Thursday, July 27, 2017

Today in History: Thursday, July 27, 2017

AP Highlight in History:
On July 27, 1953, the Korean War armistice was signed at Panmunjom, ending three years of fighting.
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On this date in:
1694The Bank of England received a royal charter as a commercial institution.
1789Congress established the Department of Foreign Affairs, the forerunner of the State Department.
1794French revolutionary leader Maximilien Robespierre was overthrown and placed under arrest; he was executed the following day.
1861Union Gen. George B. McClellan was put in command of the Army of the Potomac.
1866After two failures, Cyrus W. Field succeeded in laying the first underwater telegraph cable between North America and Europe.
1940Bugs Bunny made his debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon "A Wild Hare."
1960Vice President Richard M. Nixon was nominated for president at the Republican National Convention in Chicago.
1967In the wake of urban rioting, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the Kerner Commission to assess the causes of the violence.
1974The House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to recommend President Richard M. Nixon's impeachment on a charge that he had personally engaged in a "course of conduct" designed to obstruct justice in the Watergate case.
Audio LinkRep. Joshua Eilberg, D-Penn.
1980The deposed Shah of Iran died in Egypt at age 60.
1995The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
1996A pipe bomb exploded at a public park during the Olympic games in Atlanta, killing one person and injuring more than 100.
2003Comedian Bob Hope died at age 100.
2003Lance Armstrong won a record-tying fifth straight Tour de France title.
2005Ahmed Ressam, an Algerian who'd plotted to bomb the Los Angeles airport on the eve of the millennium, was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress-comedian Maya Rudolph ("Saturday Night Live", "Bridesmaids") turns 45 years old today.
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Norman LearTV producer95
Jerry Van DykeActor86
Bobbie GentryCountry singer73
Peggy FlemingFigure skater69
Maureen McGovernSinger68
Carol LeiferComedian61
Bill EngvallComedian ("Blue Collar TV")60
Stacy Dean CampbellCountry singer50
Juliana HatfieldRock singer50
Julian McMahonActor ("Nip/Tuck")49
Jonathan Rhys MeyersActor ("The Tudors")40
Cheyenne KimballCountry singer27
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez turns 42 years old today.
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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.
Audio LinkWalter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro
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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.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor-comedian Bill Cosby turns 80 years old today.
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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.)
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Fashion designer Vera Wang turns 68 years old today.
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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.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Dingbat Actress Meryl Streep turns 68 years old today.
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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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