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This Day in History for August 31 – Princess Diana Dies and More

1803 – Lewis and Clark start their expedition to the west (More info)

1888 – Mary Ann Nichols, the first of Jack the Ripper’s confirmed victims, is murdered (More info)

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This Day in History for August 30 – Thurgood Marshall Confirmed and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

30 BC – Cleopatra commits suicide (More info)

1963 – The “hotline” between the leaders of the US and the Soviet Union goes into operation (More info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for August 24 – Cal Ripken, Jr., Rupert Grint and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Cal Ripken, Jr.
Age: 51
Occupation: Retired Professional Baseball Player
Known For: Holding the record for most consecutive games played and being widely considered one of the best shortstops and third basemen ever

Rupert Grint
Age: 23
Occupation: Actor
Known For: Playing ginger-haired Ron Weasley in the ‘Harry Potter’ film franchise

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This Day in History for August 19 – Germany Elects Hitler and More

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1812 – The American frigate USS Constitution earns the nickname “Old Ironsides” after defeating the British frigate HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada (More info)

1909 – The first race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the home of the Indianapolis 500 (More info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for August 4 – President Barack Obama, Jeff Gordon and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

President Barack Obama
Age: 50
Occupation: Politician
Known For: Currently serving as the 44th President of the United States, being the first African American to hold the office, and his unshakably cool public persona

Jeff Gordon
Age: 40
Occupation: NASCAR Driver
Known For: Winning 84 career races, holding three the Daytona 500 championships, and being the first driver to reach $100 million in career winnings in the Cup series

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