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Today in History
Today in History: Wednesday, August  27, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On Aug. 27, 1908, Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, was born near Stonewall, Texas.
 
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On this date in:
1770German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was born in Stuttgart.
1859Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful U.S. oil well near Titusville, Pa.
1883The island volcano Krakatoa erupted and the resulting tidal waves claimed some 36,000 lives on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra.
1928The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris, outlawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of disputes.
1945American troops began landing in Japan following the surrender of the Japanese government in World War II.
1962The United States launched the Mariner 2 space probe, which flew past Venus the following December.
1967The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, was found dead from an overdose of sleeping pills.
1975Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia's 3,000-year-old monarchy, died in Addis Ababa almost a year after being overthrown.
1979British war hero Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed off the coast of Ireland in a boat explosion; the Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility.
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2007Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty in Richmond, Va., to a federal dogfighting charge.
2008Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb., turns 71 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Daryl DragonMusician (The Captain and Tennille)72
Tuesday WeldActress71
Paul ReubensActor ("Pee-Wee's Playhouse")62
Alex LifesonRock musician (Rush)61
Yolanda AdamsGospel singer53
Chandra WilsonActress ("Grey's Anatomy")45
Tony KanalRock musician (No Doubt)44
Jim ThomeBaseball player44
Alexa VegaActress ("Spy Kids" films)26
Actress Sarah Chalke ("Scrubs") turns 38 years old today.
AP Photo/Charles Sykes