On this day: July 19

Published On: Jul 18 2012 02:30:35 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 19 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

Rome burns, a famous gunslinger kills for the first time, Marilyn Monroe passes a big test, and The King's first single is released, all on this day.

OTD July 19 - George McGovern
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1922: George McGovern, a staunch liberal who served South Dakota in the U.S. Senate and House for more than two decades and who ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic Party nominee for president in 1972, is born in Avon, South Dakota. McGovern, a decorated World War II pilot who also became known for his outspoken opposition to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, died at age 90 on Oct. 21, 2012.

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