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Ac­tor John Saxon is 82. Ac­tress Loni An­der­son is 73. Author David Bal­dacci is 58. Ac­tress Tawney Ki­taen is 57. Coun­try singer Terri Clark is 50. Ac­tor Jesse Wil­liams is 38. Ac­tor Bren­don Ryan Barrett is 32. Ac­tress Mee­gan Warner (TV: “TURN: Wash­ing­ton’s Spies”) is 27. Ac­tress/singer Olivia Holt is 21. Ac­tor Al­bert Tsai

TODAY IN HIS­TORY

is 14. In 1884, the cor­ner­stone for the Statue of Lib­erty’s pedestal was laid on Bed­loe’s Is­land in New York Har­bor. In 1936, Jesse Owens of the United States won the 200-me­ter dash at the Berlin Olympics, col­lect­ing the third of his four gold medals.

In 1957, the teenage dance show “Amer­i­can Band­stand,” hosted by Dick Clark, made its net­work de­but on ABC-TV.

In 1962, South African anti-apartheid ac­tivist Nel­son Man­dela was ar­rested on charges of leav­ing the coun­try with­out a pass­port and in­cit­ing work­ers to strike; it was the beginning of 27 years of im­pris­on­ment. Ac­tress Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, 36, was found dead in her Los An­ge­les home; her death was ruled a prob­a­ble sui­cide from “acute bar­bi­tu­rate poi­son­ing.”

In 1974, the White House re­leased tran­scripts of sub­poe­naed tape record­ings show­ing that Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon and his chief of staff, H.R. Halde­man, had dis­cussed a plan in June 1972 to use the CIA to thwart the FBI’s Water­gate in­ves­ti­ga­tion; rev­e­la­tion of the tape sparked Nixon’s res­ig­na­tion.

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