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Continued: Today in History

  • Article by: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS , Associated Press
  • Last update: August 30, 2014 - 11:05 PM

Ten years ago: At the Republican National Convention in New York, First Lady Laura Bush and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger praised President George W. Bush as a man of strength and compassion. Palestinian suicide bombers blew up two buses in Beersheba, Israel, killing 16 passengers. A woman strapped with explosives blew herself up outside a busy Moscow subway station, killing 10 people.

Five years ago: Extremely dangerous and strengthening Hurricane Jimena roared toward Mexico's resort-studded Baja California Peninsula. Walt Disney Co. announced it was acquiring comic book giant Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion.

One year ago: Short of support at home and allies abroad, President Barack Obama stepped back from a missile strike against Syria and instead asked Congress to support a strike against President Bashar Assad's regime for suspected use of chemical weapons. British television interviewer David Frost, 74, died aboard a cruise ship bound for the Mediterranean.

Today's Birthdays: Japanese monster movie actor Katsumi Tezuka is 102. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Frank Robinson is 79. Actor Warren Berlinger is 77. Rock musician Jerry Allison (Buddy Holly and the Crickets) is 75. Actor Jack Thompson is 74. Violinist Itzhak Perlman is 69. Singer Van Morrison is 69. Rock musician Rudolf Schenker (The Scorpions) is 66. Actor Richard Gere is 65. Olympic gold medal track and field athlete Edwin Moses is 59. Rock singer Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) is 57. Rock musician Gina Schock (The Go-Go's) is 57. Singer Tony DeFranco (The DeFranco Family) is 55. Rhythm-and-blues musician Larry Waddell (Mint Condition) is 51. Actor Jaime P. Gomez is 49. Baseball pitcher Hideo Nomo is 46. Rock musician Jeff Russo (Tonic) is 45. Singer-composer Deborah Gibson is 44. Rock musician Greg Richling (Wallflowers) is 44. Actor Zack Ward is 44. Golfer Padraig Harrington is 43. Actor Chris Tucker is 42. Actress Sara Ramirez is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Tamara (Trina & Tamara) is 37.

Thought for Today: "Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know." — William Saroyan, American author and playwright (born this date in 1908, died 1981).

(Above Advance for Use Sunday, August 31)

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