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Today in History: Wednesday, August  16, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On Aug. 16, 1977, singer Elvis Presley died at Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tenn., at age 42.
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1858A telegraphed message from Britain's Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.
1888T.E. Lawrence, the British soldier who gained fame as "Lawrence of Arabia," was born in Tremadoc, Wales.
1913Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin was born in Brest-Litovsk in present-day Belarus.
1948Baseball Hall of Famer Babe Ruth died at age 53.
1954Sports Illustrated was first published by Time Inc.
1956Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for president at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
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1960Britain granted independence to Cyprus.
1987Thousands of people worldwide began a two-day celebration of the "harmonic convergence," which believers called the start of a new, purer age of humankind.
1988Vice President George H.W. Bush tapped Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle to be his running mate on the Republican ticket.
2000Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles nominated Vice President Al Gore for president.
2002Terrorist mastermind Abu Nidal was found shot to death in Baghdad, Iraq.
2003Idi Amin, the former dictator of Uganda, died in Saudi Arabia.
2007Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen held for 3-1/2 years as an enemy combatant, was convicted in Miami of helping Islamic extremists and plotting overseas attacks. (He was sentenced to 17 years, four months in prison.)
2008Michael Phelps won the 100-meter butterfly by a hundredth of a second for his seventh gold medal of the Beijing Olympics, tying Mark Spitz's 1972 record.
2008Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi were married at their Beverly Hills, Calif., home.
2010China eclipsed Japan as the world's second biggest economy after three decades of blistering growth.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Steve Carell ("The Office") turns 55 years old today.
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Shimon PeresIsraeli politician94
Ann BlythActress89
Frank GiffordFootball Hall of Famer87
Tony TrabertTennis Hall of Famer87
Eydie GormeSinger86
Julie NewmarActress ("Batman")84
Bob BalabanActor72
Lesley Ann WarrenActress71
Carol Moseley-BraunFormer U.S. senator, D-Ill.70
Kathie Lee GiffordTV host ("Today")64
James CameronDirector ("Titanic")63
Laura InnesActress ("ER")60
Angela BassettActress59
Timothy HuttonActor57
Donovan LeitchActor, singer50
Andy MilderActor ("Weeds")49
Emily RobisonCountry singer, musician (The Dixie Chicks)45
Vanessa CarltonSinger37
Rumer WillisActress29
Singer Madonna turns 59 years old today.
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