Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Today in History: Wednesday, August 05, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On August 5, 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Los Angeles home at age 36. (Her death was ruled a probable suicide from an overdose of barbiturates.)
 
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On this date in:
1861The federal government levied an income tax for the first time.
1884The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor.
1924The comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" by Harold Gray made its debut.
1930Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio.
1957"American Bandstand," hosted by Dick Clark, made its network TV debut on ABC.
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1963The United States, Britain and the Soviet Union signed a treaty in Moscow banning nuclear tests in the atmosphere, outer space and underwater.
1966The album "Revolver" by the Beatles was released.
1969The U.S. space probe Mariner 7 flew by Mars, sending back photographs and scientific data.
1981The federal government began firing striking air traffic controllers.
2001Afghanistan's ruling Taliban jailed eight foreign aid workers, including two Americans, for allegedly preaching Christianity.
2009Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was sworn in for a second term as Iran's president.
2010The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan as the Supreme Court's 112th justice and the fourth woman in its history. The vote was 63-37.
2010Thirty-three workers were trapped in a copper mine in northern Chile after a tunnel caved in. (They were rescued after being entombed for 69 days).
2011Standard & Poor's lowered the United States' AAA credit rating by one notch to AA-plus.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford turns 34 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Loni AndersonActress ("WKRP in Cincinnati")70
Rick DerringerRock singer68
Maureen McCormickActress ("The Brady Bunch")59
David BaldacciAuthor55
Tawney KitaenActress54
Patrick EwingBasketball Hall of Famer53
Jonathan SilvermanActor49
Terri ClarkCountry singer47
Actress Janet McTeer turns 54 years old today.
AP Photo/Vince Bucci
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