Today in History


Today’s Highlight in History:

On August 11, 1992, the Mall of America, the nation’s largest shopping-entertainment center, opened in Bloomington, Minnesota.

On this date:

In 1919, Germany’s Weimar Constitution was signed by President Friedrich Ebert.

In 1949, President Harry S. Truman nominated General Omar N. Bradley to become the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In 1964, the Beatles movie “A Hard Day’s Night” had its U.S. premiere in New York.

In 1965, rioting and looting that claimed 34 lives broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles.

In 1984, at the Los Angeles Olympics, American runner Mary Decker fell after colliding with South African-born British competitor Zola Budd in the 3,000-meter final; Budd finished seventh.

In 2017, a federal judge ordered Charlottesville, Virginia, to allow a weekend rally of white nationalists and other extremists to take place at its originally planned location downtown. (Violence erupted at the rally, and a woman was killed when a man plowed his car into a group of counterprotesters.)

Today’s Birthdays:

Computer scientist and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is 69

Wrestler-actor Hulk Hogan is 66.

Singer Joe Jackson is 65.

Playwright David Henry Hwang is 62.

Actor Miguel A. Nunez Jr. is 60.

Actress Viola Davis is 54.

Actress Embeth Davidtz is 54.

Actor Duane Martin is 54.

Actor-host Joe Rogan is 52.

Rhythm-and-blues musician Chris Dave is 51.

Actress Anna Gunn is 51.

Actress Ashley Jensen is 51.

Actress Sophie Okonedo is 51.

Actress Merritt Wever is 39.

Actor Chris Hemsworth is 36.

Rock musician Heath Fogg (Alabama Shakes) is 35.

Singer J-Boog is 34.

Rapper Asher Roth is 34.

Actress Alyson Stoner is 26.

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