Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Today in History: Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Sean Connery turns 85 years old today.
AP Photo/Peter Kramer
Monty HallGame show host ("Let's Make a Deal")94
Regis PhilbinTalk show, game show host84
Wayne ShorterJazz saxophonist82
Tom SkerrittActor ("Picket Fences")82
Marshall BrickmanFilmmaker76
Rollie FingersBaseball Hall of Famer69
Gene SimmonsRock musician (Kiss)66
Rob HalfordRock singer (Judas Priest)64
Elvis CostelloRock musician61
Tim BurtonDirector57
Billy Ray CyrusCountry singer54
Ally WalkerActress54
Blair UnderwoodActor51
Albert BelleBaseball player49
Jeff TweedyRock singer (Wilco)48
Rachael RayTV chef47
Claudia SchifferModel45
Rachel BilsonActress ("The O.C.")34
Actress Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl") turns 28 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini
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