Today in History: Paris Liberated; Young Samantha Smith; Elton John; Dirty Dancing; Aaliyah

D-Day, June 6, 1944....more than two months later, Aug 25, Paris was officially liberated from the Germans
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Today in History
Today is Sunday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2013. There are 128 days left in the year.

Today in History:
On this date:
In 1825, Uruguay declared independence from Brazil.
In 1916, the National Park Service was established within the Department of the Interior.
In 1943, U.S.-led Allied troops liberated New Georgia in the Solomon Islands from Japanese forces during World War II
In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure providing pensions for former U.S. presidents and their widows.
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 1993, Amy Biehl, a 26-year-old Fulbright scholar from Newport Beach, Calif., was slain by a mob near Cape Town, South Africa. (The four men convicted in Biehl's death claimed the attack was part of the war on apartheid; they were granted amnesty after confessing before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.)
In 2009, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy died at age 77 in Hyannis Port, Mass.
One year ago: Neil Armstrong, 82, who commanded the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing and was the first man to set foot on the moon in July 1969, died in Cincinnati.

Today's Birthdays: Game show host Monty Hall is 92. Actor Sean Connery is 83. Actor Page Johnson is 83. TV personality Regis Philbin is 82. Actor Tom Skerritt is 80. Jazz musician Wayne Shorter is 80. Movie director Hugh Hudson is 77. Author Frederick Forsyth is 75. Actor David Canary is 75. Movie director John Badham is 74. Filmmaker Marshall Brickman is 74. Rhythm-and-blues singer Walter Williams (The O'Jays) is 71. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is 71. Actor Anthony Heald is 69. Rock musician Danny Smythe is 65. Rock singer-actor Gene Simmons is 64. Actor John Savage is 64. Country singer-musician Henry Paul (Outlaws; Blackhawk) is 64. Rock singer Rob Halford is 62. Rock musician Geoff Downes (Asia) is 61. Rock singer Elvis Costello is 59. Movie director Tim Burton is 55. Actor Christian LeBlanc is 55. Actress Ashley Crow is 53. Actress Ally Walker is 52. Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus is 52. Actress Joanne Whalley is 52. Rock musician Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard) is 51. Actor Blair Underwood is 49. Actor Robert Maschio is 47. Rap DJ Terminator X (Public Enemy) is 47. Alternative country singer Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) is 46. Actor David Alan Basche (BAYSH) is 45. Television chef Rachael Ray is 45. Actor Cameron Mathison is 44. Country singer Jo Dee Messina is 43. Model Claudia Schiffer is 43.

In Entertainment history -
On August 25th,
In 1973, Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks suffered a broken leg in a car crash in Macon, Ga.
In 1976, Boston released their self-titled album.
In 1980, the long-running Broadway musical "42nd Steet" opened. After the performance, it was announced that director Gower Champion had died earlier in the day.
In 1984, author Truman Capote died in Los Angeles. An autopsy revealed he overdosed on valium, codeine and barbiturates.
In 1986, Paul Simon's "Graceland" album was released.
In 1994, a New York Supreme Court justice formally dissolved the marriage between Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley.
In 1999, keyboardist Rob Fisher of Naked Eyes died after a long illness. He was 39.
In 2001, singer Aaliyah (ah-LEE'-yah) and eight others died in a plane crash shortly after takeoff in the Bahamas. She was 22.