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TODAY IN HISTORY



Today in History: Friday, August  22, 2014
AP Highlight in History: 
On Aug. 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed welfare legislation ending guaranteed cash payments to the poor and demanding work from recipients.
 
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1485 England's King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, ending the War of the Roses.
1846 The United States annexed New Mexico.
1851 The schooner America outraced the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the America's Cup.
1893 Author, poet, critic and wit Dorothy Parker was born in West Bend, N.J.
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1902 President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. chief executive to ride in an automobile, in Hartford, Conn.
1904 Chinese communist leader Deng Xiaoping was born in Sichuan province.
1920 Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Ill.
1956 President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard M. Nixon were nominated for second terms by the Republican National Convention in San Francisco.
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1972 President Richard Nixon was nominated for a second term of office by the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach.
1986 Kerr-McGee Corp. agreed to pay the estate of Karen Silkwood $1.38 million, settling a 10-year-old nuclear contamination lawsuit.
1992 On the second day of the Ruby Ridge siege in Idaho, an FBI sharpshooter killed Vicki Weaver, the wife of white separatist Randy Weaver.
2003 Alabama's chief justice, Roy Moore, was suspended for his refusal to obey a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of his courthouse.
2005 The last Jewish settlers left the Gaza Strip, ending decades of Israel's turbulent occupation.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actress-comedian Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live") turns 41 years old today.
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Name Profession Age
Morton Dean Broadcast journalist 79
Annie Proulx Author 79
Valerie Harper Actress ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Rhoda") 75
Bill Parcells Hall of Fame football coach 73
David Chase Writer, producer ("The Sopranos") 69
Steve Kroft Broadcast journalist ("60 Minutes") 69
Cindy Williams Actress ("Laverne and Shirley") 67
Paul Molitor Baseball Hall of Famer 58
Vernon Reid Rock musician (Living Colour) 56
Regina Taylor Actress ("The Unit") 54
Roland Orzabal Rock singer (Tears For Fears) 53
Debbi Peterson Rock musician (The Bangles) 53
Tori Amos Rock singer 51
Mats Wilander Tennis Hall of Famer 50
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Actor ("Lost," "Oz") 47
Ty Burrell Actor ("Modern Family") 47
Baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski turns 75 years old today.
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