This Date In His­tory

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To­day in His­tory

To­day is Thurs­day, Aug. 27, the 240th day of 2020. There are 126 days left in the year. To­day’s High­light in His­tory: On Au­gust 27, 2008, Barack Obama was nom­i­nated for pres­i­dent by the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion in Den­ver.

On this date:

In 1776, the Bat­tle of Long Is­land be­gan dur­ing the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War as Bri­tish troops at­tacked Amer­i­can forces who ended up be­ing forced to re­treat two days later.

In 1858, the sec­ond de­bate be­tween se­na­to­rial can­di­dates Abra­ham Lin­coln and Stephen A. Dou­glas took place in Freeport, Ill.

In 1908, Lyn­don Baines John­son, the 36th pres­i­dent of the United States, was born near Stonewall, Texas.

In 1949, a vi­o­lent white mob pre­vented an out­door con­cert head­lined by Paul Robe­son from tak­ing place near Peek­skill, New York. (The con­cert was held eight days later.) In 1963, author, jour­nal­ist and civil rights ac­tivist W.E.B. Du Bois died in Ac­cra, Ghana, at age 95.

In 1964, Pres­i­dent Lyn­don Baines John­son ac­cepted his party’s nom­i­na­tion for a term in his own right, telling the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion in At­lantic City, New Jer­sey, “Let us join to­gether in giv­ing ev­ery Amer­i­can the fullest life which he can hope for.” In 1979, Bri­tish war hero Lord Louis Mount­bat­ten and three other peo­ple, in­clud­ing his 14-year-old grand­son Ni­cholas, were killed off the coast of Ire­land in a boat ex­plo­sion claimed by the Ir­ish Repub­li­can Army.

In 1989, the first U.S. com­mer­cial satel­lite rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida — a Delta booster car­ry­ing a Bri­tish com­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lite, the Mar­copolo 1.

In 1998, two sus­pects in the bomb­ing of the U.S. Em­bassy in Kenya were brought to the United States to face charges. (Mo­hamed Rashed Daoud al’Owhali (moh-HAH’-mehd rah-SHEED’ dah-ood ahl-ohWAHL’-ee) and Mo­hammed Sad­diq Odeh (sah-DEEK’ ohDAY’) were con­victed in 2001 of con­spir­ing to carry out the bomb­ing; both were sen­tenced to life in prison.)

In 2005, coastal res­i­dents jammed free­ways and gas sta­tions as they rushed to get out of the way of Hurricane Ka­t­rina, which was headed to­ward New Or­leans.

In 2006, a Co­mair CRJ-100 crashed af­ter try­ing to take off from the wrong run­way in Lex­ing­ton, Ky., killing 49 peo­ple and leav­ing the co-pi­lot the sole sur­vivor.

In 2009, mourn­ers filed past the closed cas­ket of the late Sen. Ed­ward Kennedy at the John F. Kennedy Pres­i­den­tial Library and Mu­seum in Bos­ton. Jaycee Lee Du­gard, kid­napped when she was 11, was re­united with her mother 18 years af­ter her ab­duc­tion in South Lake Ta­hoe, Cal­i­for­nia. Ten years ago: Ai­jalon Gomes (EYE’-jah-lahn gohms), an Amer­i­can who’d been held for seven months in North Korea for tres­pass­ing, stepped off a plane in his home­town of Bos­ton ac­com­pa­nied by for­mer Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter, who had flown to Py­ongyang to ne­go­ti­ate his free­dom. Cuba is­sued a pair of sur­pris­ing free mar­ket de­crees, al­low­ing for­eign in­vestors to lease govern­ment land for at least 99 years and loos­en­ing state con­trols on com­merce to let cit­i­zens grow and sell their own fruits and veg­eta­bles.

Five years ago: Vis­it­ing res­i­dents on tidy porch stoops and sam­pling food at a cor­ner restau­rant, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama held out the peo­ple of New Or­leans as an ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­am­ple of re­newal and re­silience 10 years af­ter the dev­as­ta­tion of Hurricane Ka­t­rina. Ex-NBA star Dar­ryl Dawkins, 58, whose board­shat­ter­ing dunks earned him the moniker “Choco­late Thun­der” and helped pave the way for break­away rims, died in Al­len­town, Penn­syl­va­nia. One year ago: Six­teen women who said they had been sex­u­ally abused by Jef­frey Ep­stein poured out their anger in court, as a judge gave them a chance to tes­tify even though Ep­stein had died be­hind bars; the hear­ing was held on a nor­mally rou­tine re­quest to throw out the in­dict­ment be­cause of the de­fen­dant’s death. Rap­per Meek Mill pleaded guilty to a mis­de­meanor gun charge in a deal re­solv­ing a 2007 ar­rest that had kept the rap­per on pro­ba­tion or in prison for most of his adult life. In her de­but at the U.S. Open, 15-yearold Coco Gauff trailed by a set and a break be­fore re­cov­er­ing to beat Anas­ta­sia Po­tapova of Rus­sia.

To­day’s Birthdays: Author Lady An­to­nia Fraser is 88. Ac­tor Tommy Sands is 83. Blue­grass singer-mu­si­cian J.D. Crowe is 83. Ac­tor Tues­day Weld is 77. Ac­tor G.W. Bai­ley is 76. Rock singer-mu­si­cian Tim Bogert is 76. Ac­tor Mar­i­anne Sage­brecht is 75. Coun­try mu­si­cian Jeff Cook is 71. Ac­tor

Paul Reubens is 68. Rock mu­si­cian Alex Life­son (Rush) is 67. Ac­tor Peter Stor­mare is 67. Ac­tor Diana Scar­wid is 65. Rock mu­si­cian Glen Mat­lock (The Sex Pis­tols) is 64. Golfer Bern­hard Langer is 63. Coun­try singer Jef­frey Steele is 59. Gospel singer Yolanda Adams is 59. Movie di­rec­tor Tom Ford (Film: “Noc­tur­nal An­i­mals”) is 59. Coun­try mu­si­cian Matthew Bas­ford (Yan­kee Grey) is 58. Writer-pro­ducer Dean Devlin is 58. Rock mu­si­cian Mike John­son is 55. Rap mu­si­cian Bobo (Cy­press Hill) is

53. Coun­try singer Colt Ford is 51. Ac­tor Chan­dra Wil­son is

51. Rock mu­si­cian Tony Kanal (No Doubt) is 50. Ac­tor Sarah Chalke is 44. Ac­tor RonReaco (cor­rect) Lee is 44. Rap­per Mase is 43. Ac­tor-singer Deme­tria McKin­ney is 42. Ac­tor Aaron Paul is 41. Rock mu­si­cian Jon Siebels (Eve 6) is 41. Ac­tor Shaun Weiss is 41. Con­tem­po­rary Chris­tian mu­si­cian Me­gan Gar­rett (Cast­ing Crowns) is 40. Ac­tor Kyle Low­der is 40. Ac­tor Pa­trick J. Adams is 39. Ac­tor Karla Mosley is 39. Ac­tor Amanda Fuller is 36. Singer Mario is 34. Ac­tor Alexa Pe­naVega is 32. Ac­tor El­lar Coltrane is 26. Ac­tor Sa­van­nah Paige Rae is 17.

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