Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Today in History: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actress Viola Davis turns 50 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Eric CarmenSinger66
Hulk HoganWrestler, actor62
Joe JacksonRock singer61
Joe RoganActor, host ("Fear Factor")48
Charlie SextonRock musician47
Pablo SandovalBaseball player29
Alyson StonerActress22
Actress Ashley Jensen ("Ugly Betty," "Extras") turns 47 years old today.
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