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Today in History
Today in History: Saturday, August  30, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On Aug. 30, 2005, a day after Hurricane Katrina hit, floodwaters covered 80 percent of New Orleans, looting continued to spread and rescuers in helicopters and boats picked up hundreds of stranded people.
 
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On this date in:
1797"Frankenstein" author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in London.
1862Union forces were defeated by the Confederates at the Second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Va.
1893Huey P. Long, the "Kingfish" of Louisiana politics, was born in Winn Parish, La.
1905Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb made his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers.
1918Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams was born in San Diego.
1941Nazi forces began a siege of Leningrad during World War II that lasted nearly two and a half years.
1945Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrived in Japan and set up Allied occupation headquarters.
1963A hot-line communications link between Washington, D.C., and Moscow went into operation.
1965The album "Highway 61 Revisited" by Bob Dylan was released.
1967The Senate confirmed the appointment of Thurgood Marshall as the first African-American justice on the Supreme Court.
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1983Guion S. Bluford Jr. became the first African-American astronaut to travel in space when he blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
1989A federal jury in New York found "hotel queen" Leona Helmsley guilty of income tax evasion but acquitted her of extortion.
1990President George H.W. Bush told a news conference that a "new world order" could emerge from the Persian Gulf crisis.
1993"The Late Show with David Letterman" premiered on CBS.
1999Residents of East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia in a U.N.-sponsored ballot.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffett turns 84 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Bill DailyActor ("I Dream of Jeannie," "The Bob Newhart Show")87
Elizabeth AshleyActress75
R. CrumbCartoonist ("Fritz the Cat")71
Jean-Claude KillySkier71
Peggy LiptonActress ("The Mod Squad")67
Lewis BlackComedian ("The Daily Show")66
Timothy BottomsActor63
Robert ParishBasketball Hall of Famer61
Michael ChiklisActor ("The Shield")51
Lisa LingTV personality41
Cliff LeeBaseball player36
Andy RoddickTennis player32
Actress Cameron Diaz turns 42 years old today.
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