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 On this day July 19-25, 2020 (week 30) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.


On this day July 19-25, 2020 (week 30)

July 19, 2020 - July 25, 2020 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features the Paris Metro, the launch of a Polaris missile from a submarine at sea, the space shuttle Atlantis, the former Chinese premier Li Peng, the Spanish cyclist Miguel Indurain, the Koran and the crash of an Air France Concorde after taking off from Paris.

July 19, 1900: The Paris Metro opened. Europe’s second-busiest subway system after Moscow, its Art Nouveau-influenced architecture was designed by Hector Guimard

July 20, 1960: The USS George Washington made the first test launch of a Polaris missile from a submarine at sea. It was the first test firing of a missile from underwater

July 21, 2011: The space shuttle Atlantis touched down at the Kennedy Space Centre at the end of the 135th and final flight of NASA’s space shuttle programme

July 22, 2019: Li Peng, former Chinese premier known as the “Butcher of Beijing” for his role in the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, died aged 90

July 23, 1995: Spanish cyclist Miguel Indurain won the Tour de France for the fifth time. He is the only cyclist to record his five Tour victories in successive years

July 24, 2015: Possibly the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran were found in England. Radiocarbon dating estimated the manuscript to be at least 1,370 years old

July 25, 2000: An Air France Concorde crashed after taking off from Paris. All 109 aboard and four people on the ground died in the only ever crash of the supersonic airliner

PUBLISHED: 07/07/2020; DESIGN: Phil Bainbridge; PICTURE RESEARCH: Julie Mullins; EVENT SELECTION: Fiona Roberts and Susan Shepherd; PROOFING: Julie Mullins; TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION: Fiona Roberts;STORY: Julie Mullins; PICTURES: Newscom, Getty, Associated Press