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Today in History: East Germany seals off Berlin’s border

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2019. There are 140 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 13, 1961, East Germany sealed off the border between Berlin’s eastern and western sectors before building a wall that would divide the ...

Today in History: Car plows into crowd in Charlottesville

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2019. There are 141 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 12, 2017, a car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally in the Virginia college town of ...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg sworn in as second US Supreme Court justice

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Aug. 10, the 222nd day of 2019. There are 143 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 10, 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the second female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. On this date: In 1861, ...

Nuclear device dropped over Nagasaki in 1945

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Aug. 9, the 221st day of 2019. There are 144 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 9, 1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, a U.S. B-29 Superfortress code-named Bockscar dropped a nuclear device ...

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Today is Monday, Aug. 5, the 217th day of 2019. There are 148 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 5, 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, was found dead in her Los Angeles home; her death was ruled a probable suicide from “acute barbiturate poisoning.” On ...

Carter establishes Department of Energy, 1977

Today is Sunday, Aug. 4, the 216th day of 2019. There are 149 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 4, 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed a measure establishing the Department of Energy. On this date: In 1790, the U.S. Coast Guard had its beginnings as ...

Columbus sets sail, 1492

Today is Saturday, Aug. 3, the 215th day of 2019. There are 150 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 3, 1972, the U.S. Senate ratified the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union. (The U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the ...

Today in History: Uprising in Warsaw starts, continues for 2 months

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2019. There are 152 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 1, 1944, an uprising broke out in Warsaw, Poland, against Nazi occupation; the revolt lasted two months before collapsing. On this ...

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Today is Wednesday, July 31, the 212th day of 2019. There are 153 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 31, 1954, Pakistan’s K2 was conquered as two members of an Italian expedition, Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli, reached the summit. On this date: In ...

Today in History: Charles and Diana wed in 1981

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, July 29, the 210th day of 2019. There are 155 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 29, 1981, Britain’s Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in a glittering ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The couple ...

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Today is Friday, July 26, the 207th day of 2019. There are 158 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 26, 2016, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. On ...

Today in History: Columbia carries 1st woman space flight commander

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, July 23, the 204th day of 2019. There are 161 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 23, 1999, space shuttle Columbia blasted off with the world’s most powerful X-ray telescope and Eileen Collins, the first woman to ...

Today in History: Apollo 11 orbits moon

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, July 19, the 200th day of 2019. There are 165 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 19, 1969, Apollo 11 and its astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins, went into orbit around the moon. On ...

Armstrong, Aldrin walk on moon in Apollo 11 mission

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, July 20, the 201st day of 2019. There are 164 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after reaching the surface in ...

French Revolution begins as citizens storm Bastille prison, 1789

Today is Sunday, July 14, the 195th day of 2019. There are 170 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 14, 1980, the Republican national convention opened in Detroit, where nominee-apparent Ronald Reagan told a welcoming rally he and his supporters were determined to ...

Today in History: Wilson delivers Treaty of Versailles to Senate in 1919

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, July 10, the 191st day of 2019. There are 174 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 10, 1991, Boris N. Yeltsin took the oath of office as the first elected president of the Russian republic. President George H.W. Bush ...