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    This day in history

    Monday, Aug. 26, is the 238th day of 2013. There are 127 days left in the year.

    Today’s birthdays: Former Washington Post executive editor Benjamin C. Bradlee is 92. Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is 68. Jazz musician Branford Marsalis is 53. Actress-singer Shirley Manson (Garbage) is 47. Actress Melissa McCarthy is 43. Actor Macaulay Culkin is 33. Actress Keke Palmer is 20.

    In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, guaranteeing American women’s right to vote, was certified in effect by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby.


    In 1958, Alaskans went to the polls to overwhelmingly vote in favor of statehood.

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    In 1968, the Democratic National Convention opened in Chicago.

    In 1972, the summer Olympic Games opened in Munich.

    In 1978, Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice was elected pope following the death of Paul VI. The new pontiff took the name Pope John Paul I. (However, he died just over a month later.)

    In 1986, in the so-called preppie murder case, 18-year-old Jennifer Levin was found strangled in New York’s Central Park; Robert Chambers later pleaded guilty to manslaughter and served 15 years in prison.


    In 1993, Dorothea Puente was convicted in Monterey, Calif., of murdering three of her boardinghouse tenants; she was later sentenced to life without parole. (Puente died in prison in 2011, at age 82.)

    In 2003, in the face of criticism, President George W. Bush defended his handling of the war and reconstruction of Iraq, telling an American Legion conference in St. Louis the fight was essential to the US campaign against terrorism.