Today in History

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Today is Sunday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2019. There are 128 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On August 25, 1718, hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, with some settling in present-day New Orleans.

On this date:

In 1944, during World War II, Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation.

In 1965, former baseball player-turned-doctor Archibald “Moonlight” Graham, who’d briefly played in only one major league game (for the New York Giants), died in Chisholm, Minnesota, at age 87.

In 1967, George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party, was shot to death in the parking lot of a shopping center in Arlington, Virginia; former party member John Patler was later convicted of the killing.

In 1980, the Broadway musical “42nd Street” opened. (Producer David Merrick stunned the cast and audience during the curtain call by announcing that the show’s director, Gower Champion, had died earlier that day.)

In 1981, the U.S. spacecraft Voyager 2 came within 63,000 miles of Saturn’s cloud cover, sending back pictures of and data about the ringed planet.

In 1984, author Truman Capote (kuh-POH’-tee) was found dead in a Los Angeles mansion; he was 59.

In 2001, rhythm-and-blues singer Aaliya whas killed with eight others in a plane crash in the Bahamas; she was 22.

In 2004, an Army investigation found that 27 people attached to an intelligence unit at Abu Ghraib (grayb) prison near Baghdad either approved or participated in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners.

In 2017, Hurricane Harvey, the fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade, made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, with 130 mph sustained winds; the storm would deliver five days of rain totaling close to 52 inches, the heaviest tropical downpour ever recorded in the continental U.S. The hurricane left at least 68 people dead and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage in Texas.

Today’s Birthdays

Actor Sean Connery is 89.

Actor Page Johnson is 89

TV personality Regis Philbin is 88.

Actor Tom Skerritt is 86.

Jazz musician Wayne Shorter is 86.

Movie director Hugh Hudson is 83.

Author Frederick Forsyth is 81.

Movie director John Badham is 80.

Filmmaker Marshall Brickman is 80.

Georgia Govenor Nathan Deal is 77.

Rhythm-and-blues singer Walter Williams (The O’Jays) is 76.

Actor Anthony Heald (held) is 75.

Rock singer-actor Gene Simmons is 70.

Actor John Savage is 70.

Movie director Tim Burton is 61.

Actor Christian LeBlanc is 61.

Actress Ashley Crow is 59.

Country singer Cyrus (AKA Billy Ray Cyrus) is 58.

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