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Today in History
Today in History: Tuesday, May  31, 2016
AP Highlight in History:
On May 31, 1889, more than 2,200 people died when a dam break flooded Johnstown, Pa.
 
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On this date in:
1819Poet Walt Whitman was born in West Hill, N.Y.
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1859The Big Ben clock tower in London went into operation.
1913The 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for the popular election of U.S. senators, was declared in effect.
1916British and German fleets fought the Battle of Jutland off Denmark during World War I.
1961South Africa became an independent republic as it withdrew from the British Commonwealth.
1962Gestapo official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel for his role in the Holocaust.
1977The trans-Alaska oil pipeline was completed after three years of work.
1990The sitcom "Seinfeld" premiered on NBC.
1991Leaders of Angola's two warring factions signed a peace treaty, ending a 16-year civil war.
1994The United States announced it was no longer aiming long-range nuclear missiles at targets in the former Soviet Union.
2003Eric Rudolph, suspected in bombings at a Birmingham. Ala., abortion clinic and at the Atlanta Olympics, was arrested outside a grocery store in Murphy, N.C. (He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four life terms.)
2005Former FBI official W. Mark Felt stepped forward as "Deep Throat," the secret Washington Post source that helped bring down President Richard M. Nixon during the Watergate scandal.
2009Dr. George Tiller, a provider of late-term abortions, was shot and killed in a Wichita, Kan., church. (Gunman Scott Roeder was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison.)
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actor-director Clint Eastwood turns 86 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Peter YarrowFolk singer, musician (Peter, Paul and Mary)78
Sharon GlessActress ("Cagney and Lacey")73
Joe NamathFootball Hall of Famer73
Tom BerengerActor ("The Big Chill," "Platoon")66
Gregory HarrisonActor66
Roma MaffiaActress ("Nip/Tuck")58
Chris ElliottComedian56
Lea ThompsonActress ("Back to the Future" movies)55
Corey HartRock singer54
DMCRapper (Run-DMC)52
Kenny LoftonBaseball player49
Christian McBrideJazz bassist44
Archie PanjabiActress ("The Good Wife," "Bend It Like Beckham")44
Colin FarrellActor40
Actress Brooke Shields turns 51 years old today.
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