Monday, August 7, 2017

Today in History: Monday, August 07, 2017

AP Highlight in History: 
On Aug. 7, 1998, al Qaida set off bombs at the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 224 people - including 12 Americans - and injuring more than 5,500.
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On this date in:
1912The Progressive Party nominated Theodore Roosevelt for president.
1942U.S. forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II.
1964Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad powers to deal with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces.
1971Apollo 15 returned to Earth after a manned mission to the moon.
1974French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center.
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1990President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. troops and warplanes to Saudi Arabia to guard the oil-rich desert kingdom against a possible invasion by Iraq.
2000Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore chose Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman as his running mate, making him the first Jewish candidate on a major party ticket.
2002Major league baseball players and owners agreed on the sport's first tests for steroids.
2007Barry Bonds became baseball's career home run leader when he hit No. 756 during a home game in San Francisco, passing Hank Aaron's mark.
2008Georgia shelled the capital of breakaway republic South Ossetia. (Russia responded by occupying much of Georgia in a five-day war.)
2009Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin accused President Barack Obama of proposing a "death panel" that would decide who receives treatment in his health care plan.
2010Elena Kagan was sworn in as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor David Duchovny ("The X Files," "Californication") turns 57 years old today.
AP Photo/Dan Steinberg
Garrison KeillorWriter, humorist ("A Prairie Home Companion")75
B.J. ThomasSinger75
John GloverActor73
Wayne KnightActor ("Seinfeld")62
Alberto SalazarMarathon runner59
Harold PerrineauActor ("Lost")54
Abbie CornishActress35
Sidney CrosbyHockey player30
Mike TroutBaseball player26
Actress Charlize Theron turns 42 years old today.
AP Photo/Peter Kramer
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