Today’s Highlight in History:
On Aug. 27, 1883, the island volcano Krakatoa blew up; the resulting tidal waves in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait claimed some 36,000 lives in Java and Sumatra.
On this date:
In 1928, the Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris, outlawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of disputes.
In 1945, American troops began landing in Japan following the surrender of the Japanese government in World War II.
In 1962, the United States launched the Mariner II space probe, which flew past Venus the following December.
In 1967, Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles, was found dead in his London flat from an overdose of sleeping pills.
In 1975, Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia’s 3,000-year-old monarchy, died in Addis Ababa at age 83 almost a year after being overthrown.
Ten years ago: President George H.W. Bush ordered federal troops to Florida for emergency relief after Hurricane Andrew struck.
Five years ago: Former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy was charged with seeking and accepting more than $35,000 in trips, sports tickets and favors from companies that did business with his agency.
One year ago: Israeli helicopters fired a pair of rockets through office windows and killed senior PLO leader Mustafa Zibri. Peru’s Congress voted to lift the constitutional immunity of former President Alberto Fujimori, so that prosecutors could charge him with crimes against humanity.
Today’s Birthdays: Cajun-country singer Jimmy C. Newman is 75. Actor Tommy Sands is 65. Actor Paul Reubens is 50. For release Tuesday, Aug. 27