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Today in History
Today in History: Saturday, August  19, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On Aug. 19, 1934, a plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler as Fuhrer.
 
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On this date in:
1929The comedy "Amos 'n' Andy" made its network radio debut on NBC.
1960A tribunal in Moscow convicted American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers of espionage.
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1969Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis began three days of recording sessions that yielded the album "Bitches Brew."
1976President Gerald R. Ford won the Republican presidential nomination at the party's national convention in Kansas City.
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1977Comedian Groucho Marx died at age 86.
1994President Bill Clinton halted the nation's three-decade open-door policy for Cuban refugees.
1996A judge sentenced former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker to four years' probation for his Whitewater crimes.
2004The Internet search engine Google went public.
2005A Texas jury found pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. liable for the death of a man who'd taken the once-popular painkiller Vioxx.
2010A federal grand jury indicted retired baseball player Roger Clemens for allegedly lying to Congress about steroid use. (Clemens' trial this year ended in a mistrial.)
2010The last American combat brigade exited Iraq, seven years and five months after the U.S.-led invasion began.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Matthew Perry ("Friends") turns 48 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Ginger BakerRock musician (Cream, Blind Faith)78
Jill St. JohnActress77
Fred ThompsonActor, former U.S. senator, R-Tenn.75
Bill ClintonFormer president71
Jim CarterActor ("Downton Abbey")69
Tipper GoreWife of former Vice President Al Gore69
Gerald McRaneyActor ("Major Dad")69
Mary MatalinPolitical consultant64
Peter GallagherActor62
Adam ArkinActor61
Morton AndersenFootball player57
John StamosActor ("Full House')54
Kevin DillonActor ("Entourage")52
Lee Ann WomackCountry singer51
Tabitha SorenMTV reporter50
Fat JoeRapper47
Tracie ThomsActress ("Cold Case")42
Erika ChristensenActress35
RomeoRapper28
Actress Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer") turns 52 years old today.
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