To­day in history

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To­day is the 242nd day of 2017 and the 72nd day of sum­mer.

TO­DAY’S HISTORY: In 1945, Bri­tish forces ended Ja­pan’s oc­cu­pa­tion of Hong Kong.

In 1963, a United States-Soviet diplo­matic tele­type “hot­line,” in­tended to pre­vent ac­ci­den­tal war, was in­stalled.

In 1967, the U.S. Se­nate con­firmed the ap­point­ment of Thur­good Mar­shall as the first AfricanAmer­i­can Supreme Court jus­tice.

In 1996, Rus­sian and Chechen lead­ers agreed to a cease­fire, end­ing the First Chechen War.

TO­DAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Mary Woll­stonecraft Shel­ley (1797-1851), author; Huey Long (1893-1935), politi­cian; Shirley Booth (1898-1992), ac­tress; Roy Wilkins (1901-1981), civil rights ac­tivist; Fred MacMur­ray (1908-1991), ac­tor; Ted Wil­liams (1918-2002), base­ball player; War­ren Buf­fett (1930- ), busi­ness­man/ phi­lan­thropist; Robert Crumb (1943- ), writer/ il­lus­tra­tor; Lewis Black (1948- ), co­me­dian; Michael Chik­lis (1963), ac­tor; Mark Strong (1963- ), ac­tor; Cameron Diaz (1972- ), ac­tress; Andy Rod­dick (1982- ), ten­nis player.

TO­DAY’S FACT: The num­ber of hours Amer­i­cans spent on­line in­creased nearly 100 per­cent be­tween 2000 and 2010, from 9.4 hours per week to 18.3 hours per week.

TO­DAY’S SPORTS: In 1905, Ty Cobb made his ma­jor league de­but for the Detroit Tigers.

TO­DAY’S QUOTE: “I feel my heart glow with an en­thu­si­asm which el­e­vates me to heaven, for noth­ing con­trib­utes so much to tran­quil­lize the mind as a steady pur­pose -- a point on which the soul may fix its in­tel­lec­tual eye.” -- Mary Woll­stonecraft Shel­ley, “Franken­stein; or, The Mod­ern Prometheus”

TO­DAY’S NUM­BER: 32 -- cases Thur­good Mar­shall had ar­gued be­fore the Supreme Court be­fore he be­came a jus­tice. He won 29 of them.

TO­DAY’S MOON: Be­tween first quar­ter moon (Aug. 29) and full moon (Sept. 6).

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