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August 22nd - Today's Highlights in History

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« on: August 22, 2009, 03:16:43 pm »

Saturday, August 22nd
The 234th day of 2009.
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Today's Highlights in History

   
   On August 22, 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first United States chief executive to ride in an automobile in public... (Go to article.)

On Aug. 22, 1904, Deng Xiaoping, the powerful leader of the People's Republic of China from the late 1970's until his death in 1997, was born. Following his death on Feb. 19, 1997, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   
   On August 22, 1874, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about publisher James Gordon Bennett Jr. and the appointment of the first Roman Catholic cardinal in America. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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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.

1904    Chinese communist leader Deng Xiaoping was born in Sichuan province.

1956    President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard M. Nixon were nominated for second terms by the Republican National Convention in San Francisco.

1968    Pope Paul VI arrived in Bogota, Colombia, for the start of the first papal visit to Latin America.

1986    Kerr-McGee Corp. agreed to pay the estate of Karen Silkwood $1.38 million, settling a 10-year-old nuclear contamination lawsuit.

1989    Black Panther co-founder Huey P. Newton was shot to death in Oakland, Calif.

1996    President Bill Clinton signed welfare legislation ending guaranteed cash payments to the poor and demanding work from recipients.

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.

2008    The U.S. carried out airstrikes in western Herat province in Afghanistan; according to a later U.S. estimate, the raid resulted in the deaths of 33 civilians and 22 militants. (The Afghan government and U.N. investigators said that 90 civilians had died.)

Current Birthdays

Steve Kroft turns 64 years old today.

AP Photo/Evan Agostini Broadcast journalist Steve Kroft ("60 Minutes") turns 64 years old today.


89    Ray Bradbury
Author

89    Denton Cooley
Heart surgeon

75    H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Retired general

74    Morton Dean
Broadcast journalist

74    Annie Proulx
Author

73    Dale Hawkins
Rockabilly singer

70    Carl Yastrzemski
Baseball Hall of Famer

69    Valerie Harper
Actress ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Rhoda")

68    Bill Parcells
Football executive

62    Cindy Williams
Actress ("Laverne and Shirley")

53    Paul Molitor
Baseball Hall of Famer

52    Holly Dunn
Country singer

51    Vernon Reid
Rock musician (Living Colour)

50    Ricky Lynn Gregg
Country singer

49    Collin Raye
Country singer

49    Regina Taylor
Actress ("The Unit")

48    Roland Orzabal
Rock singer (Tears For Fears)

48    Debbi Peterson
Rock musician (The Bangles)

47    Gary Lee Conner
Rock musician (Screaming Trees)

46    Tori Amos
Rock singer

46    James DeBarge
R&B musician

46    Mila Mason
Country singer

45    Mats Wilander
Tennis Hall of Famer

43    GZA/The Genius
Rapper (Wu-Tang Clan)

42    Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Actor ("Lost," "Oz")

38    Rick Yune
Actor

37    Paul Doucette
Rock musician (Matchbox Twenty)

36    Beenie Man
Rapper, reggae singer

36    Howie Dorough
Singer (Backstreet Boys)

35    Jenna Leigh Green
Actress

36    Kristen Wiig
Comedian, actress ("Saturday Night Live")

34    Dean Back
Rock musician (Theory of a Deadman)

31    Jeff Stinco
Rock musician (Simple Plan)

29    Aya Sumika
Actress ("Numb3rs")

Historic Birthdays

Deng Xiaoping

8/22/1904 - 2/19/1997
Chinese communist leader
(Go to obit.)

?    Denis Papin
8/22/1647 - //c1712
French-born English physicist; invented the pressure cooker

71    Samuel Pierpont Langley
8/22/1834 - 2/27/1906
American astronomer, physicist and aeronautics pioneer

69    Mary Elizabeth Wood
8/22/1861 - 5/1/1931
American librarian and missionary

55    Claude Debussy
8/22/1862 - 3/25/1918
French composer

89    Willis Whitney
8/22/1868 - 1/9/1958
American chemist; founded General Electric research laboratory

73    Dorothy Parker
8/22/1893 - 6/7/1967
American short story writer and poet

85    Elizabeth Bergner
8/22/1900 - 5/12/1986
Austrian motion-picture and stage actress

73    Arthur M. Sackler
8/22/1913 - 5/26/1987
American physician, publisher and art collector

64    James Kirkwood
8/22/1924 - 4/21/1989
American librettist, actor and playwright


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