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    1493 Maximilian succeeds his father Frederick III as Holy Roman Emperor.
    1587 Sigismund III is chosen to be the king of Poland.
    1692 Five women are hanged in Salem, Massachusetts after being convicted of the crime of witchcraft. Fourteen more people are executed that year and 150 others are imprisoned.
    1772 Gustavus III of Sweden eliminates the rule of parties and establishes an absolute monarchy.
    1779 Americans under Major Henry Lee take the British garrison at Paulus Hook, New Jersey.
    1812 The USS Constitution earns the nickname "Old Ironsides" during the battle off Nova Scotia that saw her defeat the HMS Guerriere.
    1914 The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) lands in France.
    1934 38 million Germans vote to make Adolf Hitler the official successor to President von Hindenburg.
    1936 Spanish poet Frederico Garcia Lorca is shot by Franco's troops after being forced to dig his own grave.
    1942 A raid on Dieppe, France by British and Canadian commandos is repulsed by the German Army.
    1944 In an effort to prevent a communist uprising in Paris, Charles DeGualle begins attacking German forces all around the city.
    1950 Edith Sampson becomes the first African-American representative to the United Nations.
    1957 The first balloon flight to exceed 100,000 feet takes off from Crosby, Minnesota.
    1965 U.S. forces destroy a Viet Cong stronghold near Van Tuong, in South Vietnam.

    Born on August 19
    1870 Bernard Baruch, U.S. representative to the U.N. Atomic Energy Commission.
    1871 Orville Wright, aviation pioneer.
    1883 Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, fashion designer.
    1902 Ogden Nash, humorist.
    1919 Malcolm Forbes, publisher of Forbes magazine.
    1921 Gene Roddenberry, television writer and producer, best known for the series Star Trek.
    1945 William J. Clinton, 42nd President of the United States (1993- ).

    1493 Maximilian succeeds his father Frederick III as Holy Roman Emperor.

    His home was known as the Maxi Pad.
    Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
    Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
    Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
    21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
    And clever in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20-21 NASB

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    1749 - In San Antonio, four Apache chiefs buried a hatchet in a peace ceremony. The ceremony signified the Apaches' acceptance of Christian conversion for Spanish protection from Comanche raids.

    1837 - Robert Alexander crossed the Sabine River into the Republic of Texas. In October, he formed the first Methodist missionary society in Texas at Caney Creek.

    1895 - At El Paso's Acme Saloon, Constable John Selman killed the notorious John Wesley Hardin in a gunfight. Selman had been hired by Hardin to assassinate Martin Morose.

    1906 - Eddie Durham was born in San Marcos, TX. He became known as one of the most important Swing era composer-arrangers.

    1921 - Eugene Wesley (Gene) Roddenberry was born in El Paso, TX. Roddenberry's first career was as an airline pilot. Later, he created the TV series Star Trek.

    1949 - Thomas Campbell Clark began serving on the Supreme Court of the United States. He was the first Texas to serve on the court.

    1962 - Homero Blancas shot a 55 at the Premier Invitational Golf Tournament held in Longview, TX. It was the lowest score in U.S. competitive golf history.

    1984 - The Republican convention in Houston nominated Ronald Reagan to continue as president.
    It's not how old you are, it's how you got here.
    It's been a long road and not all of it was paved.
    A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. Gandhi
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