Today’s Highlight in History:
One hundred years ago, on Aug. 22, 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. chief executive to ride in an automobile, in Hartford, Conn.
On this date:
In 1775, England’s King George III proclaimed the American colonies in a state of open rebellion.
In 1846, the United States annexed New Mexico.
In 1911, it was announced in Paris that Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” had been stolen from the Louvre Museum the night before. The painting turned up two years later in Italy.
In 1956, President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon were nominated for second terms by the Republican national convention in San Francisco.
In 1989, Black Panther co-founder Huey P. Newton was shot to death in Oakland, Calif. Gunman Tyrone Robinson was later sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.
Ten years ago: President Bush told an evangelical gathering in Dallas that the Democrats had left “three simple letters” out of their platform: “G-o-d.” Democrat Bill Clinton said Bush was trying to divert attention from the economy.
Five years ago: A federal official threw out the contentious Teamsters election because of alleged campaign fund-raising abuses, forcing union President Ron Carey into another race against James P. Hoffa.
One year ago: Republican North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms announced he would not seek re-election the following year. Space shuttle Discovery glided to a landing, bringing home three spacefarers who had spent nearly six months aboard the international space station.
Today’s Birthdays: Nazi-era filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl is 100. Author Ray Bradbury is 82. Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf is 68. Singer Tori Amos is 39.