– Today is Thursday, Aug. 5, the 217th day of 2010. There are 148 days left in the year..

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Aug. 5, 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, was found dead in her Los Angeles home; her death was ruled a probable suicide from an overdose of sleeping pills.

On this date:

In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Admiral David G. Farragut led his fleet to victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay, Ala.

In 1884, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal was laid on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor.

In 1924, the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” by Harold Gray, made its debut.

In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the National Labor Board, which was later replaced with the National Labor Relations Board.

In 1953, Operation Big Switch began as prisoners taken during the Korean conflict were exchanged at Panmunjom.

In 1960, the West African nation of Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) became fully independent of French rule.

In 1963, the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union signed a treaty in Moscow banning nuclear tests in the atmosphere, in space and underwater.

In 1968, the Republican national convention convened in Miami Beach.

In 1969, the U.S. space probe Mariner 7 flew by Mars, sending back photographs and scientific data.

In 1984, actor Richard Burton died in Geneva, Switzerland, at age 58..

Today’s Birthdays:

Former astronaut Neil A. Armstrong is 80. Actress Cammie King (“Gone with the Wind”) is 76. Actor John Saxon is 75. College Football Hall of Famer Roman Gabriel is 70. Actress Loni Anderson is 65. Actress Holly Palance is 60. Singer Samantha Sang is 57. Actress-singer Maureen McCormick is 54. Rock musician Pat Smear is 51. Actress Tawney Kitaen is 49. Country musician Mark O’Connor is 49. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Patrick Ewing is 48. Rapper MCA (The Beastie Boys) is 46. Actor Jonathan Silverman is 44. Country singer Terri Clark is 42. Former MLB player John Olerud is 42. Rock musician Eicca Toppinen (Apocalyptica) is 35. Actor Brendon Ryan Barrett is 24is 36. Hip-hop DJ/music producer Danger Mouse is 33. Actress Rachel Miner is 30. CIRCULATION/CUSTOMER SERVICE

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