Today in History
Today in History: Monday, August  03, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On Aug. 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that would take him to the present-day Americas.
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1778The opera house La Scala opened in Milan, Italy, with a performance of Antonio Salieri's "Europa riconosciuta."
1914At the outbreak of World War I, British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey remarked: "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime."
1914Germany declared war on France.
1923Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, one day after President Warren G. Harding died of a heart attack.
1943Gen. George S. Patton slapped a private at an army hospital in Sicily, accusing him of cowardice.
1948Whittaker Chambers, a former Communist, publicly accused former State Department official Alger Hiss of having been part of a Communist underground, a charge Hiss denied.
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1949The National Basketball Association was formed.
1981U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike, despite a warning from President Ronald Reagan that they would be fired.
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1987The Iran-Contra congressional hearings ended with none of the 29 witnesses tying President Ronald Reagan directly to the diversion of arms-sales profits to Nicaraguan rebels.
1994Stephen G. Breyer was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice.
2011Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak denied all charges against him as he went on trial for alleged corruption and complicity in the deaths of protesters who'd helped drive him from power.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Singer Tony Bennett turns 89 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
P.D. JamesAuthor95
Marv LevyHall of Fame football coach90
Martha StewartLifestyle guru74
John LandisDirector65
Marcel DionneHockey Hall of Famer64
Jay NorthActor ("Dennis the Menace")64
Randy ScruggsCountry musician62
John C. McGinleyActor ("Scrubs")56
James HetfieldRock musician (Metallica)52
Isaiah WashingtonActor52
Tom BradyFootball player38
Evangeline LillyActress ("Lost")36
Mamie GummerActress32
Whitney DuncanCountry singer ("Nashville Star")31
Actor Martin Sheen ("The West Wing") turns 75 years old today.
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