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This Day In History: Aug 18

This Day in History

1920: The 19th Amendment is ratified, giving women the vote.
1963: James Meredith graduates from the Univ. of Mississippi, becoming the first black to do so.
1983: Hurricane Alicia crosses the Texas coast near Galveston and then moves inland to Houston, causing some 20 deaths and over $1 billion in damage.
2002: Leaders of four Central European nations meet in Berlin to organize aid after the worst flooding in living memory, which has killed 109 and caused $20 billion in damage.

Today's Birthdays

1774: Meriwether Lewis, explorer with William Clark (Albemarle County, VA; died 1809)
1917: Caspar Weinberger, business executive and former cabinet member (San Francisco, CA; died 1987)
1922: Shelley Winters, actress (St. Louis, MO; died 2006)
1927: Rosalynn Carter, former first lady of the United States (Plains, GA)
1933: Roman Polanski, director (Paris, France)
1934: Roberto Clemente, baseball player (Carolina, Puerto Rico; died 1972)
1937: Robert Redford, actor/director (Santa Monica, CA)
1943: Martin Mull, actor/comedian (Chicago, IL)
1952: Elayne Boosler, comedian (Brooklyn, NY)
1954: Patrick Swayze, actor/dancer (Houston, TX)
1958: Madeleine Stowe, actress (Los Angeles, CA)
1970: Malcolm-Jamal Warner, actor (Jersey City, NJ)
1971: Jada Pinkett Smith, actress (Baltimore, MD)

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