Today in history
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).