Today in History
Today is Sunday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2013. There are 135 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On August 18, 1963, James Meredith became the first black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
On this date:
In 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil, on what is now Roanoke Island in North Carolina. (However, the Roanoke colony ended up mysteriously disappearing.)
In 1838, the first marine expedition sponsored by the U.S. government set sail from Hampton Roads, Va.; the crews traveled the southern Pacific Ocean, gathering scientific information.
In 1846, U.S. forces led by General Stephen W. Kearny captured Santa Fe, N.M.
In 1862, Dakota Indians began an uprising in Minnesota (the revolt was crushed by U.S. forces some six weeks later).
In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King dedicated the Thousand Islands Bridge connecting the United States and Canada.
In 1958, the novel "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov was first published in New York by G.P. Putnam's Sons, almost three years after it was originally published in Paris.
In 1983, Hurricane Alicia slammed into the Texas coast, leaving 21 dead and causing more than a billion dollars' worth of damage. The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Yankees, 5-4, in the completion of the "pine-tar" game in just 12 minutes.
In 1988, Vice President George H.W. Bush accepted the presidential nomination of his party at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans.
In 1993, a judge in Sarasota, Fla., ruled that Kimberly Mays, the 14-year-old girl who had been switched at birth with another baby, need never again see her biological parents, Ernest and Regina Twigg, in accordance with her stated wishes. (However, Kimberly later moved in with the Twiggs.)
Ten years ago: A senior French health official resigned after France's health minister admitted that up to 5,000 people might have died in a heat wave. The Liberian government and rebels signed a peace accord. Islamic extremists freed 14 European tourists six months after they'd been kidnapped by an al-Qaida-linked group in the Algerian desert.
Five years ago: Pervez Musharraf (pur-VEHZ' moo-SHAH'-ruhv) resigned as the president of Pakistan. Tropical Storm Fay pounded Cuba with torrential rain and wind before sweeping across the Florida Keys.
One year ago: Tropical Storm Helene quickly weakened into a tropical depression after moving ashore on Mexico's Gulf Coast. Diana Nyad launched her latest attempt to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a wetsuit or a shark cage, ending her bid three days later. Singer Scott McKenzie, 73, who performed "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" -- which became a hit in 1967 during the city's "Summer of Love" -- died in Los Angeles.
Today's Birthdays: Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is 86. Academy Award-winning director Roman Polanski is 80. Attorney and author Vincent Bugliosi is 79. Olympic gold medal decathlete Rafer Johnson is 78. Actor-director Robert Redford is 77.
Entertainment history -
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In 1979, singers Nick Lowe and Carlene Carter got married in Los Angeles. Portions of the taped wedding were used in Lowe's "Cruel To Be Kind" video. They have since split up.
In 1986, Bon Jovi released their "Slippery When Wet" album.
In 1991, musician Billy Preston was arrested after a 16-year-old boy reported being sexually attacked. Preston was released on bail.
In 1992, Woody Allen held a news conference in New York to deny allegations that he molested the daughter he and actress Mia Farrow adopted.
Also in 1992, director John Sturges died. Among his works are "The Great Escape" and "The Magnificent Seven."
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