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Today in History
Today in History: Friday, August  18, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees the right of women to vote, was ratified when Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it.
 
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On this date in:
1227The Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died.
1587Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil, on what is now Roanoke Island, N.C.
1846U.S. forces led by Gen. Stephen W. Kearny captured Santa Fe, N.M.
1914President Woodrow Wilson issued his Proclamation of Neutrality, aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I.
1963James Meredith became the first African-American to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
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1969The Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, N.Y., concluded with a mid-morning set by Jimi Hendrix.
1983Hurricane Alicia slammed into the Texas coast, leaving 22 dead and causing more than a billion dollars in damage.
1988Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle was nominated as George H.W. Bush's running mate during the Republican National Convention in New Orleans.
1991Soviet hard-liners launched a coup aimed at toppling President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, who was vacationing in the Crimea.
1997Virginia Military Institute admitted a female student for the first time in its 158-year history.
2005A judge in Wichita, Kan., sentenced BTK serial killer Dennis Rader to 10 consecutive life terms.
2008Pervez Musharraf resigned as the president of Pakistan amid efforts by opposition lawmakers to seek his impeachment.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Comedian Andy Samberg ("Saturday Night Live") turns 39 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Rosalynn CarterFormer first lady90
Roman PolanskiDirector84
Robert RedfordActor80
Martin MullActor74
Elayne BooslerComedian65
Denis LearyActor, comedian ("Rescue Me")60
Madeleine StoweActress59
Timothy GeithnerFormer treasury secretary56
Bob WoodruffBroadcast journalist56
Craig BierkoActor53
Christian SlaterActor48
Malcolm-Jamal WarnerActor ("The Cosby Show")47
Kaitlin OlsonActress ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia")42
Actor Edward Norton turns 48 years old today.
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