updated 8/17/2007 12:49:28 PM ET 2007-08-17T16:49:28

Today is Saturday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2007. There are 135 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Aug. 18, 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil, on what is now Roanoke Island, N.C. (However, the colony she was born into ended up mysteriously disappearing.)

On this date:

In 1227, Mongol ruler Genghis Khan died.

In 1846, U.S. forces led by Gen. Stephen W. Kearny captured Santa Fe, N.M.

In 1914, President Wilson issued his Proclamation of Neutrality, aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I.

In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed the right of all American women to vote, was ratified as Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it.

In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt and Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King dedicated the Thousand Islands Bridge connecting the United States and Canada.

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

In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair ended in Sullivan County, N.Y., with a mid-morning set performed by Jimi Hendrix.

In 1976, 2 U.S. Army officers were killed in Korea’s demilitarized zone as a group of North Korean soldiers wielding axes and metal pikes attacked U.S. and South Korean soldiers.

In 1982, for the first time, volume on the New York Stock exchange topped the 100 million level as 132.69 million shares were traded.

In 1987, American journalist Charles Glass escaped his kidnappers in Beirut after 62 days in captivity. (Glass had been abducted June 17 with two Lebanese who were released after a week.)

Ten years ago: United Parcel Service and the Teamsters union reached a tentative agreement to end a 15-day-old strike. Beth Ann Hogan became the first coed in the Virginia Military Institute’s 158-year history.

Five years ago: In a tearful, farewell Mass in his beloved Krakow, Pope John Paul II told more than 2 million Poles that he would like to return one day — but that “this is entirely in God’s hands.” Rich Beem beat Tiger Woods to capture the PGA Championship.

One year ago: President George W. Bush criticized a federal court ruling the day before that his warrantless wiretapping program was unconstitutional, declaring that opponents “do not understand the nature of the world in which we live.” Financially struggling Ford Motor Co. said it would temporarily halt production at 10 assembly plants.

Today’s Birthdays: Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is 80. Movie director Roman Polanski is 74. Actor Robert Redford is 70. Singer Johnny Preston is 68. Actor Christopher Jones is 66. Actor Henry G. Sanders is 65. Actor-comedian Martin Mull is 64. Rock musician Dennis Elliott is 57. Actor Patrick Swayze is 55. Country singer Steve Wilkinson (The Wilkinsons) is 52. Actor Denis Leary is

50. Actress Madeleine Stowe is 49. News anchor Bob Woodruff is 46. Actor Craig Bierko is 42. Rock singer-musician Zac Maloy (The Nixons) is 39. Hip-hop artist Everlast is 38. Rapper Masta Killa (Wu-Tang Clan) is 38. Actor Christian Slater is 38. Actor Edward Norton is 38. Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is 37. Actress Kaitlin Olson is 32. Rock musician Dirk Lance is 31. Actress Parker McKenna Posey is 12.

Thought for Today: “The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up.” -- Dorothy Day, American social activist (1897-1980).

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