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BIRTH­DAYS

Ac­tress Loretta Swit is 81. For­mer first lady Laura Bush is 72. Ac­tress-co­me­dian Kathy Grif­fin is 58. Ac­tor Ralph Mac­chio is 57. “Sur­vivor” host Jeff Probst is 57. Ac­tor Matthew McConaughey is 49. Rap­per-pro­ducer Sean “Puffy” Combs is 49. Celebrity chef Cur­tis Stone is 43.

TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

In 1922, the en­trance to King Tu­tankhamen’s tomb was dis­cov­ered in Egypt.

In 1979, the Iran hostage cri­sis be­gan as mil­i­tants stormed the United States Em­bassy in Tehran, seiz­ing its oc­cu­pants; for some of them, it was the start of 444 days of cap­tiv­ity.

In 1980, Repub­li­can Ron­ald Rea­gan won the White House as he de­feated Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter by a strong mar­gin.

In 2007, King Tu­tankhamen’s face was un­veiled for the first time to the pub­lic more than 3,000 years after the pharaoh was buried in his Egyp­tian tomb.

In 2008, Demo­crat Barack Obama was elected the first black pres­i­dent of the United States, de­feat­ing Repub­li­can John McCain.

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