoners constitute “a severe problem” for the county’s budget, says County Administrator Ken Joiner. Income from the liquor tax is supposed to handle those costs, but when costs exceed the $2,000-$2,500 that the tax generates, officials have to dip into the general fund to make up the difference.
Birthdays for July 29
Comedian "Professor" Irwin Corey is 99. Actor Robert Horton is 89. Rock musician Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon) is 67. Actor Mike Starr is 63. Documentary maker Ken Burns is 60. Rock singer-musician Geddy Lee (Rush) is 60. Rock singer Patti Scialfa (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band) is 60. Country singer Martina McBride is 47. Rock musician Chris Gorman is 46. Actor Rodney Allen Rippy is 45. Actor Tim Omundson is 44. Actor Wil Wheaton is 41. Actress Rachel Miner is 33. Actress Allison Mack is 31. Actor Matt Prokop is 23.
Switched at Birth, 7 p.m. on ABCFamily: Bay (Vanessa Marano) plans a Deaf Day at Maui, Kansas, to boost business and works with Emmett (Sean Berdy) on a screening of “Deafenstein.” Daphne (Katie Leclerc) makes a shocking discovery when she runs into Chef Jeff (Justin Bruening). Regina (Constance Marie) gets some new business, thanks to John (D.W. Moffett) in the new episode "As the Shadows Deepen."
Breaking Pointe, 8 p.m. on CW: Silver plans a trip to the mountains to give the dancers an opportunity to let loose in the week before the cast of Cinderella is announced. Ronnie struggles with his foot infection, while Rex's torn tendon begins to improve. As Zach's rivalry with Ian for a spot in the main company heats up, he's confronted by Beckanne and Chase about the rumors they think he started in this new episode.
2 Broke Girls, 8 p.m. on CBS: Max and Caroline (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) are excited to discover a storefront that would be perfect for the cupcake business is available. Now all they have to do is raise the money to rent it.
The Fosters, 8 p.m. on ABCFamily: Stef and Mike (Teri Polo, Danny Nucci) head to Ana's (Alexandra Barreto) in search of Jesus (Jake T. Austin). What they find there lands someone in the hospital and changes the family forever in this new episode.
Mistresses, 9:01 p.m. on ABC: JoBeth Williams guest stars in this new episode as Janet, the free-spirited mother of Savi and Joss (Alyssa Milano, Jes Macallan). She pays a surprise visit with some big news that stirs up old tensions.
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