TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, AUG. 30, the 242nd day of 2017. There are 123 days left in the year. TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On this date in 1997, Americans received word of the car crash in Paris that claimed the lives of Princess Diana, her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and their driver, Henri Paul. (Because of the time difference, it was August 31 where the crash occurred.)
In 1861, Union Gen. John C. Fremont instituted martial law in Missouri and declared slaves there to be free. In 1905, Ty Cobb made his majorleague debut as a player for the Detroit Tigers.
In 1945, U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrived in Japan to set up Allied occupation headquarters.
In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, which was intended to promote private development of nuclear energy.
In 1967, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Thurgood Marshall as the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1984, the space shuttle Discovery was launched on its inaugural flight.
In 1986, Soviet authorities arrested Nicholas Daniloff, a correspondent for U.S. News and World Report, as a spy a week after American officials arrested Gennadiy Zakharov, a Soviet employee of the United Nations, on espionage charges in New York.
In 1989, a federal jury in New York found “hotel queen” Leona Helmsley guilty of income tax evasion, but acquitted her of extortion. (Helmsley ended up serving 18 months behind bars, a month at a halfway house and two months under house arrest.)
In 1991, Azerbaijan declared its independence, joining the stampede of republics seeking to secede from the Soviet Union.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Actor Bill Daily is 90. Actress Elizabeth Ashley is 78. Actor Ben Jones is 76. Cartoonist R. Crumb and Olympic gold medal skier Jean-Claude Killy are 74. Actress Peggy Lipton is 71. Comedian Lewis Black is 69. Actor Timothy Bottoms is 66. Actor David Paymer is 63. Jazz musician Gerald Albright is 60. Actor Michael Chiklis is 54. Music producer Robert Clivilles is 53. Actress Michael Michele is 51. Country musician Geoff Firebaugh is 49. Country singer Sherrie Austin and rock singer-musician Lars Frederiksen (Rancid) are 46. Actress Cameron Diaz is 45. Rock musician Leon Caffrey (Space) and TV personality Lisa Ling are 44. Rock singer-musician Aaron Barrett (Reel Big Fish) is 43. Rock musician Matt Taul (Tantric; Days of the New) is 39. Tennis player Andy Roddick is 35. Singer Rachael Price (Lake Street Dive) is 32. Rock musician Ryan Ross is 31. Actress Johanna Braddy and actor Cameron Finley are 30.