Sunday, August 25, 2013

TODAY IN HISTORY

Sunday, August  25, 2013
AP Highlight in History: 
On Aug. 25, 1944, Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation.
 
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On this date in:
1718Hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, with some of them settling in present-day New Orleans.
1825Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil.
1875Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel, traveling from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in 22 hours.
1916The National Park Service was established within the Department of the Interior.
1921The United States signed a peace treaty with Germany.
1950President Harry S. Truman ordered the Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike.
1975The album "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen was released.
1984Author Truman Capote was found dead at age 59.
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1985Samantha Smith, the schoolgirl whose letter to Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov resulted in her peace tour of the communist country, was killed with her father in an airplane crash in Maine.
1997The tobacco industry agreed to an $11.3 billion settlement with the state of Florida.
1998Former Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell died at age 90.
2003Tennis champion Pete Sampras announced his retirement during a news conference at the U.S. Open in New York.
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2009Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., died at age 77.
 
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HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Sean Connery turns 83 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Monty HallGame show host ("Let's Make a Deal")92
Regis PhilbinTalk show, game show host82
Wayne ShorterJazz saxophonist80
Tom SkerrittActor ("Picket Fences")80
Marshall BrickmanFilmmaker74
Rollie FingersBaseball Hall of Famer67
Gene SimmonsRock musician (Kiss)64
Rob HalfordRock singer (Judas Priest)62
Elvis CostelloRock musician59
Tim BurtonDirector55
Billy Ray CyrusCountry singer52
Ally WalkerActress52
Blair UnderwoodActor49
Albert BelleBaseball player47
Jeff TweedyRock singer (Wilco)46
Rachael RayTV chef45
Claudia SchifferModel43
Rachel BilsonActress ("The O.C.")32
Actress Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl") turns 26 years old today.
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