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This day in history

Tuesday, Aug. 27, is the 239th day of 2013. There are 126 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Bluegrass singer-musician J.D. Crowe is 76. Actress Tuesday Weld is 70. Actor G.W. Bailey is 69. Actor Paul Reubens is 61. Gospel singer Yolanda Adams is 52. Actress Sarah Chalke is 37. Singer Mario is 27.

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In 1776, the Battle of Long Island began during the Revolutionary War as British troops attacked American forces, who ended up being forced to retreat two days later.

In 1883, the island volcano Krakatoa erupted with a series of cataclysmic explosions; the resulting tidal waves in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait claimed some 36,000 lives in Java and Sumatra.

In 1957, the USS Swordfish, the second Skate Class nuclear submarine, was launched from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine.

In 1962, the United States launched the Mariner 2 space probe, which flew past Venus in December 1962.

In 1967, Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles, was found dead in his London flat from an overdose of sleeping pills; he was 32.

In 1979, British war hero Lord Louis Mountbatten and three other people, including his 14-year-old grandson Nicholas, were killed off the coast of Ireland in a boat explosion claimed by the Irish Republican Army.

In 2008, Barack Obama was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

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