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This day in history

Saturday is Aug. 3, the 215th day of 2013. There are 150 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Singer Tony Bennett is 87. Actor Martin Sheen is 73. Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is 72. Rock singer James Hetfield (Metallica) is 50. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is 36. Actress Evangeline Lilly is 34.

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In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day Americas.

In 1863, the first thoroughbred horse races took place at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

In 1914, Germany declared war on France at the onset of World War I.

In 1936, Jesse Owens of the United States won the first of his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics as he took the 100-meter sprint.

In 1949, the National Basketball Association was formed.

In 1958, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater.

In 1966, comedian Lenny Bruce, 40, was found dead in his Los Angeles home.

In 1981, US air traffic controllers went on strike, despite a warning from President Ronald Reagan they would be fired, which they were.

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