Today is Wednesday, Aug. 21, the 233th day of 2013. There are 132 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On August 21, 1983, Philippine opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino Jr., ending a self-imposed exile in the United States, was shot dead moments after stepping off a plane at Manila International Airport.
On this date:
In 1831, Nat Turner led a violent slave rebellion in Virginia resulting in the deaths of at least 55 white people. He was later executed.
In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci’s "Mona Lisa" was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. The painting was recovered two years later in Italy.
In 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order making Hawaii the 50th state.
In 1963, martial law was declared in South Vietnam as police and army troops began a violent crackdown on Buddhist anti-government protesters.
In 1991, the hard-line coup against Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev collapsed in the face of a popular uprising led by Russian Federation President Boris N. Yeltsin.
In 1993, in a serious setback for NASA, engineers lost contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft as it was about to reach the red planet on a $980 million mission.
Ten years ago: Alabama’s top judge, Chief Justice Roy Moore, refused to back down in his fight to keep a Ten Commandments monument and lashed out at his colleagues who’d ordered it removed from the rotunda of the state judicial building.
Five years ago: President George W. Bush issued a federal disaster declaration for parts of Florida affected by Tropical Storm Fay.
One year ago: An insurgent rocket attack damaged the plane of the top U.S. general as it sat parked at a coalition base in Afghanistan; U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was unhurt.
Today’s Birthdays: Singer Kenny Rogers is 75. NBC newsman Harry Smith is 62. Actress Kim Cattrall is 57. MLB All-Star pitcher John Wetteland is 47. Actress Hayden Panettiere is 24.
Thought for Today: "To know a little less and to understand a little more: that, it seems to me, is our greatest need." -- James Ramsey Ullman, American author (1907-1971).