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This Day in History for August 8 – Nixon Resigns and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1863 – Gen. Robert E. Lee offers his resignation following his defeat in the Battle of Gettysburg (More info)

1876 – Thomas Edison patents the mimeograph (More info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for August 7 – David Duchovny, Charlize Theron and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

David Duchovny
Age: 52
Occupation: Actor
Known For: His roles as Agent Mulder on ‘The X-Files’ and as Hank Moody on ‘Californication,’ appearing in movies including ‘Kalifornia’ and ‘Zoolander,’ his marriage to actress Tea Leoni, and at least one stay in rehab for a reported sex addiction

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This Day in History for August 7 – Purple Heart Created and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1782 – George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle; it is later renamed to the more poetic Purple Heart (More info)

1789 – The United States War Department, which later becomes the Department of Defense, is established (More info)

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This Day in History for August 6 – Hiroshima Bombed and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1890 – Murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair (More info)

1926 – Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping (More info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for August 6 – M. Night Shyamalan, Vera Farmiga and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

M. Night Shyamalan
Age: 42
Occupation: Screenwriter, Director and Producer
Known For: Movies with contemporary supernatural plots and twist endings such as the Oscar-nominated ‘The Sixth Sense,’ other films including ‘Signs,’ ‘The Village’ and ‘The Last Airbender,’ and co-founding the production company Night Chronicles

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Celebrity Birthdays for August 5 – Neil Armstrong, Loni Anderson and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Neil Armstrong
Age: 82
Occupation: Astronaut
Known For: Being the first man to walk on the moon, uttering the famous words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” and being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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This Day in History for August 5 – ‘American Bandstand’ Debuts and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1861 – To help pay for the Civil War, the US government levies its first income tax (More info)

1884 – The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid in New York Harbor (More info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for August 3 – Tony Bennett, Martin Sheen and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Tony Bennett
Age: 86
Occupation: Singer
Known For: His signature song ‘I Left My Heart in San Francisco,’ winning 17 Grammys and two Emmys, selling more than 50 million records worldwide, collaborating with dozens of other artists including Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga and Barbra Streisand, and just being impossibly cool

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This Day in History for August 2 – Hitler Becomes Fuhrer and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1776 – The signing of the United States Declaration of Independence takes place (More info)

1790 – The first census is completed, showing a US population of 3,929,214 people (More info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for August 2 – Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Smith and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Mary-Louise Parker
Age: 48
Occupation: Actress
Known For: Her Golden Globe-winning turn as Nancy Botwin on the Showtime series ‘Weeds,’ other TV roles in ‘The West Wing’ and ‘Angels in America,’ film appearances in ‘RED,’ ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ and ‘Boys on the Side,’ and winning a Tony for her work in the 2001 play ‘Proof’

Kevin Smith
Age: 42
Occupation: Screenwriter, Actor and Director
Known For: Hipster movie classics like ‘Clerks,’ ‘Chasing Amy’ and ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,’ a 2010 brouhaha with Southwest Airlines after it insisted he purchase two seats to accommodate his girth, and participating in long, humorous Q&A sessions that are often filmed for DVD release

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