Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Today in History: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On Feb. 24, 1803, the Supreme Court in Marbury v. Madison ruled itself the final interpreter of constitutional issues.
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On this date in:
1582Pope Gregory XIII issued a papal bull outlining his calendar reforms. (The Gregorian Calendar is the calendar in general use today.)
1821Mexico declared its independence from Spain.
1863Arizona was organized as a territory.
1868The House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempt to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; the Senate later acquitted Johnson.
1903The United States signed an agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
1920The German Workers Party, which later became the Nazi Party, met in Munich to adopt its platform.
1942The Voice of America went on the air for the first time.
1945American soldiers liberated the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese control during World War II.
1955Apple computer co-founder Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco.
1981Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain's Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.
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1998Comedian Henny Youngman died at age 91.
1999Lauryn Hill won five Grammys for her debut solo album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
2006South Dakota lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions.
2008Cuba's parliament named Raul Castro president, ending nearly 50 years of rule by his brother Fidel.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., turns 74 years old today.
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Abe VigodaActor ("Fish," "Barney Miller")95
Steven HillActor ("Law and Order")94
Dominic ChianeseActor, singer ("The Sopranos")85
Zell MillerFormer Georgia governor and senator84
James FarentinoActor78
Barry BostwickActor ("Spin City")71
Edward James OlmosActor69
George ThorogoodRock singer, musician66
Debra Jo RuppActress ("That '70s Show")65
Fred DeanFooball Hall of Famer64
Eddie MurrayBaseball Hall of Famer60
Michelle ShockedRock singer54
Billy ZaneActor50
Lleyton HewittTennis player35
Broadcast journalist Paula Zahn turns 60 years old today.
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