Saturday, August 12, 2017

Today in History: Saturday, August 12, 2017

AP Highlight in History: 
On Aug. 12, 1985, a crippled Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 on a domestic flight crashed into a mountain, killing 520 people in the world's worst single-aircraft accident.
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On this date in:
1851Isaac Singer was granted a patent on his sewing machine.
1880Baseball Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson was born in Factoryville, Pa.
1898The peace protocol ending the Spanish-American War was signed.
1898Hawaii was formally annexed to the United States.
1944Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., eldest son of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, was killed when an explosives-laden Navy plane blew up over England during World War II.
1953The Soviet Union conducted a secret test of its first hydrogen bomb.
1960The first balloon satellite, Echo 1, was launched by the United States from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
1966John Lennon apologized at a news conference in Chicago for saying "the Beatles are more popular than Jesus."
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1977The space shuttle Enterprise passed its first solo flight test by taking off atop a Boeing 747, separating and then touching down in California's Mojave Desert.
Audio LinkAstronaut Gordon Fullerton, pilot of the Enterprise
1981IBM introduced its first personal computer, the model 5150.
1998Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion as restitution to Holocaust survivors to settle claims for their assets.
2000The Russian nuclear submarine Kursk and its 118-man crew were lost during naval exercises in the Barents Sea.
2004New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey announced his resignation and proclaimed himself "a gay American."
2004The California Supreme Court voided the nearly 4,000 same-sex marriages sanctioned in San Francisco earlier in the year.
2008Russia halted its devastating five-day assault on Georgia that left homes in smoldering ruins and uprooted 100,000 people.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Rebecca Gayheart turns 45 years old today.
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Dale BumpersFormer U.S. senator, D-Ark.92
George HamiltonActor78
Dana IveyActress76
Mark KnopflerRock singer, musician (Dire Straits)68
Kid CreoleSinger67
Pat MethenyJazz guitarist63
Bruce GreenwoodActor61
Sir Mix-A-LotRapper54
Peter KrauseActor ("Six Feet Under")52
Michael Ian BlackActor, comedian ("Ed")46
Yvette Nicole BrownActress ("Community")46
Pete SamprasTennis player46
Maggie LawsonActress37
Dominique SwainActress37
Actor Casey Affleck turns 42 years old today.
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Today in History: Friday, August 11, 2017

AP Highlight in History: 
On Aug. 11, 1934, the first federal prisoners arrived at the island prison Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay.
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On this date in:
1954A formal peace took hold in Indochina, ending more than seven years of fighting between the French and the Communist Vietminh.
1965Deadly rioting and looting broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles.
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1992The Mall of America, the biggest shopping mall in the country, opened in Bloomington, Minn.
1998British Petroleum purchased Amoco for $49 billion.
2000Pat Buchanan won the Reform Party presidential nomination.
2002US Airways filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
2003NATO took command of the 5,000-strong peacekeeping force in Afghanistan.
2003Charles Taylor resigned as Liberia's president and went into exile in Nigeria.
2006The Transportation Security Administration banned all liquids, gels and aerosols from passenger cabins on airliners one day after a thwarted terrorist attack.
2009Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy and founder of the Special Olympics, died at age 88.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Viola Davis turns 52 years old today.
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Eric CarmenSinger68
Hulk HoganWrestler, actor64
Joe JacksonRock singer63
Joe RoganActor, host ("Fear Factor")50
Charlie SextonRock musician49
Pablo SandovalBaseball player31
Alyson StonerActress24
Actress Ashley Jensen ("Ugly Betty," "Extras") turns 49 years old today.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Today in History: Wednesday, August 09, 2017

AP Highlight in History: 
On Aug. 9, 1945, the United States exploded a nuclear device over Nagasaki, Japan, instantly killing an estimated 39,000 people. The explosion came three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
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On this date in:
1854Henry David Thoreau published "Walden," which described his experiences living near Walden Pond in Massachusetts.
1902Britain's Edward VII was crowned king following the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.
1936Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics as the United States took first place in the 400-meter relay.
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1969Actress Sharon Tate and four other people were found murdered in Los Angeles; cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his followers were later convicted of the crime.
1974Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States following the resignation of Richard M. Nixon.
Audio LinkFord: "our long national nightmare is over"
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1985A federal judge in Norfolk, Va., found retired Navy officer Arthur J. Walker guilty of seven counts of spying for the Soviet Union.
1995Rock musician Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead died at age 53.
2001President George W. Bush approved federal funding for existing lines of embryonic stem cells.
2002Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 600th home run, becoming the fourth major leaguer to reach the mark.
2004Terry Nichols was sentenced to 161 consecutive life sentences on state murder charges in the Oklahoma City bombing.
2010Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, 86, the longest serving Republican in the U.S. Senate, was killed in a plane crash in southwestern Alaska.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders turns 50 years old today.
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Bob CousyBasketball Hall of Famer89
Rod LaverTennis Hall of Famer79
David SteinbergComedian75
Sam ElliottActor73
Melanie GriffithActress60
Amanda BearseActress ("Married...With Children")59
Kurtis BlowRapper58
Brett HullHockey player53
Hoda KotbTV host ("Today")53
Gillian AndersonActress ("The X Files")49
Eric BanaActor49
JuanesRock singer45
Liz VasseyActress ("CSI")45
Jessica CapshawActress41
Jason HeywardBaseball player28
Actress Anna Kendrick ("Up in the Air," "Twilight" movies) turns 32 years old today.
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Today in History: Monday, August 07, 2017

AP Highlight in History: 
On Aug. 7, 1998, al Qaida set off bombs at the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 224 people - including 12 Americans - and injuring more than 5,500.
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On this date in:
1912The Progressive Party nominated Theodore Roosevelt for president.
1942U.S. forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II.
1964Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad powers to deal with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces.
1971Apollo 15 returned to Earth after a manned mission to the moon.
1974French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center.
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1990President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. troops and warplanes to Saudi Arabia to guard the oil-rich desert kingdom against a possible invasion by Iraq.
2000Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore chose Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman as his running mate, making him the first Jewish candidate on a major party ticket.
2002Major league baseball players and owners agreed on the sport's first tests for steroids.
2007Barry Bonds became baseball's career home run leader when he hit No. 756 during a home game in San Francisco, passing Hank Aaron's mark.
2008Georgia shelled the capital of breakaway republic South Ossetia. (Russia responded by occupying much of Georgia in a five-day war.)
2009Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin accused President Barack Obama of proposing a "death panel" that would decide who receives treatment in his health care plan.
2010Elena Kagan was sworn in as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor David Duchovny ("The X Files," "Californication") turns 57 years old today.
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Garrison KeillorWriter, humorist ("A Prairie Home Companion")75
B.J. ThomasSinger75
John GloverActor73
Wayne KnightActor ("Seinfeld")62
Alberto SalazarMarathon runner59
Harold PerrineauActor ("Lost")54
Abbie CornishActress35
Sidney CrosbyHockey player30
Mike TroutBaseball player26
Actress Charlize Theron turns 42 years old today.
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