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This Day in History

Sunday, Aug. 18, is the 230th day of 2013. There are 135 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is 86. Academy Award-winning director Roman Polanski is 80. Attorney and author Vincent Bugliosi is 79. Olympic gold medal decathlete Rafer Johnson is 78. Actor-director Robert Redford is 77. Actor Christopher Jones is 72. Actor Henry G. Sanders is 71. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sarah Dash (LaBelle) is 70. Actor-comedian Martin Mull is 70. Rock musician Dennis Elliott is 63. Comedian Elayne Boosler is 61. Country singer Steve Wilkinson (The Wilkinsons) is 58. Actor Denis Leary is 56. Actress Madeleine Stowe is 55. Former US treasury secretary Timothy Geithner is 52. ABC News reporter Bob Woodruff is 52. The former president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, is 51. Bluegrass musician Jimmy Mattingly is 51. Actor Adam Storke is 51. Actor Craig Bierko is 49. Rock singer-musician Zac Maloy (The Nixons) is 45. Rock singer and hip-hop artist Everlast is 44. Rapper Masta Killa (Wu-Tang Clan) is 44. Actor Christian Slater is 44. Actor Edward Norton is 44. Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is 43. Actress Kaitlin Olson is 38. Actor-writer-director Hadjii is 37. Rock musician Dirk Lance is 37. Actor-comedian Andy Samberg (“Saturday Night Live”) is 35. Actress Mika Boorem is 26. Actress Parker McKenna Posey is 18.

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In 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil, on what is now Roanoke Island in North Carolina.

In 1838, the first marine expedition sponsored by the US government set sail from Hampton Roads, Va.; the crews traveled the southern Pacific Ocean, gathering scientific information.

In 1846, US forces led by General Stephen W. Kearny captured Santa Fe, N.M.

In 1862, Dakota Indians began an uprising in Minnesota (the revolt was crushed by US forces some six weeks later).

In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing all American women’s right to vote, was ratified as Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it.

In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King dedicated the Thousand Islands Bridge connecting their countries.

In 1958, the novel ‘‘Lolita’’ by Vladimir Nabokov was first published in New York by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, almost three years after it was originally published in Paris.

In 1963, James Meredith became the first black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, N.Y., wound to a close .

In 1976, two US Army officers were killed in Korea’s demilitarized zone as a group of North Korean soldiers wielding axes and metal pikes attacked US and South Korean soldiers.

In 1983, Hurricane Alicia slammed into the Texas coast, leaving 21 dead and causing more than a billion dollars’ worth of damage. The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Yankees, 5-4, in the completion of the ‘‘pine-tar’’ game in just 12 minutes.

In 1988, Vice President George H.W. Bush accepted the presidential nomination of his party at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans.

In 1993, a judge in Sarasota, Fla., ruled that Kimberly Mays, the 14-year-old girl who had been switched at birth with another baby, need never again see her biological parents, Ernest and Regina Twigg, in accordance with her stated wishes. (Kimberly later moved in with the Twiggs.)

In 2003, a senior French health official resigned after France’s health minister admitted that up to 5,000 people might have died in a heat wave. The Liberian government and rebels signed a peace accord. Islamic extremists freed 14 European tourists six months after they’d been kidnapped by an Al Qaeda-linked group in the Algerian desert.

In 2008, Pervez Musharraf resigned as the president of Pakistan. Tropical Storm Fay pounded Cuba with torrential rain and wind before sweeping across the Florida Keys.

In 2012, Tropical Storm Helene quickly weakened into a tropical depression after moving ashore on Mexico’s Gulf Coast. Diana Nyad launched her latest attempt to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a wetsuit or a shark cage, ending her bid three days later. Singer Scott McKenzie, 73, who performed ‘‘San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair),’’ died in Los Angeles.

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