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Today in History

Today is Sunday, Aug. 4, is the 216th day of 2013. There are 149 days left in the year.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer Frankie Ford is 74. Actress-singer Tina Cole is 70. Actor-comedian Richard Belzer is 69. Football Hall-of-Famer John Riggins is 64. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is 58. Actor-screenwriter Billy Bob Thornton is 58. Actress Kym Karath (“The Sound of Music”) is 55. Hall of Fame track star Mary Decker Slaney is 55. Actress Lauren Tom is 54. President Barack Obama is 52. TV producer Michael Gelman (“Live! With Kelly and Michael”) is 52. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Roger Clemens is 51. Actress Crystal Chappell is 48. Author Dennis Lehane is 48. Rock musician Rob Cieka (Boo Radleys) is 45. Actor Daniel Dae Kim is 45. Actor Michael DeLuise is 44. Actor Ron Lester is 43. Race car driver Jeff Gordon is 42. Rapper-actress Yo-Yo is 42. Country singer Jon Nicholson is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer-actor Marques Houston is 32. Actress Meghan Markle is 32. Actress Greta Gerwig is 30. Country singer Crystal Bowersox (TV: ‘‘American Idol”) is 28. Rock singer Tom Parker (The Wanted) is 25. Actors Dylan and Cole Sprouse are 21. Singer Jessica Sanchez (TV: ‘‘American Idol”) is 18.

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In 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were axed to death in their home in Fall River. Lizzie Borden, Andrew’s daughter from a previous marriage, was accused of the killings, but acquitted at trial.

In 1936, Jesse Owens of the United States won the second of his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics as he prevailed in the long jump over German Luz Long.

In 1944, 15-year-old diarist Anne Frank was arrested with her sister, parents, and four others by the Gestapo after hiding for two years inside a building in Amsterdam.

In 1964, the bodies of missing civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney were found buried in an earthen dam in Mississippi.

In 1987, the Federal Communications Commission voted to abolish the Fairness Doctrine, which required radio and television stations to present balanced coverage of controversial issues.

In 1993, a federal judge sentenced Los Angeles police officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 2½ years in prison for violating Rodney King’s civil rights.

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