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Today in History: Friday, August  26, 2016
AP Highlight in History:
On Aug. 26, 1920, The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was declared in effect.
Audio LinkCarrie Chapman Catt, president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association
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1847Liberia was proclaimed an independent republic.
1910Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia.
1939Major league baseball was televised for the first time when experimental station W2XBS broadcast a doubleheader between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field.
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1957The Soviet Union announced that it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.
1961The Hockey Hall of Fame opened in Toronto.
1964President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for a term of office in his own right at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.
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1974Aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh died at age 72.
1978Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice was elected the 264th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church and took the name John Paul I.
1986In the so-called "preppie murder case," 18-year-old Jennifer Levin was found strangled in New York's Central Park. (Robert Chambers later pleaded guilty to manslaughter and served 15 years in prison.)
2003Investigators concluded that NASA's overconfident management and inattention to safety doomed the space shuttle Columbia as much as damage to the craft did.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Melissa McCarthy ("Mike and Molly") turns 46 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Ben BradleeFormer Washington Post executive editor95
Ben J. WattenbergAuthor83
Tom HeinsohnBasketball Hall of Famer82
Tom RidgeFormer director of homeland security71
Valerie SimpsonR&B singer (Ashford and Simpson)70
Branford MarsalisJazz saxophonist56
Chris BurkeActor ("Life Goes On")51
Adrian YoungRock musician (No Doubt)47
ThaliaSinger, actress45
Macaulay CulkinActor ("Home Alone")36
CassieR&B singer30
Keke PalmerActress23
Actor Chris Pine ("Star Trek") turns 36 years old today.
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