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This day in history

August 22, 2011

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►Today is Monday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2011. There are 131 days left in the year.

►Today’s birthdays: Author Ray Bradbury is 91. Heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley is 91. Retired General H. Norman Schwarzkopf is 77. Broadcast journalist Morton Dean is 76. Author Annie Proulx is 76. Red Sox great and Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski is 72. Actress Valerie Harper is 72. Football coach Bill Parcells is 70. CBS newsman Steve Kroft is 66. Actress Cindy Williams is 64. International Swimming Hall of Famer Diana Nyad is 62. Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Molitor is 55. Country singer Holly Dunn is 54. Rock musician Vernon Reid is 53. Country singer Ricky Lynn Gregg is 52; Country singer Collin Raye is 51. Actress Regina Taylor is 51. Rock singer Roland Orzabal (Tears for Fears) is 50. Rock musician Debbi Peterson (the Bangles) is 50. Rock musician Gary Lee Conner (Screaming Trees) is 49. Singer Tori Amos is 48. Country singer Mila Mason is 48. R&B musician James DeBarge is 48. International Tennis Hall of Famer Mats Wilander is 47. Rapper GZA/The Genius is 45. Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is 44. Actor Ty Burrell is 44. Actor Rick Yune is 40. Rock musician Paul Doucette (Matchbox Twenty) is 39. Rap-reggae singer Beenie Man is 38. Singer Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) is 38. Actress Kristen Wiig is 38. Actress Jenna Leigh Green is 37. Rock musician Bo Koster is 37. Rock musician Dean Back is 36. Rock musician Jeff Stinco (Simple Plan) is 33. Actor Brandon Adams is 32. Actress Aya Sumika is 31.

► In 1787, inventor John Fitch demonstrated his steamboat on the Delaware River to delegates from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

► In 1846, General Stephen W. Kearny proclaimed all of New Mexico a territory of the United States.

►In 1922, Irish revolutionary Michael Collins was shot to death, apparently by Irish Republican Army members opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty that Collins had co-signed.

►In 1932, the British Broadcasting Corp. conducted its first experimental television broadcast using a 30-line mechanical system.

►In 1986, Kerr-McGee Corp. agreed to pay the estate of the late Karen Silkwood $1.38 million, settling a 10-year-old nuclear contamination lawsuit.

►In 1989, Black Panthers cofounder Huey P. Newton was shot to death in Oakland, Calif. (Gunman Tyrone Robinson was later sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.)

► In 2006, a Russian Pulkovo Airlines jet carrying 170 people crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing all aboard.

► In 2010, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera confirmed in August that all the miners trapped underground for 17 days were still alive after a probe came back with a handwritten note saying, “All 33 of us are fine in the shelter.’’ (The miners were rescued that October.)