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This Day In History: Aug. 4

This Day in History

1914: Pres. Woodrow Wilson proclaims U.S. neutrality in the European war (World War I ).
1964: The bodies of 3 civil rights workers, missing since June, are found buried in Mississippi.
1972: Arthur Bremer is convicted and sentenced to 63 years in prison for shooting AL Gov. George Wallace and 3 bystanders in May.
1977: Pres. Jimmy Carter signs an act creating a new cabinet-level Energy Dept.
2003: The first West African peacekeepers arrive in Liberia's capital to quell two months of continuous civil war, days after Pres. Charles Taylor announces he will step down.

Today's Birthdays

1792: Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet (Warnham, Sussex, England; died 1822)
1900: Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, mother of Queen Elizabeth II (Hertfordshire, England; died 2002),
1901: Louis Armstrong, jazz trumpeter (New Orleans, LA; died 1971)
1910: William Howard Schuman, composer (New York, NY; died 1992)
1920: Helen Thomas, journalist (Winchester, KY)
1921: Maurice ""Rocket"" Richard, hockey player (Montreal, Quebec, Canada; died 2000)
1929: Yasir Arafat, Palestinian leader (Jerusalem, Israel; died 2004)
1930: Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraqi Shiite religious leader (Mashhad, Iran)
1942: Kate Michelman, abortion-rights activist (NJ)
1944: Richard Belzer, actor/comedian (Bridgeport, CT)
1955: Alberto Gonzales, U.S. attorney general (San Antonio, TX). Billy Bob Thornton, actor (Hot Springs, AR)
1956: Meg Whitman, eBay president and CEO (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)
1958: Mary Decker, champion track athlete (Flemington, NJ)
1961: Barack Obama, IL senator (Honolulu, HI)
1962: Roger Clemens, baseball pitcher (Dayton, OH)
1971: Jeff Gordon, auto racer (Pittsboro, IN)

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