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The Almanac for Aug. 10, the 222nd day of 2017


UPI News Service, 08/10/2017 

Today is Thursday, Aug. 10, the 222nd day of 2017 with 143 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning star is Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter and Mercury.

Those born on this day are under the sign of Leo. They include Edmund Jennings Randolph, the first U.S. attorney general, in 1753; Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States, in 1874; actor Jack Haley (the tinman in The Wizard of Oz) in 1898; actor Rhonda Fleming in 1923 (age 94); guitar maker Leo Fender in 1909; singer/businessman Jimmy Dean in 1928; singer Eddie Fisher in 1928; singer Bobby Hatfield (the Righteous Brothers) in 1940; fashion designer Betsey Johnson in 1942 (age 75); singer Ronnie Spector in 1943 (age 74); rock musician Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull in 1947 (age 70); actor Rosanna Arquette in 1959 (age 58); actor Antonio Banderas in 1960 (age 57); actor Justin Theroux in 1971 (age 46); actor Angie Harmon in 1972 (age 45); writer Suzanne Collins in 1962 (age 55); political commentator Andrew Sullivan in 1963 (age 54); actor Lucas Till in 1990 (age 27); reality star Kylie Jenner in 1997 (age 20).On this date in history:

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In 1776, a committee of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson suggested the United States adopt "E pluribus unum" -- "Out of many, one" -- as the motto for its Great Seal.

In 1920, Francisco "Pancho" Villa surrendered to Mexican authorities -- and drowned his sorrows in a bottle of cognac.

In 1962, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and three other civil rights leaders were found guilty of disorderly conduct charges in Albany, Ga. Judge Adie Durden fined each $200 and sentenced them to 60 days in jail, but immediately suspended the sentences and placed King and his associates on probation.

In 1977, 24-year-old postal employee David Berkowitz was arrested and charged with being the "Son of Sam," the serial killer who terrorized New York City for more than a year, killing six young people and wounding seven others. Berkowitz was sentenced to life in prison.

In 1980, Hurricane Allen made landfall along the Texas coast, killing 24 people there and in Louisiana. The storm killed a 269 people through the Caribbean, Mexico and United States.

In 1991, China agreed in principle to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.

In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the U.S. Supreme Court's 107th justice.

In 1993, three ships collided with one another in Tampa Bay, Fla., spilling 336,000 gallons of fuel oil into the water. No one was killed. The incident marked the first time officials used a computerized trajectory model to track the location of an oil spill.

In 1996, Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole selected former congressman, Cabinet secretary and NFL quarterback Jack Kemp as his running mate.

In 2001, about 250 people were killed in a train wreck in Albania caused by a mine set on the tracks by rebels.

In 2003, more than 80 inmates tunneled their way out of Brazil's Joao Pessoa prison, one of the nation's top security facilities.

In 2008, soul music icon Isaac Hayes, an Oscar- and Grammy-winning singer, composer and producer, died at his home in Shelby County, Tenn. He was 65.

In 2011, in the most volatile week in the history of the Dow Jones industrial average, U.S. stocks took a second big fall in three days. The Dow lost nearly 520 points, more than wiping out the 429 points regained the previous day. It had started the week with a 634-point dive after downgrading of the nation's credit rating.

In 2012, Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo was sentenced to two life-in-prison terms for plotting to blow up a Fort Hood, Texas, restaurant crowded with soldiers.

In 2013, a series of car bombings across Iraq killed about 70 people during celebrations on the last day of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.

In 2014, Rory McIlroy won the PGA Championship at the Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky. It was the second major victory of the year (fourth overall) and third straight win on tour for the 25-year-old star from Northern Ireland.

A thought for the day: "I push myself to be the best I can be. I don't worry about what other people are doing, and I don't think about things I can't control." -- Annika Sorenstam



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