To­day in his­tory

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To­day is the 179th day of 2017 and the ninth day of sum­mer.

TO­DAY’S HIS­TORY: In 1914, Franz Fer­di­nand, Arch­duke of Aus­tria, was as­sas­si­nated by a Ser­bian na­tion­al­ist, spark­ing World War I.

In 1919, the Treaty of Ver­sailles was signed, end­ing World War I.

In 1950, North Korean troops cap­tured Seoul.

In 1965, the United States launched its first ma­jor mil­i­tary of­fen­sive in Viet­nam.

In 2004, the U.S.led coali­tion in Iraq trans­ferred sovereignty to an in­terim Iraqi gov­ern­ment.

TO­DAY’S BIRTH­DAYS: Peter Paul Rubens (15771640), painter; Jean-Jac­ques Rousseau (1712-1778), philoso­pher; Joseph Joachim (1831-1907), vi­o­lin­ist; Richard Rodgers (1902-1979), com­poser; Mel Brooks (1926- ), ac­tor/ film­maker; Kathy Bates (1948- ), ac­tress; John El­way (1960- ), foot­ball player/ex­ec­u­tive; John Cu­sack (1966- ), ac­tor; Mary Stu­art Masterson (1966- ), ac­tress; Mike White (1970- ), film­maker; Elon Musk (1971- ), busi­ness mag­nate/in­ven­tor; Rob Dyrdek (1974- ), skate­boarder/ac­tor.

TO­DAY’S FACT: Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wil­son was the first of the lead­ers at Ver­sailles to sign the treaty end­ing World War I.

TO­DAY’S SPORTS: In 1997, Mike Tyson was dis­qual­i­fied from a heavy­weight ti­tle fight when the former cham­pion twice bit ti­tle­holder Evan­der Holy­field’s ears in the third round.

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