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August 18, 2013

Today in History for Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013

-- — Highlight in History

On August 18, 1963, James Meredith became the first black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

On this date

In 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil, on what is now Roanoke Island in North Carolina. (However, the Roanoke colony ended up mysteriously disappearing.)

In 1958, the novel “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov was first published in New York by G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, N.Y., wound to a close after three nights with a midmorning set by Jimi Hendrix.

In 1983, Hurricane Alicia slammed into the Texas coast, leaving 21 dead and causing more than a billion dollars’ worth of damage. The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Yankees, 5-4, in the completion of the “pine-tar” game in just 12 minutes.

In 1988, Vice President George H.W. Bush accepted the presidential nomination of his party at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans.

In 1993, a judge in Sarasota, Fla., ruled that Kimberly Mays, the 14-year-old girl who had been switched at birth with another baby, need never again see her biological parents, Ernest and Regina Twigg, in accordance with her stated wishes.

Ten years ago

A senior French health official resigned after France’s health minister admitted that up to 5,000 people might have died in a heat wave. The Liberian government and rebels signed a peace accord. Islamic extremists freed 14 European tourists six months after they’d been kidnapped.

Five years ago

Pervez Musharraf resigned as the president of Pakistan. Tropical Storm Fay pounded Cuba with torrential rain and wind before sweeping across the Florida Keys.

One year ago

Tropical Storm Helene quickly weakened into a tropical depression after moving ashore on Mexico’s Gulf Coast. Singer Scott McKenzie, 73, who performed “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” — which became a hit in 1967 during the city’s “Summer of Love” — died in Los Angeles.

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