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Today in History: Thursday, July  31, 2014
AP Highlight in History: 
On July 31, 1991, President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow.
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On this date in:
1777 The Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, was made a major-general in the American Continental Army.
1875 Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of the United States, died in Carter Station, Tenn., at age 66.
1914 The New York Stock Exchange closed due to the outbreak of World War I. (Trading didn't resume until December.)
1919 Germany's Weimar Constitution was adopted.
1972 Democratic vice-presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton withdrew from the ticket with George McGovern following disclosures that Eagleton had once undergone psychiatric treatment.
1977 The "Son of Sam" killer claimed his last victims when he shot and killed Stacy Moskowitz, 20, and seriously wounded her date as they sat in a parked car in Brooklyn, N.Y. (David Berkowitz was arrested less than two weeks later. He is serving six sentences of 25 years to life.)
1981 A seven-week strike by major league baseball players ended.
1990 Nolan Ryan became the 20th major league pitcher to win 300 games as his Texas Rangers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-3.
1995 Walt Disney Co. agreed to acquire Capital Cities-ABC Inc. in a $19 billion deal.
2007 The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a 26,000-strong peacekeeping force for Sudan's Darfur region.
2008 Scientists reported the Phoenix spacecraft had confirmed the presence of frozen water in Martian soil.
2011 President Barack Obama and congressional leaders announced a historic agreement on emergency legislation to avert the nation's first-ever financial default.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Author J.K. Rowling ("Harry Potter" books) turns 49 years old today.
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Name Profession Age
Robert Morgenthau Former Manhattan district attorney 95
Geraldine Chaplin Actress 70
William Weld Former Massachusetts governor 69
Barry Van Dyke Actor 63
Michael Wolff Jazz pianist, composer 62
Alan Autry Actor 62
James Read Actor 61
Michael Biehn Actor 58
Deval Patrick Governor of Massachusetts 58
Bill Berry Rock musician (R.E.M.) 56
Wesley Snipes Actor 52
Fatboy Slim Rock musician 51
Annie Parisse Actress ("Law and Order") 39
Zac Brown Country singer, musician 36
B.J. Novak Actor, writer ("The Office") 35
Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware turns 32 years old today.
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