To­day in his­tory

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To­day in His­tory To­day is Fri­day, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2018. There are 122 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory:

On Au­gust 31, 1972, at the Munich Sum­mer Olympics, Amer­i­can swim­mer Mark Spitz won his fourth and fifth gold medals in the 100-me­ter but­ter­fly and 800-me­ter freestyle re­lay; Soviet gym­nast Olga Kor­but won gold medals in floor ex­er­cise and the bal­ance beam.

On this date:

In 1886, an earthquake with an es­ti­mated mag­ni­tude of 7.3 dev­as­tated Charleston, South Carolina, killing at least 60 peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the U. S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey.

In 1939, the first is­sue of Mar­vel Comics, fea­tur­ing the Hu­man Torch, was pub­lished by Timely Pub­li­ca­tions in New York.

In 1954, Hur­ri­cane Carol hit the north­east­ern At­lantic states; Con­necti­cut, Rhode Is­land and part of Mas­sachusetts bore the brunt of the storm, which re­sulted in some 70 deaths.

In 1965, the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives joined the Se­nate in vot­ing to es­tab­lish the U.S. De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban Devel­op­ment.

In 1969, boxer Rocky Mar­ciano died in a light air­plane crash in Iowa, a day be­fore his 46th birth­day.

In 1980, Poland’s Sol­i­dar­ity la­bor move­ment was born with an agree­ment signed in Gdansk (guh-DANSK’) that ended a 17- day- old strike.

In 1986, 82 peo­ple were killed when an Aeromex­ico jet­liner and a small pri­vate plane col­lided over Cer­ri­tos, Cal­i­for­nia. The Soviet pas­sen­ger ship Ad­mi­ral Nakhi­mov col­lided with a mer­chant ves­sel in the Black Sea, caus­ing both to sink; up to 448 peo­ple re­port­edly died.

In 1987, the Michael Jack­son al­bum “Bad” was re­leased by Epic Records.

In 1991, Uzbek­istan (oozbek-ih- STAHN’) and Kyr­gyzs­tan (keer-gih-STAHN’) de­clared their in­de­pen­dence, rais­ing to ten the num­ber of re­publics seek­ing to se­cede from the Soviet Union.

In 1992, white sep­a­ratist Randy Weaver sur­ren­dered to au­thor­i­ties in Naples, Idaho, end­ing an 11- day siege by fed­eral agents that had claimed the lives of Weaver’s wife, son and a deputy U.S. mar­shal. ( Weaver was ac­quit­ted of mur­der and all other charges in con­nec­tion with the con­fronta­tion; he was con­victed of fail­ing to ap­pear for trial on firearms charges and was sen­tenced to 18 months in prison but given credit for 14 months he’d al­ready served.)

In 1994, the Ir­ish Repub­li­can Army de­clared a cease-fire. Rus­sia of­fi­cially ended its mil­i­tary pres­ence in the former East Ger­many and the Baltics af­ter half a cen­tury.

In 1997, Prince Charles brought Princess Diana home for the last time, es­cort­ing the body of his former wife to a Bri­tain that was shocked, grief-stricken and an­gered by her death in a Paris traf­fic ac­ci­dent ear­lier that day.

Ten years ago: With Hur­ri­cane Gus­tav ap­proach­ing New Or­leans, Mayor Ray Na­gin ( NAY’-gin) pleaded with the last of its res­i­dents to get out, im­posed a dusk-to- dawn cur­few on those who were stay­ing and warned loot­ers they would be sent di­rectly to prison.

Five years ago: Short of sup­port at home and al­lies abroad, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama stepped back from a mis­sile strike against Syria and in­stead asked Congress to sup­port a strike against Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad’s regime for sus­pected use of chem­i­cal weapons. Bri­tish tele­vi­sion in­ter­viewer David Frost, 74, died aboard a cruise ship bound for the

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