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Today in History: Wednesday, August  24, 2016
AP Highlight in History:
On Aug. 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew smashed into Florida, causing record damage; 55 deaths in Florida, Louisiana and the Bahamas were blamed on the storm.
 
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79Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash. An estimated 20,000 people died.
1572The slaughter of French Protestants at the hands of Catholics began in Paris.
1814British forces invaded Washington, D.C., and set fire to the Capitol and the White House.
1857The New York branch of the Ohio Life Insurance and Trust Co. failed, sparking the Panic of 1857.
1932Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly nonstop across the United States, traveling from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in just over 19 hours.
1949The North Atlantic Treaty went into effect.
1954The Communist Control Act went into effect, virtually outlawing the Communist Party in the United States.
1968France became the world's fifth thermonuclear power as it exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific.
1970A bomb planted by anti-war extremists exploded at the University of Wisconsin's Army Math Research Center in Madison, killing a researcher.
1981Mark David Chapman was sentenced in New York to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of rock musician John Lennon.
1989Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti banned Pete Rose from the game for gambling.
2006The International Astronomical Union declared that Pluto was no longer a planet, demoting it to the status of a "dwarf planet."
2007A judge in Inverness, Fla., sentenced John Evander Couey to death for kidnapping 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, raping her and burying her alive.
2007James Ford Seale, a reputed Ku Klux Klansman, was sentenced to three life terms for his role in the 1964 abduction and murder of two black teenagers in Mississippi.
2007The NFL suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick for his involvement in dogfighting.
2011Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple Inc.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actor Rupert Grint ("Harry Potter" movies) turns 28 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Kenny BakerActor (R2D2 in "Star Wars")82
Max ClelandFormer U.S. senator, D-Ga.74
Anne ArcherActress69
Joe ManchinU.S. senator, D-W.Va.69
Joe RegalbutoActor ("Murphy Brown")67
Bob CorkerU.S. senator, R-Tenn.64
Mike ShanahanFootball coach64
Mike HuckabeeFormer governor of Arkansas61
Gerry CooneyBoxer60
Stephen FryActor59
Steve GuttenbergActor58
Cal Ripken Jr.Baseball Hall of Famer56
Jared HarrisActor ("Mad Men")55
Craig KilbornTalk show host54
Reggie MillerBasketball Hall of Famer51
David GregoryBroadcast journalist ("Meet the Press")46
Dave ChappelleActor, comedian ("Chappelle's Show")43
Chad Michael MurrayActor ("One Tree Hill")35
Actress Marlee Matlin turns 51 years old today.
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