Today in History
Today in History: Thursday, December  14, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On Dec. 14, 2012, a gunman with a semi-automatic rifle killed 20 first-graders and six women at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., then committed suicide as police arrived. Authorities say 20-year-old Adam Lanza had fatally shot his mother at their home before carrying out the attack on the school.
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On this date in:
1799George Washington, the first president of the United States, died at his Mount Vernon, Va., home at age 67.
1819Alabama joined the Union as the 22nd state.
1861Prince Albert, husband of Britain's Queen Victoria, died in London.
1911Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole.
1946The United Nations General Assembly voted to establish the U.N. headquarters in New York City.
1979The album "London Calling" by the Clash was released.
1981Israel annexed the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in 1967.
1985Wilma Mankiller became the first woman to lead a major American Indian tribe as she took office as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
1993A Colorado judge struck down as unconstitutional the state's voter-approved ban on gay rights laws.
2000The Federal Trade Commission unanimously approved the $111 billion merger of America Online and Time Warner.
2006South Korea's Ban Ki-moon was sworn in as the eighth secretary-general of the United Nations.
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2008An Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at President George W. Bush during a news conference in Baghdad; Bush was not hit.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Vanessa Hudgens ("High School Musical" movies) turns 29 years old today.
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Patty DukeActress71
Michael OvitzFormer Walt Disney Co. president71
Stan SmithTennis Hall of Famer71
Craig BiggioBaseball player52
Natascha McElhoneActress ("Californication")48
Patty SchnyderTennis player39
Actress KaDee Strickland ("Private Practice") turns 42 years old today.
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