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Today in History
Today in History: Thursday, July  31, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On July 31, 1991, President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow.
 
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On this date in:
1777The Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, was made a major-general in the American Continental Army.
1875Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of the United States, died in Carter Station, Tenn., at age 66.
1914The New York Stock Exchange closed due to the outbreak of World War I. (Trading didn't resume until December.)
1919Germany's Weimar Constitution was adopted.
1972Democratic vice-presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton withdrew from the ticket with George McGovern following disclosures that Eagleton had once undergone psychiatric treatment.
1977The "Son of Sam" killer claimed his last victims when he shot and killed Stacy Moskowitz, 20, and seriously wounded her date as they sat in a parked car in Brooklyn, N.Y. (David Berkowitz was arrested less than two weeks later. He is serving six sentences of 25 years to life.)
1981A seven-week strike by major league baseball players ended.
1990Nolan Ryan became the 20th major league pitcher to win 300 games as his Texas Rangers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-3.
1995Walt Disney Co. agreed to acquire Capital Cities-ABC Inc. in a $19 billion deal.
2007The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a 26,000-strong peacekeeping force for Sudan's Darfur region.
2008Scientists reported the Phoenix spacecraft had confirmed the presence of frozen water in Martian soil.
2011President Barack Obama and congressional leaders announced a historic agreement on emergency legislation to avert the nation's first-ever financial default.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Author J.K. Rowling ("Harry Potter" books) turns 49 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Robert MorgenthauFormer Manhattan district attorney95
Geraldine ChaplinActress70
William WeldFormer Massachusetts governor69
Barry Van DykeActor63
Michael WolffJazz pianist, composer62
Alan AutryActor62
James ReadActor61
Michael BiehnActor58
Deval PatrickGovernor of Massachusetts58
Bill BerryRock musician (R.E.M.)56
Wesley SnipesActor52
Fatboy SlimRock musician51
Annie ParisseActress ("Law and Order")39
Zac BrownCountry singer, musician36
B.J. NovakActor, writer ("The Office")35
Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware turns 32 years old today.
AP Photo/Sharon Ellman