Today in History

Today is Saturday, August 20, the 232nd day of 2022. There are 133 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On August 20, 1986, postal worker Patrick Henry Sherrill went on a rampage through a post office in Edmond, Oklahoma, killing 14 co-workers before killing himself.

To this date :

In 1862, the New York Tribune published an open letter from publisher Horace Greeley calling on President Abraham Lincoln to take more aggressive action to free slaves and end the Southern rebellion.

In 1866, President Andrew Johnson officially declared the end of the Civil War, months after the fighting had ended.

In 1882, Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” had its premiere in Moscow.

In 1910, a series of wildfires swept through parts of Idaho, Montana and Washington, killing at least 85 people and burning some 3 million acres.

In 1940, exiled communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky was assassinated in Coyoacán, Mexico by Ramon Mercader. (Trotsky died the next day.)

In 1953, the Soviet Union publicly admitted to having tested a hydrogen bomb.

In 1955, hundreds of people were killed in anti-French riots in Morocco and Algeria.

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act, a nearly billion dollar anti-poverty measure.

In 1968, the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact countries began to invade Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague Spring” liberalization campaign.

In 1988, a ceasefire in the war between Iraq and Iran came into effect.

In 1989, fifty-one people died when a pleasure boat sank in the River Thames (tehmz) in London after colliding with a dredger.

In 2020, accepting the Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden pledged to move the nation beyond the chaos of Donald Trump’s tenure and restore him to his role as leader in the world; Closing out a virtual convention amid the pandemic, Biden addressed a largely empty arena in Delaware. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny fell ill on a flight to Moscow from Siberia and was hospitalized in a coma. (Navalny will spend five months in Germany recovering from nerve agent poisoning he blames on the Kremlin; he is arrested after returning to Russia.)

Ten years ago: In a historic change to one of the world’s most exclusive golf clubs, Georgia’s Augusta National invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first female members; both accepted. Comedian Phyllis Diller, 95, died at her home in Los Angeles.

Five years ago: Actor, comedian and longtime telethon host Jerry Lewis died of heart disease in Las Vegas at the age of 91.

A year ago: President Joe Biden pledged to repatriate all Americans from Afghanistan, as well as all Afghans who aided the US war effort there; his promise came as thousands of other Americans and others seeking to escape the Taliban struggled to get through overwhelming crowds and Taliban checkpoints at the airport. San Francisco has become the first major city in the nation to require proof of full COVID-19 vaccinations for people who dine in restaurants, work out in gyms or attend indoor concerts. China amended its population and family planning law to allow couples to legally have a third child; the change came just six years after the law was changed to allow a second child amid a plummeting birth rate. Tom T. Hall, the singer-songwriter who composed ‘Harper Valley PTA’ and sang about the simple joys of life as country music’s accomplished blue-collar bard, has died at his Tennessee home at 85 year.

Today’s birthdays: Boxing promoter Don King turns 91. Former Sen. George Mitchell, D-Maine, is 89. Former U.S. Representative Ron Paul, R-Texas, is 87. Former MLB All-Star Craig Nettles is 78 years old. Broadcast reporter Connie Chung is 76 years old. Musician Jimmy Pankow (Chicago) is 75 years old. Actor Ray Wise is 75 years old. Actor John Noble is 74 years old. Rock singer Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) is 74 years old. Country singer Rudy Gatlin is 70 years old. Singer-songwriter John Hiatt is 70 years old. Actor-director Peter Horton is 69. TV meteorologist Al Roker is 68 years old. Actor Jay Acovone is 67 years old. Actor Joan Allen is 66 years old. Director David O. Russell is 64 years old. TV personality Asha Blake is 61. Actor James Marsters is 60 years old. Rapper KRS-One is 57 years old. Actor Colin Cunningham is 56 years old. Actor Billy Gardell is 53 years old. Rock singer Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) is 52 years old. Actor Jonathan Ke Quan is 52 years old. Actor Misha Collins is 48 years old. Rock singer Monique Powell (Save Ferris) is 47. Jazz/pop singer-pianist Jamie Cullum is 43 years old. Actor Ben Barnes is 41 years old. Actor Meghan Ory is 40 years old. Actor Andrew Garfield is 39 years old. Actor Brant Daugherty is 37 years old. Actor-singer Demi Lovato is 30 years old. Actor Christopher Paul Richards is 19 years old.

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