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Today in history: Aug. 3

Today in history: Aug. 3
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Take a step back in time through the pages of The Sentinel. Also, get celebrity birthdays.

Today in history

In 1998: The Consumers Energy J.H. Campbell power plant in Port Sheldon Township is one local institution the newly formed Coalition for Societal Change is investigating to learn more about environmental and political issues affecting Holland. Members leave each meeting with individual projects to work on during the week. They gather addresses to write letters, and plan to attend local government meetings and distribute brochures to get their messages about local issues to the public. Paul Hankamp, 19, founded the group with friend Charles Bruursema, 19, in June.

On this day

In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day Americas.

In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr went on trial before a federal court in Richmond, Virginia, charged with treason. (He was acquitted less than a month later.)

In 1914, Germany declared war on France at the onset of World War I.

In 1921, baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis refused to reinstate the former Chicago White Sox players implicated in the “Black Sox” scandal, despite their acquittals in a jury trial.

In 1936, Jesse Owens of the United States won the first of his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics as he took the 100-meter sprint.

In 1943, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. George S. Patton slapped a private at an army hospital in Sicily, accusing him of cowardice. (Patton was later ordered by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to apologize for this and a second, similar episode.)

In 1958, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater.

In 1966, comedian Lenny Bruce, whose raunchy brand of satire and dark humor landed him in trouble with the law, was found dead in his Los Angeles home; he was 40.

In 1972, the U.S. Senate ratified the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union. (The U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the treaty in 2002.)

In 1980, closing ceremonies were held in Moscow for the Summer Olympic Games, which had been boycotted by dozens of countries, including the United States.

In 1981, U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike, despite a warning from President Ronald Reagan they would be fired, which they were.

In 1987, the Iran-Contra congressional hearings ended, with none of the 29 witnesses tying President Ronald Reagan directly to the diversion of arms-sales profits to Nicaraguan rebels.

In 1994, Arkansas carried out the nation’s first triple execution in 32 years. Stephen G. Breyer was sworn in as the Supreme Court’s newest justice in a private ceremony at Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist’s Vermont summer home.

Celebrity birthdays

Ryan Lochte is 34.

Tony Bennett is 92.

Martin Sheen is 78.

Martha Stewart is 77.

Marcel Dionne is 67.

Isaiah Washington is 55.

Evangeline Lilly is 39.

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