Today is Friday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2013. There are 130 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On August 23, 1973, a bank robbery-turned-hostage-taking began in Stockholm, Sweden; the four hostages ended up empathizing with their captors, a psychological condition now referred to as "Stockholm Syndrome."
On this date:
In 1775, Britain’s King George III proclaimed the American colonies to be in a state of "open and avowed rebellion."
In 1914, Japan declared war against Germany in World War I.
In 1927, amid protests, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in Boston for the murders of two men during a 1920 robbery.
In 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agreed to a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, in Moscow.
In 1944, Romanian prime minister Ion Antonescu was dismissed by King Michael, paving the way for Romania to abandon the Axis in favor of the Allies.
In 1982, Lebanon’s parliament elected Christian militia leader Bashir Gemayel president; however, Gemayel was assassinated some three weeks later.
Ten years ago: Former priest John Geoghan, the convicted child molester whose prosecution sparked the sex abuse scandal that shook the Roman Catholic Church nationwide, died after another inmate attacked him in a Massachusetts prison.
Five years ago: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama introduced his choice of running mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, before a crowd outside the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.
One year ago: Lance Armstrong chose not to pursue arbitration in the drug case brought against him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, setting the stage for his Tour de France titles to be stripped and his name to be all but wiped from the record books of the sport he once ruled.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Barbara Eden is 82. Actress Shelley Long is 64. MLB All-Star pitcher Mike Boddicker is 56. Actor Jay Mohr is 43. NBA player Kobe Bryant is 35. NBA player Jeremy Lin is 25.
Thought for Today: "The chains which cramp us most are those which weigh on us least." -- Anne Sophie Swetchine, Russian-French author (1782-1857).