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This Day In History: Aug. 22

This Day in History

1911: Authorities announce in Paris that Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa has been stolen; it is recovered 2 years later in Italy.
1984: The Republican National Convention nominates Pres. Ronald Reagan and Vice Pres. George Bush for a 2nd term, in a single roll-call vote.
1989: Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers baseball team becomes the first pitcher to strike out 5,000 batters during a 2-0 Texas loss to Oakland.
1996: A major welfare reform bill is signed, providing for welfare through block grants to the states and ending the federal guarantee of subsidies to poor people with children.

Today's Birthdays

1834: Samuel Pierpont Langley, astronomer/physicist and aviation pioneer (Roxbury, MA; died 1906)
1862: Claude Debussy, composer/musician (St. Germain-en-Laye, France; died 1918)
1893: Dorothy Parker, author (West End, NJ; died 1967)
1904: Deng Xiaoping, dominant political figure in China after the death of Mao Zedong (Paifang, Sichuan Province, China; died 1997)
1908: Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photojournalism pioneer and one of the preeminent photographers of the 20th century (Chanteloup, France; died 2004)
1915: David Dellinger, a leader of the U.S. antiwar movement during the Vietnam War era and defendant in the Chicago Seven political criminal conspiracy trial (Wakefield, MA; died 2004)
1920: Ray Bradbury, science fiction writer (Waukegan, IL)
1934: H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Operation Desert Storm military leader (Trenton, NJ)
1935: E. Annie Proulx, novelist/short-story writer (Norwich, CT)
1939: Carl Yastrzemski, baseball player (Southampton, NY)
1940: Valerie Harper, actress (Suffern, NY)
1941: Bill Parcells, football coach (Englewood, NJ)
1945: Steve Kroft, TV journalist (Kokomo, IN)
1947: Cindy Williams, actress (Van Nuys, CA)
1956: Paul Molitor, baseball player (St. Paul, MN)
1964: Tori Amos, singer/songwriter/musician (Newton, NC)
1973: Howie Dorough, singer and member of the Backstreet Boys (Orlando, FL)


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