(Thursday, July 19, 1945, 8:30 p.m. CEST; during World War II) — In the spirit of their war-inspired partnership, President Harry S. Truman threw a party tonight for Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin at U.S. headquarters in Potsdam, occupied Germany during the Potsdam Conference, flying in two young American GI’s to entertain: pianist Eugene List and violinist Stuart Canin (click here for a clip of this event from “American Experience: Truman” at 2:01:32).
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(Friday, July 19, 1985) — A high school teacher from New Hampshire, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, 36, was named today as the nation’s first ordinary citizen scheduled to go in orbit aboard the space shuttle as a passenger.
(Saturday, July 19, 1975) — Venus and Mars by Paul McCartney’s band Wings peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard 200 albums chart for one week. It was McCartney’s fourth of seven number one albums on the chart since The Beatles broke up in 1970 (1970-1982).
(Saturday, July 19, 1975) — “Listen to What the Man Said” by (former Beatle Paul McCartney and) Wings peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week. It was McCartney’s fourth of nine number one hits on the chart since The Beatles broke up (1971-1984).