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Today in history: August 18

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Thursday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2005. There are 135 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Aug. 18, 1846, U.S. forces led by Gen. Stephen W. Kearny captured Santa Fe, N.M.

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, N.C.

In 1894, Congress established the Bureau of Immigration.

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

In 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed the right of all American women to vote.

In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the Thousand Islands Bridge connecting the United States and Canada.

In 1954, during the Eisenhower administration, Assistant Secretary of Labor James E. Wilkins became the first black official to attend a meeting of a president's Cabinet as he sat in for Labor Secretary James P. Mitchell.

In 1958, the novel "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov was published.

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

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 1983, Hurricane Alicia slammed into the Texas coast, leaving 22 dead and causing more than $1 billion worth of damage.

Ten years ago: Shannon Faulkner, who'd won a 2 1/2-year legal battle to become the first female cadet at The Citadel, quit the South Carolina military college after less than a week, most of it spent in the infirmary.

Five years ago: Fresh from the Democratic National Convention, Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman shoved off from the banks of the Mississippi on a riverboat cruise to stir excitement for their freshly launched White House campaign.

One year ago: In Athens, Paul Hamm won the men's gymnastics all-around Olympic gold medal by the closest margin ever in the event; controversy followed after it was discovered a scoring error might have cost Yang Tae-young of South Korea the title. Film composer Elmer Bernstein died in Ojai, Calif., at age 82. Hawaii's first U.S. senator, Hiram L. Fong, died at age 97.

Today's Birthdays: Former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger is 88. Actress Shelley Winters is 85. Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is 78. Movie director Roman Polanski is 72. Actor Robert Redford is 68. Singer Johnny Preston is 66. Actor Christopher Jones is 64. Actor Henry G. Sanders is 63. Actor-comedian Martin Mull is 62. Singer Nona Hendryx is 60. Rock musician Dennis Elliott is 55. Actor Patrick Swayze is 53. Country singer Steve Wilkinson (The Wilkinsons) is 50. Actor Denis Leary is 48. Actress Madeleine Stowe is 47. Actor Craig Bierko is 40. Rock singer-musician Zac Maloy (The Nixons) is 37. Hip-hop artist Everlast is 36. Actor Christian Slater is 36. Actor Edward Norton is 36. Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is 35. Rock musician Dirk Lance is 29. Actor Mika Boorem is 17. Actress Parker McKenna Posey is 10.

Thought for Today: "That is one of the bitter curses of poverty; it leaves no right to be generous." — George Gissing, English author and critic (1857-1903).