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Today in History
Today in History: Thursday, August  21, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On Aug. 21, 2011, euphoric Libyan rebels raced into Tripoli and took control of the center with little resistance as Moammar Gadhafi's defenses collapsed and his four-decade regime appeared to be crumbling.
 
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On this date in:
1831Nat Turner launched a short-lived, violent slave rebellion in Virginia.
1858The first of seven debates between U.S. Senate candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas took place in Ottawa, Ill.
1878The American Bar Association was founded in Saratoga, N.Y.
1904Jazz musician and bandleader William "Count" Basie was born in Red Bank, N.J.
1940Exiled Russian Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky died in Mexico City from wounds inflicted by an assassin.
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1959President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union.
1961Country singer Patsy Cline recorded the Willie Nelson song "Crazy" in Nashville for Decca Records.
1983Philippine opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino Jr., ending a self-imposed exile in the United States, was shot dead moments after stepping off a plane at Manila International Airport.
1987Sgt. Clayton Lonetree, the first Marine ever court-martialed for spying, was convicted in Quantico, Va., of passing secrets to the KGB.
1991A hard-line coup against Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev collapsed in the face of a popular uprising led by Russian federation President Boris Yeltsin.
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1992An 11-day siege began at the cabin of white separatist Randy Weaver in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, as government agents tried to arrest him for failing to appear in court on charges of selling two illegal sawed-off shotguns.
2002A jury in San Diego convicted David Westerfield of kidnapping and killing 7-year-old Danielle van Dam. (He was later sentenced to death.)
2006British prosecutors announced that 11 people had been charged in an alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic jetliners bound for the United States.
2009Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to lift a ban that prohibited sexually active gays and lesbians from serving as ministers.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actresss Kim Cattrall ("Sex and the City") turns 58 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Melvin Van PeeblesActor, director82
Kenny RogersCountry singer76
Clarence Williams IIIActor ("The Mod Squad")75
Jackie DeShannonSinger73
Margaret ChanWorld Health Organization director general68
Harry SmithBroadcast journalist63
Jon TesterU.S. senator, D-Mont.58
Carrie-Anne MossActress44
Alicia WittActress39
Actress Hayden Panettiere ("Heroes," "Nashville") turns 25 years old today.
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