Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Today in History: Wednesday, July 12, 2017


AP Highlight in History: 
On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale named New York Congresswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro his running mate, making her the first woman to run on a major party ticket.
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On this date in:
100 B.C.Julius Caesar was born in Rome.
1543England's King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.
1690Protestant forces led by William of Orange defeated the Roman Catholic army of James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland.
1862Congress authorized the Medal of Honor.
1895Broadway lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II was born in New York City.
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1908Comedian Milton Berle was born Mendel Berlinger in New York City.
1972George McGovern won the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Miami Beach.
2001Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant tortured in a New York City police station, agreed to an $8.7 million settlement.
2005Prince Albert II of Monaco acceded to the throne.
2006Hezbollah guerrillas kidnapped two Israeli soldiers and killed eight others in a cross-border raid; Israel sent ground troops into Lebanon in response.
2010Roman Polanski was declared a free man, no longer confined to house arrest in his Alpine villa, after Swiss authorities rejected a U.S. request for the Oscar-winning director's extradition because of a 32-year-old sex conviction.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actor-comedian Bill Cosby turns 80 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Christine McVieRock singer, musician (Fleetwood Mac)74
Walter EganSinger69
Richard SimmonsFitness guru69
Jay ThomasActor69
Brian GrazerProducer66
Cheryl LaddActress ("Charlie's Angels")66
Mel HarrisActress61
Lisa Nicole CarsonActress ("Ally McBeal")48
Kristi YamaguchiFigure skater46
Anna FrielActress41
Topher GraceActor ("That 70's Show")39
Erik Per SullivanActor ("Malcom in the Middle")26
Actress Michelle Rodriguez ("Avatar," "Lost") turns 39 years old today.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Today in History: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

AP Highlight in History: 
On June 27, 1950, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution calling on member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North.
 
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On this date in:
1844Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob in Carthage, Ill.
1893The New York stock market crashed.
1944American forces completed their capture of the French port of Cherbourg from the Germans three weeks after D-Day.
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1957More than 500 people were killed when Hurricane Audrey slammed through coastal Louisiana and Texas.
1969Patrons at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, clashed with police in an incident considered to be the birth of the gay rights movement.
1972The video game company Atari was founded by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney in Santa Clara, Calif.
1977Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, was named a cardinal by Pope Paul VI.
1980President Jimmy Carter signed legislation reviving draft registration.
1985Route 66, which originally stretched from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif., passed into history as officials decertified the road.
2005BTK serial killer Dennis Rader pleaded guilty to 10 murders that spread fear across Wichita, Kan., beginning in the 1970s. (He later received multiple life sentences.)
2007Gordon Brown became British prime minister, succeeding Tony Blair.
2011Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted by a federal jury in Chicago of corruption. (He was later sentenced to 14 years in prison.)
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Fashion designer Vera Wang turns 68 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Ross PerotBusiness executive, former presidential candidate87
Bruce JohnstonRock musician, singer (The Beach Boys)75
Julia DuffyActress ("Newhart")66
Isabelle AdjaniActress62
J.J. AbramsWriter, producer ("Lost," "Alias")51
Tobey MaguireActor ("Spider-Man" movies)42
Khloe KardashianReality TV star33
Ed WestwickActor ("Gossip Girl")30
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. turns 49 years old today.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Today in History: Thursday, June 22, 2017

AP Highlight in History:
On June 22, 1911, Britain's King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey.
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On this date in:
1815Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated for the second time.
1868Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.
1870Congress created the Department of Justice.
1938Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling of Germany in the first round of their rematch in New York City's Yankee Stadium.
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1940France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris during World War II.
1941Germany invaded the Soviet Union during World War II.
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1944President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the GI Bill of Rights, authorizing a broad package of benefits for World War II veterans.
1945The World War II battle for Okinawa ended; 12,520 Americans and 110,000 Japanese were killed in the 83-day campaign.
1969Singer-actress Judy Garland died at age 47.
1970President Richard Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age to 18.
1977Former Attorney General John N. Mitchell began serving a sentence for his role in the Watergate cover-up.
1981Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to killing rock musician John Lennon.
1986Diego Maradona scored both goals in Argentina's 2-1 World Cup quarterfinal victory over England in Mexico City – including one that he punched in, unseen by the referee. When asked about the play later, Maradona said, "It was the hand of God."
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1992The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that hate-crime laws that ban cross-burning and similar expressions of racial bias violate free-speech rights.
1993Former first lady Pat Nixon died at age 81.
2009Jon and Kate Gosselin, stars of the reality TV series "Jon & Kate Plus 8," announced plans to divorce.
2011President Barack Obama announced he would pull home 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by the following summer.
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Today's Birthdays:
Dingbat Actress Meryl Streep turns 68 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Kris KristoffersonCountry singer, actor81
Brit HumeBroadcast journalist74
Peter AsherSinger (Peter and Gordon)73
David L. LanderActor ("Laverne and Shirley")70
Todd RundgrenRock singer, musician69
Alan OsmondSinger (The Osmonds)68
Lindsay WagnerActress ("The Bionic Woman")68
Elizabeth WarrenU.S. senator, Communist-Mass.68
Graham GreeneActor65
Cyndi LauperSinger64
Tracy PollanActress57
Clyde DrexlerBasketball Hall of Famer55
Amy BrennemanActress53
Dan BrownAuthor ("The Da Vinci Code")53
Mary Lynn RajskubActress ("24")46
Carson DalyTV personality44
Donald FaisonActor ("Scrubs")43
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Communist-Calif., turns 84 years old today.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Today in History: Wednesday, June 21, 2017


AP Highlight in History: 
On June 21, 1788, the U.S. Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it.
On this date in:
1834Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent for his reaping machine.
1905Philosopher, author and playwright Jean-Paul Sartre was born in Paris.
1963Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini was chosen to succeed the late Pope John XXIII as head of the Roman Catholic Church, taking the name Paul VI.
1964Three civil rights workers disappeared in Philadelphia, Miss. Their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam six weeks later.
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1964Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a perfect game in a 6-0 victory over the New York Mets.
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1973The Supreme Court ruled that states may ban materials found to be obscene according to local standards.
1977Menachem Begin became Israel's sixth prime minister.
1982John Hinckley Jr. was found innocent by reason of insanity in the shootings of President Ronald Reagan and three others.
1985Scientists announced that skeletal remains exhumed in Brazil were those of Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele.
1989The Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag as a form of political protest is protected by the First Amendment.
1997The Women's National Basketball Association made its debut.
2005Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klansman, was found guilty of manslaughter in the deaths of three civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Miss., 41 years to the day earlier.
2010Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistan-born U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty to charges of plotting a failed car bombing in New York's Times Square. (He was later sentenced to life in prison.)
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, turns 35 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Bernie KopellActor ("The Love Boat")84
Mariette HartleyActress77
Joe FlahertyComedian ("SCTV")76
Ray DaviesRock singer, musician (The Kinks)73
Meredith BaxterActress ("Family Ties")70
Michael GrossActor ("Family Ties")70
Joey KramerRock musician (Aerosmith)67
Nils LofgrenRock musician (The E Street Band)66
Berke BreathedCartoonist ("Bloom County")60
Kathy MatteaCountry singer58
Doug SavantActor ("Desperate Housewives")53
Lana WachowskiWriter, director ("Matrix" movies)52
Allison MoorerCountry singer45
Kris AllenSinger ("American Idol")32
Rebecca BlackSinger20
Actress Juliette Lewis turns 44 years old today.
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