Friday, August 14, 2015

Today in History: Friday, August 14, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On Aug. 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, creating unemployment insurance and pension plans for the elderly.
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On this date in:
1848The Oregon Territory was established.
1900International forces entered Beijing to put down the Boxer Rebellion, which was aimed at purging China of foreigners.
1917China declared war on Germany and Austria during World War I.
1941President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued the Atlantic Charter, a statement of principles that renounced aggression.
1945President Harry S. Truman announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II.
1947Pakistan became independent of British rule.
1969British troops arrived in Northern Ireland to intervene in sectarian violence between Protestants and Roman Catholics.
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1973U.S. bombing of Cambodia came to a halt.
1980Workers went on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland - a job action that resulted in the creation of the Solidarity labor movement.
1980President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale were nominated for a second term at the Democratic National Convention in New York.
1996The Republican National Convention in San Diego nominated Bob Dole for president and Jack Kemp for vice president.
1997An unrepentant Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing.
2003A blackout hit the northeastern United States and part of Canada; 50 million people lost power.
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2006Israel halted its offensive against Hezbollah guerrillas as a U.N.-imposed cease-fire went into effect after a month of warfare that killed more than 900 people.
2009Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a Charles Manson follower who tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975, was released from a Texas prison hospital after more than three decades behind bars.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Halle Berry turns 49 years old today.
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Russell BakerNewspaper columnist90
Dash CroftsSinger (Seals and Crofts)77
David CrosbyRock singer, musician (Crosby, Stills and Nash)74
Steve MartinActor, comedian70
Susan Saint JamesActress ("Kate and Allie," "McMillan and Wife")69
Danielle SteelAuthor68
Gary LarsonCartoonist ("Far Side")65
Magic JohnsonBasketball Hall of Famer56
Marcia Gay HardenActress56
Sarah BrightmanSinger55
Susan OlsenActress ("The Brady Bunch")54
Catherine BellActress ("Army Wives," "JAG")47
Tim TebowFootball player28
Actress Mila Kunis turns 32 years old today.
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