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August 02nd - Today's Highlights in History

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Sunday, August 02nd
The 214th day of 2009.
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Today's Highlights in History

   On Aug. 2, 1923, the 29th president of the United States, Warren G. Harding, died in San Francisco. Calvin Coolidge took the oath of office as President of the United States. (Go to article.)

On Aug. 2, 1924, James Baldwin, the American essayist, novelist and playwright whose work explored racial issues, was born. Following his death on Dec. 1, 1987, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   On August 2, 1884, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about the presidential election of 1884. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
On this date in:

1776    Members of the Continental Congress began signing the Declaration of Independence.

1876    Frontiersman "Wild Bill" Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood, S.D.

1907    Baseball Hall of Famer Walter Johnson made his major league debut with the Washington Senators.

1921    Opera singer Enrico Caruso died in Naples, Italy.

1921    A jury in Chicago acquitted several former members of the Chicago White Sox and two others of conspiring to defraud the public by throwing the World Series.

1934    German President Paul von Hindenburg died, paving the way for Adolf Hitler's complete takeover.

1939    Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt urging creation of an atomic weapons research program.

1943    PT-109, a Navy patrol torpedo boat commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, sank after being sheared in two by a Japanese destroyer off the Solomon Islands. Kennedy was credited with saving members of the crew.

1945    President Harry S. Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Clement Attlee concluded the Potsdam conference.

1964    The Pentagon reported the first of two attacks on U.S. destroyers by North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin.

1979    New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson died in the crash of his private plane in Canton, Ohio.

1985    A Delta Air Lines jumbo jet crashed while attempting to land at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, killing 137 people.

1990    Iraq invaded Kuwait, seizing control of the oil-rich emirate.

2000    Republicans nominated Texas Gov. George W. Bush for president and Dick Cheney for vice president at the party's convention in Philadelphia.

2003    Liberian President Charles Taylor agreed to cede power.

2007    Mattel recalled nearly a million Chinese-made toys from its Fisher-Price division that were found to have excessive amounts of lead.

Current Birthdays

Mary-Louise Parker turns 45 years old today.

AP Photo/Jeff Christensen Actress Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds") turns 45 years old today.

87    Paul Laxalt
Former U.S. senator, R-Nevada

77    Peter O'Toole

74    Hank Cochran
Country singer

72    Garth Hudson
Rock musician (The Band)

70    Wes Craven
Film director

70    John Snow
Former treasury secretary

66    Kathy Lennon
Singer (The Lennon Sisters)

66    Max Wright

64    Joanna Cassidy

59    Kathryn Harrold

58    Andrew Gold

56    Butch Patrick
Actor ("The Munsters")

52    Mojo Nixon

50    Victoria Jackson
Actress ("Saturday Night Live")

50    Apollonia
Actress ("Purple Rain")

47    Cynthia Stevenson
Actress ("Men in Trees")

43    Tim Wakefield
Baseball player

41    John Stanier
Rock musician

39    Kevin Smith
Writer, director

33    Sam Worthington

32    Edward Furlong

29    Devon Glenn
Rock musician

27    Grady Sizemore
Baseball player

17    Hallie Eisenberg

Historic Birthdays

James Baldwin

8/2/1924 - 12/1/1987
American essayist, novelist and playwright
(Go to obit.)

49    John Manners Granby
8/2/1721 - 10/18/1770
English army officer; hero of the Seven Years' War

70    Pierre-Charles L'Enfant
8/2/1754 - 6/14/1825
French-born American engineer, architect and city planner

65    Elisha Gray
8/2/1835 - 1/21/1901
American inventor

88    Charles Francis Adams
8/2/1866 - 6/11/1954
American lawyer, businessman and government official

32    Ernest Dowson
8/2/1867 - 2/23/1900
British poet

80    John French Sloan
8/2/1871 - 9/7/1951
American painter, etcher and lithographer

84    Romulo Gallegos
8/2/1884 - 4/4/1969
Venezuelan novelist and president (1948)

88    Myrna Loy
8/2/1905 - 12/14/1993
American motion-picture actress

64    John Dexter
8/2/1925 - 3/23/1990
English stage director of opera and drama

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