Saturday, July 18, 2015

Today in History: Saturday, July 18, 2015

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On July 18, 1936, the Democratic National Convention in Chicago nominated President Franklin D. Roosevelt for an unprecedented third term in office.
 
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On this date in:
1536Parliament passed an act declaring the authority of the pope void in England.
1872Britain enacted voting by secret ballot.
1918Nelson Mandela, a leading anti-apartheid figure and South Africa's first black president, was born in Mvezo.
1927Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb got his 4,000th career hit.
1969A car driven by Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha's Vineyard. His passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, died.
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1989Actress Rebecca Schaeffer, 21, was shot to death at her Los Angeles home by an obsessed fan. (The killing prompted California in 1990 to pass the nation's first anti-stalking law.)
1998A 23-foot tsunami along the coast of Papua New Guinea killed nearly 3,000 people.
1999David Cone of the New York Yankees pitched the 14th perfect game in modern major league baseball history in a game against the Montreal Expos.
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2005An unrepentant Eric Rudolph was sentenced in Birmingham, Ala., to life in prison for an abortion clinic bombing that killed an off-duty police officer and maimed a nurse.
2011Gen. David Petraeus handed over command of American and coalition forces in Afghanistan to Gen. John Allen.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Retired baseball player-manager Joe Torre turns 75 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
John GlennAstronaut; former U.S. senator, D-Ohio94
Dick ButtonFigure skater, sportscaster86
Paul VerhoevenDirector ("Basic Instinct," "Robocop")77
Dion DiMucciRock singer (Dion and the Belmonts)76
James BrolinActor75
Martha ReevesR&B singer (Martha and the Vandellas)74
Craig FullerRock singer (Little Feat, Pure Prairie League)66
Ricky SkaggsCountry singer61
Elizabeth McGovernActress54
Vin DieselActor48
Torii HunterBaseball player40
M.I.A.Singer, songwriter40
Kristen BellActress ("Veronica Mars")35
Chace CrawfordActor ("Gossip Girl")30
U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. turns 65 years old today.
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