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Today in History
Today in History: Monday, August  31, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On Aug. 31, 1980, Poland's Solidarity labor movement was born with an agreement that ended a 17-day strike at the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk.
 
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On this date in:
1888Mary Ann Nichols, a prostitute, was found murdered in London's East End. She is generally regarded as the first victim of Jack the Ripper.
1935President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an act prohibiting the export of U.S. arms to belligerents.
1954Hurricane Carol hit the northeastern United States, resulting in nearly 70 deaths and millions of dollars in damage.
1962The Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago became independent within the British Commonwealth.
1985California's "Night Stalker" killer Richard Ramirez was captured by residents of an East Los Angeles neighborhood.
1992White separatist Randy Weaver surrendered to authorities in Naples, Idaho, ending an 11-day siege by federal agents that claimed the lives of Weaver's wife and son and a deputy U.S. marshal.
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1994Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltics after half a century.
1997Britain's Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris at age 36.
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2005Some 1,000 people were killed when a religious procession across a Baghdad bridge was engulfed in panic over rumors of a suicide bomber.
2006Iran defied a U.N. deadline to stop enriching uranium.
2009Walt Disney Co. announced it was acquiring comic book giant Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion.
2010President Barack Obama ended the U.S. combat mission in Iraq, declaring no victory after seven years of bloodshed.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actor Richard Gere turns 66 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Frank RobinsonBaseball Hall of Famer80
Jerry AllisonRock musician (Buddy Holly and the Crickets)76
Van MorrisonRock singer, musician70
Itzhak PerlmanViolinist70
Glenn TilbrookRock singer (Squeeze)58
Deborah GibsonSinger, actress45
Queen RaniaWife of Jordan's King Abdullah II45
Chris TuckerActor43
Sara RamirezActress ("Grey's Anatomy")40
Larry FitzgeraldFootball player32
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin turns 69 years old today.
AP Photo/Kathy Willens