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A thought for the day: When you're traveling, you are what you are, right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road. -- William Least Heat-Moon

Other Notable Events for August 27

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On this date in history:

In 1859, the first successful oil well in the United States was drilled near Titusville, Pa.

In 1883, the most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history occurred on Krakatoa, a small, uninhabited island west of Sumatra in Indonesia.

In 1928, the Kellogg-Briand Pact, outlawing war as ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for August 27

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Those born on this date include:

- German philosopher Georg Hegel in 1770
- novelist Theodore Dreiser in 1871
- English automaker Charles Rolls in 1877
- photographer Man Ray in 1890
- British novelist C.S. Forester in 1899
- Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th president of the United States, in 1908
- ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 27, the 239th day of 2015 with 126 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mercury and Saturn.

Concept art of Mariner 2

This Day in History, August 27

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On August 27th, 1962, the Mariner 2 was launched.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: The moral test of a government is how it treats those who are at the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadow of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped. -- Hubert H. Humphrey

Other Notable Events for August 26

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On this date in history:

In 1920, eight days after it was ratified, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect -- giving women the right to vote.

In 1964, Democrats nominated U.S. President Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey. (They won easily in November.)

In 1974, Charles Lindbergh died at the ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for August 26

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Those born on this date include:

- British statesman Robert Walpole in 1676
- French scientist Antoine Lavoisier, the founder of modern chemistry, in 1743
- Lee De Forest, known as the father of radio, in 1873
- Charlie Chan detective series author Earl Derr Biggers in 1884
- poet/novelist Christopher Isherwood ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 26, the 238th day of 2015 with 127 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn.

Bull Run

This Day in History, August 26

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On August 26th, 1862, the Second Battle of Bull Run began.

Historic New Orleans sign

This Day in History, August 25

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On August 25th, 1718, the city of New Orleans was founded.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: It was Hartford (Conn.) Courant Editor Charles Dudley Warner -- and not his friend and colleague Mark Twain -- who said, Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.

Other Notable Events for August 24

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On this date in history:

In 79 A.D., thousands died and the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy.

In 1814, the British captured Washington and burned the Capitol and the White House.

In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly non-stop across the...Read more

Notable Birthdays for August 24

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Those born on this date include:

- Pioneer British abolitionist William Wilberforce in 1759
- English author/parodist Max Beerbohm in 1872
- country music publisher Fred Rose in 1898
- Argentine poet/author Jorge Luis Borges in 1899
- Palestinian leader/Nobel Peace Prize laureate Yasser Arafat in 1929
- ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Monday, Aug. 24, the 236th day of 2015 with 129 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn.

Potato chips

This Day in History, August 24

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On August 24th, 1853, potato chips were first prepared.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: Don't tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. -- Gen. George S. Patton

Other Notable Events for August 23

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On this date in history:

In 1926, silent screen idol Rudolph Valentino died.

In 1927, despite worldwide demonstrations on their behalf, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed for murder.

In 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact. (Less than two ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for August 23

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Those born on this date include:

- French King Louis XVI in 1754
- British economist Arnold Toynbee in 1852
- poet and novelist Edgar Lee Masters in 1868
- British radio pioneer William Eccles in 1875
- Gen. Jonathan Wainwright, hero of Bataan in World War II, in 1883
- humorist Will Cuppy in 1884
- ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Sunday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2015 with 130 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn.

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