Today In History

Today in History: Wednesday, August  02, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On Aug. 2, 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, seizing control of the oil-rich emirate.
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216During the Second Punic War, Carthaginian forces led by Hannibal defeated the Roman army in the Battle of Cannae.
1776Members of the Continental Congress began signing the Declaration of Independence.
1876Frontiersman "Wild Bill" Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood in present-day South Dakota.
1923President Warren G. Harding died of a heart attack in San Francisco at age 57.
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1934German President Paul von Hindenburg died, paving the way for Adolf Hitler's complete takeover.
1939Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt urging creation of an atomic weapons research program.
1943PT-109, a Navy patrol torpedo boat commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, sank after being sheared in two by a Japanese destroyer off the Solomon Islands. Kennedy was credited with saving members of the crew.
1945President Harry S. Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Clement Attlee concluded the Potsdam conference.
1964The Pentagon reported the first of two attacks on U.S. destroyers by North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin.
1985A Delta Air Lines jumbo jet crashed while attempting to land at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, killing 137 people.
2000Republicans nominated Texas Gov. George W. Bush for president and Dick Cheney for vice president at the party's convention in Philadelphia.
2007Mattel recalled nearly a million Chinese-made toys from its Fisher-Price division that were found to have excessive amounts of lead.
2011The Senate passed, and President Barack Obama signed, legislation to avoid an unprecedented national default.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds") turns 53 years old today.
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Paul LaxaltFormer U.S. senator, R-Nevada95
Garth HudsonRock musician (The Band)80
Wes CravenDirector78
John SnowFormer treasury secretary78
Joanna CassidyActress72
Butch PatrickActor ("The Munsters")64
Mojo NixonSinger60
Victoria JacksonActress ("Saturday Night Live")58
ApolloniaActress ("Purple Rain")58
Cynthia StevensonActress55
Tim WakefieldBaseball player51
Kevin SmithWriter, director47
Edward FurlongActor40
Hallie EisenbergActress25
Actor Sam Worthington ("Avatar") turns 41 years old today.
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SOURCE: The Associated Press