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TODAY IN HISTORY



Today in History: Thursday, August  27, 2015
AP Highlight in History: 
On Aug. 27, 1908, Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, was born near Stonewall, Texas.
 
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On this date in:
1770 German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was born in Stuttgart.
1859 Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful U.S. oil well near Titusville, Pa.
1883 The island volcano Krakatoa erupted and the resulting tidal waves claimed some 36,000 lives on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra.
1928 The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris, outlawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of disputes.
1945 American troops began landing in Japan following the surrender of the Japanese government in World War II.
1962 The United States launched the Mariner 2 space probe, which flew past Venus the following December.
1967 The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, was found dead from an overdose of sleeping pills.
1975 Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia's 3,000-year-old monarchy, died in Addis Ababa almost a year after being overthrown.
1979 British war hero Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed off the coast of Ireland in a boat explosion; the Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility.
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2007 Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty in Richmond, Va., to a federal dogfighting charge.
2008 Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb., turns 72 years old today.
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Name Profession Age
Daryl Dragon Musician (The Captain and Tennille) 73
Tuesday Weld Actress 72
Paul Reubens Actor ("Pee-Wee's Playhouse") 63
Alex Lifeson Rock musician (Rush) 62
Yolanda Adams Gospel singer 54
Chandra Wilson Actress ("Grey's Anatomy") 46
Tony Kanal Rock musician (No Doubt) 45
Jim Thome Baseball player 45
Alexa Vega Actress ("Spy Kids" films) 27
Actress Sarah Chalke ("Scrubs") turns 39 years old today.
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