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August 04th - Today's Highlights in History

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Tuesday, August 04th
The 216th day of 2009.
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Today's Highlights in History

   On Aug. 4, 1914, Britain declared war on Germany while the United States proclaimed its neutrality. (Go to article.)

On Aug. 4, 1901, Louis Armstrong, the influential American jazz trumpeter, was born. Following his death on July 6, 1971, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   On August 4, 1866, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about the Seven Weeks' (or Austro-Prussian) War. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1735    A jury acquitted John Peter Zenger of the New York Weekly Journal of seditious libel.

1790    The Coast Guard had its beginnings as the Revenue Cutter Service.

1792    Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was born in Field Place, England.

1830    Plans for the city of Chicago were laid out.

1892    Andrew and Abby Borden were axed to death in their home in Fall River, Mass. Lizzie Borden, Andrew Borden's daughter from a previous marriage, was accused of the killings, though she was later acquitted.

1916    The United States reached agreement with Denmark to purchase the Danish Virgin Islands for $25 million.

1929    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was born Rahman Abdel-Raouf Arafat Al-Qudwa in either Cairo or Gaza.

1944    Anne Frank, 15, was arrested along with her sister, parents and four other people, after they had spent two years hiding from the Nazis in a building in Amsterdam. Her diary became a famous account of the Holocaust.

1964    The bodies of three missing civil rights workers were found buried in an earthen dam in Mississippi.

1977    President Jimmy Carter signed a measure establishing the Department of Energy.

1987    The Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind the Fairness Doctrine, which required radio and TV stations to present balanced coverage of controversial issues.

1994    Serb-dominated Yugoslavia withdrew its support for Bosnian Serbs, sealing the 300-mile border between Yugoslavia and Serb-held Bosnia.

2002    A Palestinian suicide bomber blew up a bus in northern Israel during rush hour, killing nine passengers.

2005    A mini-submarine carrying seven Russians became caught on an underwater antenna 600 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean; the men were rescued three days later with help from a British vessel.

2007    Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants tied Hank Aaron's 755 career home runs in a 3-2 loss to the Padres in San Diego.

2007    Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees became at age 32 the youngest player in major league history to hit his 500th career home run, during a home game against Kansas City.

Current Birthdays

Barack Obama turns 48 years old today.

AP Photo/Ron Edmonds President Barack Obama turns 48 years old today.

89    Helen Thomas

70    Frankie Ford
Rock singer

68    Ted Strickland
Governor of Ohio

66    Tina Cole
Actress, singer

65    Richard Belzer
Actor, comedian ("Law and Order: Special Victims Unit")

60    John Riggins
Football Hall of Famer

54    Alberto Gonzales
Former attorney general

54    Billy Bob Thornton

51    Kym Karath
Actress ("The Sound of Music")

50    Lauren Tom

48    Michael Gelman
TV producer ("Live With Regis and Kelly")

47    Roger Clemens
Baseball player

44    Crystal Chappell
Actress ("Guiding Light")

44    Dennis Lehane

41    Rob Cieka
Rock musician (Boo Radleys)

41    Daniel Dae Kim
Actor ("Lost")

40    Michael DeLuise

38    Jeff Gordon
Race car driver

39    Ron Lester

38    Yo-Yo
Rapper, actress

36    Jon Nicholson
Country singer

28    Marques Houston
R&B singer, actor

17    Dylan Sprouse

17    Cole Sprouse

Historic Birthdays

Louis Armstrong

8/4/1901 - 7/6/1971
American jazz trumpeter
(Go to obit.)

40    Richard de Clare Gloucester
8/4/1222 - 7/15/1262
English nobleman

30    Percy Bysshe Shelley
8/4/1792 - 7/8/1822
English Romantic poet

90    Russell Sage
8/4/1816 - 7/22/1906
American financier

55    Walter Pater
8/4/1839 - 7/30/1894
British critic, essayist and humanist

70    Sir Pherozeshah Mehta
8/4/1845 - 11/5/1915
Indian politician and newspaper publisher

78    Sir Osbert Lancaster
8/4/1908 - 7/27/1986
English cartoonist, stage designer and writer

79    Glenn Cunningham
8/4/1909 - 3/10/1988
American champion middle-distance runner

82    William Schuman
8/4/1910 - 2/15/1992
American composer and educator

35    Raoul Wallenberg
8/4/1912 - 7/17/1947
Swedish businessman and diplomat; rescued thousands of Hungarian Jews during World War II

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