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1812 The USS Constitution defeated the British frigate HMS Guerriere off Nova Scotia during the War of 1812, earning the nickname "Old Ironsides."
1848 The New York Herald reported the discovery of gold in California.
1934 A plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler.
1960 A tribunal in Moscow convicted American U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers of espionage. Although sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment, Powers was returned to the United States in 1962 as part of a prisoner exchange.
1976 President Gerald R. Ford won the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Kansas City.
1991 Soviet hard-liners made the stunning announcement that President Mikhail S. Gorbachev had been removed from power, a coup attempt that collapsed two days later.
In The Star
Aug. 19, 1938, in The Star: Anniston’s mayor, W. S. Coleman, was unanimously elected president of the Alabama League of Municipalities today, the second and final day of the convention in Anniston. In concluding business, the membership went on record opposing a constitutional amendment which would provide for earmarking funds that cities derive from automobile licenses and taxes; it also heard from Gov. Bibb Graves about the general inequity that exists among interstate freight rates across the nation. There is an approximate 40 percent penalty on goods manufactured in the South and shipped to points in the North and East for sale. Also this date: “The ping-ping of hammer hitting nail and the rhythmic buzz of handsaws are heard in every section of Anniston’s residential areas” these days, we learn in an article about local and national construction trends. Nearly 20 houses are being rushed to completion within the city, at least half being financed through FHA loans. Rebuilding and repairs are also under way; local lumber executives, real estate agents and FHA officials expect the current building boom to expand even further during the last part of this month and into the approaching fall months. [Accompanying the article is a photograph of a duplex under construction near the corner of 13th and Christine in Anniston. The frame dwelling with special asbestos siding is owned by Mrs. Frances Morgan and the contractor is R. L. Perkins.] Real estate heads and contractors noted that even after the current building spurt ends, Anniston will still lack sufficient housing, either for sale or rent, for everyone who wants it.
Aug. 19, 1988, in The Star: At last night's mayoral candidates' forum, Mayor Bill Robison said several hours wouldn't be enough time to cover his achievements during his term on the Anniston City Council. But Freddy Rimpsey said he fears a possible municipal apocalypse: “I pray for Anniston, Oxford may have to annex us to save us.” It was politics as usual at the forum with one curious development as candidate John O'Dell seemingly took a back seat while Robison and Rimpsey jousted. After the opening statements of each candidate, the forum quickly settled into a one-on-one between Rimpsey and Robison, a one-on-one that became East vs. West or black vs. white. Also this date: The question of white flight entered the debate at a Ward 4 candidates forum last night, with retired Tenth Street School Principal Estelle Robertson asking the candidates if they had any plan to put a halt to it. Candidate Sam Stewart Jr. agreed, noting that last year, only 12 of 36 fifth-graders at Golden Spring Elementary went on to the new middle school and only 17 of 47 fifth-graders at Tenth Street did so. Stewart suggested the problem with the middle school wasn’t racial but just a question of logistics: the time, distance and inconvenience involved.
Birthdays for August 19
Actor L.Q. Jones is 86. Actress Debra Paget is 80. USTA Eastern Tennis Hall of Famer Renee Richards is 79. Actress Diana Muldaur is 75. Rock musician Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith) is 74. Actress Jill St. John is 73. Former President Bill Clinton is 67. Tipper Gore, wife of former Vice President Al Gore, is 65. Actor Jim Carter is 65. Actor Gerald McRaney is 65. Rock musician John Deacon (Queen) is 62. Actor-director Jonathan Frakes is 61. Political consultant Mary Matalin is 60. Actor Peter Gallagher is 58. Actor Adam Arkin is 57. Singer-songwriter Gary Chapman is 56. Actor John Stamos is 50. Actress Kyra Sedgwick is 48. Actor Kevin Dillon is 48. Country singer Lee Ann Womack is 47. Actor Matthew Perry is 44. Country singer Clay Walker is 44. Actress Erika Christensen is 31. Pop singer Missy Higgins is 30. Country singer Karli Osborn is 29.
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