On this day: July 19

Published: Jul 18 2012 03:30:35 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 19 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

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 - Frank McCourt
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2009: Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Frank McCourt, best known as the author of the memoir "Angela's Ashes," dies from melanoma at age 78 in New York City.

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