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Saturday, July 14, 2012 - Updated: 9:30 PM

The Associated Press

Saturday, July 14, is the 196th day of 2012. Sunday, July 15, is the 197th day, leaving 169 days in the year.

This weekend:

In 1881, outlaw William H. Bonney Jr., alias "Billy the Kid," was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, N.M.

In 1913, Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr., the 38th president of the United States, was born Leslie Lynch King Jr. in Omaha, Neb.

In 1921, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted in Dedham, Mass., of murdering a shoe company paymaster and his guard. (Sacco and Vanzetti were executed six years later.)

In 1948, President Harry S. Truman was nominated for another term of office by the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia.

In 1966, eight student nurses were murdered by Richard Speck in a Chicago dormitory.

In 1972, the State Department criticized actress Jane Fonda for making antiwar radio broadcasts in Hanoi, calling them "distressing." Jean Westwood was appointed the first female chair of the Democratic National Committee.

In 1985, a gaunt-looking Rock Hudson appeared at a news conference with actress Doris Day (it was later revealed Hudson had AIDS).

In 1992, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton was nominated at the Democratic National Convention in New York.

In 1997, fashion designer Gianni Versace, 50, was shot dead outside his Miami home; suspected gunman Andrew Phillip Cunanan was found dead eight days later, a suicide.

In 2010, after 85 days, BP stopped the flow of oil from a blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico using a 75-ton cap lowered onto the wellhead earlier in the week.

Saturday's Birthdays: Dale Robertson is 89. Harry Dean Stanton is 86. Polly Bergen is 82. Rosey Grier is 80. Vincent Pastore is 66. Tommy Mottola is 63. Jane Lynch is 52. Jackie Earle Haley is 51. Matthew Fox is 46.

Sunday's Birthdays: Alex Karras is 77. Ken Kercheval is 77. Patrick Wayne is 73. Jan-Michael Vincent is 68. Linda Ronstadt is 66. Artimus Pyle is 64. Terry O'Quinn is 60. Kim Alexis is 52. Willie Aames is 52. Forest Whitaker is 51. Lolita Davidovich is 51. Brigitte Nielsen is 49. Brian Austin Green is 39.

     

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