TODAY IN HISTORY - 8/27:

1912 - Edgar Rice Burroughs publishes "Tarzan of the Apes"
1958 - USSR launches Sputnik 3 with two dogs aboard
1984 - US President Ronald Reagan announces Teacher in Space project
2003 - Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing 34,646,418 miles (55,758,005 km) distant
2006 - 58th Emmy Awards: 24, The Office, Kiefer Sutherland & Mariska Hargitay win
2008 - Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be nominated by a major political party for President of the United States

HAPPY BIRTHDAY / ANNIVERSARY TO:

1908 - Lyndon B. Johnson, Stonewall Texas, (D) 36th US President (1963-1969), (d. 1973)
1943 - [Susan] Tuesday Weld, NYC, actress (Dobie Gillis, Wild in Country)
1947 - Barbara Bach [Goldbach], Queens, New York, American actress (The Spy Who Loved Me, Force 10 from Navarone)
1952 - Pee-wee Herman, [Paul Reubens], NY, actor (Pee-wee's Big Adventure)
2005 - Actor Robert Downey Jr (40) weds producer Susan Levin (31) at the Windy Dune Estat in Amagansett, New York

GOODBYE TO:

1967 - Brian Epstein, rock manager (Beatles), dies of drug overdose at 32
1971 - Margaret Bourke-White, US photographer, dies at 67
1990 - Stevie Ray Vaughan, American blues guitarist, dies in a helicopter crash at 35
1996 - Greg Morris, actor (Mission Impossible), dies at 61
1997 -Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC), dies at 48

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