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Today in History
Today in History: Wednesday, July  29, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On July 29, 1588, the English soundly defeated the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines.
 
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1890Artist Vincent van Gogh died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers, France, at age 37.
1914Transcontinental telephone service began with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco.
1948Britain's King George VI opened the Olympic Games in London.
1957Jack Paar debuted as host of NBC's "Tonight" show.
1958President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
1967Fire swept the USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin, killing 134 servicemen.
1981Britain's Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
Audio LinkDr. Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury
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1993The Israeli Supreme Court acquitted retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk of being Nazi death camp guard "Ivan the Terrible" and threw out his death sentence.
1999A day trader opened fire in two Atlanta brokerage offices, killing nine people and wounding 13 before shooting himself to death; he had earlier killed his wife and two children.
2008Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, was indicted on seven felony counts of concealing more than a quarter of a million dollars in house renovations and gifts he had received from a powerful oil contractor. (A judge later dismissed the case, saying prosecutors had withheld evidence.)
2008Army scientist Bruce Ivins commited suicide as prosecutors prepared to indict him in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns turns 62 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Nancy Kassebaum BakerFormer U.S. senator, R-Kansas83
Elizabeth DoleFormer U.S. senator, R-N.C.79
Marilyn QuayleWife of former Vice President Dan Quayle66
Tim GunnTV personality ("Project Runway")62
Geddy LeeRock singer, musician (Rush)62
Patti ScialfaRock singer, musician (The E Street Band)62
Martina McBrideCountry singer49
Wil WheatonActor43
Danger MouseDJ (Gnarls Barkley)38
Rachel MinerActress35
Actor Stephen Dorff turns 42 years old today.
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