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August 19th - Today's Highlights in History

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Wednesday, August 19th
The 231st day of 2009.
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Today's Highlights in History

   On Aug. 19, 1934, a plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler as Fuhrer. (Go to article.)

On Aug. 19, 1883, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, the influential French fashion designer, was born. Following her death on Jan. 10, 1971, her obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   On August 19, 1871, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about the Tweed Ring. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1812    The USS Constitution defeated the British frigate Guerriere east of Nova Scotia during the War of 1812.

1929    The comedy "Amos 'n' Andy" made its network radio debut on NBC.

1942    About 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launched a disastrous raid against the Germans at Dieppe, France, suffering about 50 percent casualties.

1955    Severe flooding in the Northeast caused by the remnants of Hurricane Diane claimed some 200 lives.

1960    A tribunal in Moscow convicted American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers of espionage.

1969    Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis began three days of recording sessions that yielded the album "Bitches Brew."

1974    U.S. Ambassador Rodger P. Davies was fatally wounded by a bullet that penetrated the American embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus, during a protest by Greek Cypriots.

1976    President Gerald R. Ford won the Republican presidential nomination at the party's national convention in Kansas City.

1977    Comedian Groucho Marx died at age 86.

1994    President Bill Clinton halted the nation's three-decade open-door policy for Cuban refugees.

1996    A judge sentenced former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker to four years' probation for his Whitewater crimes.

2003    A suicide truck bomb struck U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, killing 22, including the top U.N. envoy, Sergio Vieira de Mello.

2004    Internet search engine Google went public.

2005    A Texas jury found pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. liable for the death of a man who'd taken the once-popular painkiller Vioxx, awarding his widow $253.4 million in damages. (The award was reduced to about $26 million by state caps on punitive damages.)

Current Birthdays

Kyra Sedgwick turns 44 years old today.

AP Photo/Matt Sayles Actress Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer") turns 44 years old today.

82    L.Q. Jones

76    Debra Paget

71    Diana Muldaur

70    Ginger Baker
Rock musician (Cream, Blind Faith)

69    Johnny Nash
R&B singer

69    Jill St. John

67    Fred Thompson
Actor, former U.S. senator, R-Tenn.

66    Billy J. Kramer

65    Eddy Raven
Country singer-songwriter

64    Ian Gillan
Rock singer (Deep Purple)

63    Bill Clinton
Former president

61    Tipper Gore
Wife of former Vice President Al Gore

61    Gerald McRaney
Actor ("Major Dad")

58    John Deacon
Rock musician (Queen)

57    Jonathan Frakes

56    Mary Matalin
Political consultant

54    Peter Gallagher
Actor ("The O.C.")

53    Adam Arkin

52    Gary Chapman
Country singer, songwriter

52    Martin Donovan

50    Ivan Neville
R&B singer

49    Morton Andersen
Football player

47    Eric Lutes

46    John Stamos
Actor ("Full House," "ER")

44    Kevin Dillon
Actor ("Entourage")

43    Lee Ann Womack
Country singer

42    Tabitha Soren
MTV reporter

41    Mark McGuinn
Country singer, songrwriter

40    Nate Dogg

40    Matthew Perry
Actor ("Friends")

40    Clay Walker
Country singer

39    Fat Joe

34    Tracie Thoms
Actress ("Cold Case")

28    Rissi Palmer
Country singer

27    Erika Christensen

26    Missy Higgins

25    Karli Osborn
Country singer

24    J. Evan Bonifant

20    Romeo

Historic Birthdays

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel

8/19/1883 - 1/10/1971
French dress designer
(Go to obit.)

73    John Flamsteed
8/19/1646 - 12/31/1719
English founder of the Greenwich Observatory

50    Jeanne Becu du Barry
8/19/1743 - 12/8/1793
French mistress of Louis XV

73    Seth Thomas
8/19/1785 - 1/29/1859
American clock manufacturer; pioneered mass production

94    Bernard Baruch
8/19/1870 - 6/20/1965
American financier and adviser to United States presidents

73    Georges Enesco
8/19/1881 - 5/4/1955
Romanian violinist and composer

91    Ton Duc Thang
8/19/1888 - 3/30/1980
Vietnamese communist leader; succeeded Ho Chi Minh

84    Alfred Lunt
8/19/1892 - 8/3/1977
American actor

88    Colleen Moore
8/19/1900 - 1/25/1988
American actress

68    Ogden Nash
8/19/1902 - 5/19/1971
American poet

74    James Gould Cozzens
8/19/1903 - 8/9/1978
American novelist

70    Gene Roddenberry
8/19/1921 - 10/24/1991
American creator of the Star Trek series

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