Today In History

Today in History: Wednesday, February  24, 2016
AP Highlight in History:
On Feb. 24, 1803, the Supreme Court in Marbury v. Madison ruled itself the final interpreter of constitutional issues.
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On this date in:
1582 Pope Gregory XIII issued a papal bull outlining his calendar reforms. (The Gregorian Calendar is the calendar in general use today.)
1821 Mexico declared its independence from Spain.
1863 Arizona was organized as a territory.
1868 The House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempt to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; the Senate later acquitted Johnson.
1903 The United States signed an agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
1920 The German Workers Party, which later became the Nazi Party, met in Munich to adopt its platform.
1942 The Voice of America went on the air for the first time.
1945 American soldiers liberated the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese control during World War II.
1955 Apple computer co-founder Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco.
1981 Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain’s Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.
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1998 Comedian Henny Youngman died at age 91.
1999 Lauryn Hill won five Grammys for her debut solo album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”
2006 South Dakota lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions.
2008 Cuba’s parliament named Raul Castro president, ending nearly 50 years of rule by his brother Fidel.
Today’s Birthdays:
Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., turns 74 years old today.
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Name Profession Age
Steven Hill Actor (“Law and Order”) 94
Dominic Chianese Actor, singer (“The Sopranos”) 85
Zell Miller Former Georgia governor and senator 84
Barry Bostwick Actor (“Spin City”) 71
Edward James Olmos Actor 69
George Thorogood Rock singer, musician 66
Debra Jo Rupp Actress (“That ’70s Show”) 65
Fred Dean Fooball Hall of Famer 64
Eddie Murray Baseball Hall of Famer 60
Michelle Shocked Rock singer 54
Billy Zane Actor 50
Lleyton Hewitt Tennis player 35
Broadcast journalist Paula Zahn turns 60 years old today.
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