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Today in History
Today in History: Friday, August  22, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On Aug. 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed welfare legislation ending guaranteed cash payments to the poor and demanding work from recipients.
 
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1485England's King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, ending the War of the Roses.
1846The United States annexed New Mexico.
1851The schooner America outraced the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the America's Cup.
1893Author, poet, critic and wit Dorothy Parker was born in West Bend, N.J.
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1902President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. chief executive to ride in an automobile, in Hartford, Conn.
1904Chinese communist leader Deng Xiaoping was born in Sichuan province.
1920Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Ill.
1956President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard M. Nixon were nominated for second terms by the Republican National Convention in San Francisco.
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1972President Richard Nixon was nominated for a second term of office by the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach.
1986Kerr-McGee Corp. agreed to pay the estate of Karen Silkwood $1.38 million, settling a 10-year-old nuclear contamination lawsuit.
1992On the second day of the Ruby Ridge siege in Idaho, an FBI sharpshooter killed Vicki Weaver, the wife of white separatist Randy Weaver.
2003Alabama's chief justice, Roy Moore, was suspended for his refusal to obey a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of his courthouse.
2005The last Jewish settlers left the Gaza Strip, ending decades of Israel's turbulent occupation.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actress-comedian Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live") turns 41 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Morton DeanBroadcast journalist79
Annie ProulxAuthor79
Valerie HarperActress ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Rhoda")75
Bill ParcellsHall of Fame football coach73
David ChaseWriter, producer ("The Sopranos")69
Steve KroftBroadcast journalist ("60 Minutes")69
Cindy WilliamsActress ("Laverne and Shirley")67
Paul MolitorBaseball Hall of Famer58
Vernon ReidRock musician (Living Colour)56
Regina TaylorActress ("The Unit")54
Roland OrzabalRock singer (Tears For Fears)53
Debbi PetersonRock musician (The Bangles)53
Tori AmosRock singer51
Mats WilanderTennis Hall of Famer50
Adewale Akinnuoye-AgbajeActor ("Lost," "Oz")47
Ty BurrellActor ("Modern Family")47
Baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski turns 75 years old today.
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