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August 21, 2015

Today is Friday August 21, 2015 232 day of 2015, 133 remaining Sunrise: 6:30 a.m. Sunset: 7:54 p.m. 13 hours and 23 minutes of daylight today Moonrise 12:57 p.m. Moonset: 11:23 p.m. Special Celebrations today: Today is : National Senior Citizen's Day, and Spimoni Day. On This Day In: 1680 - The Pueblo Indians drove the Spanish out and took possession of Santa Fe, NM. 1831 - Nat Turner, a former slave, led a violent insurrection in Virginia. He was later executed. 1841 - A patent for venetian blinds was issued to John Hampton. 1878 - The American Bar Association was formed by a group of lawyers, judges and law professors in Saratoga, NY. 1888 - The adding machine was patented by William Burroughs. 1912 - Arthur R. Eldred became the first American boy to become an Eagle Scout. It is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. 1923 - In Kalamazoo, Michigan, an ordinance was passed forbidding dancers from gazing into the eyes of their partner. 1943 - Japan evacuated the Aleutian island of Kiaska. Kiaska had been the last North American foothold held by the Japanese. 1945 - U.S. President Truman ended the Lend-Lease program that had shipped about $50 billion in aid to America's Allies during World War II. 1959 - Hawaii became the 50th state. U.S. President Eisenhower also issued the order for the 50 star flag. 1963 - In South Vietnam, martial law was declared. Army troops and police began to crackdown on the Buddhist anti-government protesters. 1971 - Laura Baugh, at the age of 16, won the United States Women's Amateur Golf tournament. She was the youngest winner in the history of the tournament. 1984 - Victoria Roche, a reserve outfielder, became the first girl to ever compete in a Little League World Series game. 1984 - Clint Eastwood was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 1989 - Voyager 2, a U.S. space probe, got close to the Neptune moon called Triton. 1991 - The hard-line coup against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev ended. The uprising that led to the collapse was led by Russian federation President Boris Yeltsin. 1992 - NBC News fired Authur Kent two weeks after he refused an assignment to war-torn Croatia. 1993 - NASA lost contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft. The fate of the spacecraft was unknown. The mission cost $980 million. 1994 - Ernesto Zedillo won the Mexican presidential election. 1996 - The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 was signed by U.S. President Clinton. The act made it easier to obtain and keep health insurance. 1997 - Hudson Foods Inc. closed a plant in Nebraska after it had recalled 25 million pounds of ground beef that was potentially contaminated with E. coli 01557:H7. It was the largest food recall in U.S. history. 1997 - Afghanistan suspended its embassy operations in the United States. 1997 - Cicely Tyson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 1998 - Wesley Snipes received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 2002 - In Pakistan, President General Pervez Musharraf unilaterally amended the Pakistani constitution. He extended his term in office and granted himself powers that included the right to dissolve parliament. 2003 - In Ghana, businessman Gyude Bryant was selected to oversee the two-year power-sharing accord between Liberia's rebels and the government. The accord was planned to guide the country out of 14 years of civil war. If today is your birthday you share it with: WILT CHAMBERLAIN KENNY ROGERS JACKIE DESHANNON HARRY SMITH KIM CATRALL Tags: Daily Almanac/tides