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Base­ball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron is 85. Foot­ball Hall of Famer Roger Staubach is 77. Movie di­rec­tor Michael Mann is 76. Ac­tress Char­lotte Ram­pling is 73. Ac­tress Barbara Her­shey is 71. Ac­tor Christo­pher Guest is 71. Ac­tor Tom Wilkin­son is 71. Ac­tress Jen­nifer Ja­son Leigh is 57. Ac­tress Laura Lin­ney is 55. Coun­try singer Sara Evans is 48.

TO­DAY IN HISTORY

In 1917, The U.S. Congress passed, over Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wil­son’s veto, an act se­verely cur­tail­ing Asian im­mi­gra­tion.

In 1918, dur­ing World War I, the Cu­nard liner SS Tus­ca­nia, which was trans­port­ing about 2,000 Amer­i­can troops to Europe, was tor­pe­doed by a Ger­man U-boat in the Ir­ish Sea with the loss of more than 200 peo­ple.

In 1989, the Soviet Union an­nounced that all but a small rear-guard con­tin­gent of its troops had left Afghanistan.

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