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Today in History: Wednesday, August  23, 2017
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On Aug. 23, 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty.
 
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1754France's King Louis XVI was born at Versailles.
1775Britain's King George III proclaimed the American colonies in a state of open rebellion.
1912Actor and dancer Gene Kelly was born in Pittsburgh.
1926Silent film star Rudolph Valentino died at age 31.
1927Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in Boston for the murders of two men during a 1920 robbery.
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1960Broadway librettist Oscar Hammerstein II died at age 65.
1979Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defected while the Bolshoi Ballet was on tour in New York.
1989Yusuf Hawkins, an African-American teenager, was shot dead by white youths in Brooklyn.
2000The first season finale of the reality show "Survivor" aired on CBS, with contestant Richard Hatch winning the $1 million prize.
2003Former Roman Catholic priest John Geoghan, a convicted child molester, was killed by a fellow inmate in a Massachusetts prison.
2005Israeli forces evicted militant holdouts from two Jewish settlements, completing a historic withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank.
2008Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama introduced his choice of running mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware.
2010Golfer Tiger Woods and his wife, Elin Nordegren, divorced.
2011Judges in New York put an end to the sensational sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, setting him free after prosecutors questioned the credibility of the hotel housekeeper who'd accused the French diplomat.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant turns 39 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Marian SeldesActress89
Vera MilesActress87
Barbara EdenActress ("I Dream of Jeannie")86
Mark RussellComedian85
Pete WilsonFormer California governor, U.S. senator84
Sonny JurgensenFootball Hall of Famer83
Richard SandersActor ("WKRP in Cincinnati")77
Linda ThompsonRock singer70
Shelley LongActress ("Cheers")68
Rick SpringfieldActor, singer68
Jay MohrActor47
Joanne FroggattActress ("Downton Abbey")37
Queen Noor of Jordan turns 66 years old today.
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