Baltimore Sun

TODAY IN HISTORY

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On July 29, 1890, artist Vincent van Gogh, 37, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in France.

In 1914, transconti­nental telephone service in the U.S. became operationa­l.

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautic­s and Space Act, creating NASA.

In 1980, a state funeral was held in Cairo, Egypt, for the deposed Shah of Iran, who had died two days earlier at age 60.

In 1994, abortion opponent Paul Hill shot and killed Dr. John Bayard Britton and Britton’s escort,

James H. Barrett, outside the Ladies Center clinic in Pensacola, Florida.

In 1999, a former day trader, apparently upset over stock losses, opened fire in two Atlanta brokerage offices, killing nine people and wounding 13 before shooting himself to death; authoritie­s said Mark O. Barton had also killed his wife and two children.

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