Today is Saturday, Aug. 2, the 215th day of 2008. There are 151 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Aug. 2, 1776, members of thebegan attaching their signatures to the .
On this date:
In 1790, the enumeration for the first United States census began; the final total was 3,929,214.
In 1873, inventor Andrew S. Hallidie successfully tested a cable car he had designed for the city of San Francisco.
In 1876, frontiersman "Wild Bill" Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood,.
In 1923, the Warren G. Harding, died in San Francisco.,
In 1927, four years after becoming president, Calvin Coolidge issued a written statement to reporters: "I do not choose to run for President in 1928."
In 1934, German President Paul von Hindenburg died, paving the way for Adolf Hitler's complete takeover.
In 1939, Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Roosevelt urging creation of an atomic weapons research program.
In 1943, during World War II, Navy boat PT-109, commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, sank after being rammed by the off the Solomon Islands.
In 1964, the destroyer USS Maddox suffered light damage from North Vietnamese patrol torpedo boats in the .
In 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, seizing control of the oil-rich emirate. (The Iraqis were later driven out in Operation Desert Storm.)
Ten years ago: Cyclist Marco Pantani of Italy won the Tour de France, which had been marred by a doping scandal. died in Los Angeles at age 65.
Five years ago: Liberian President Charles Taylor agreed to cede power.'s two elder sons and a grandson were buried as martyrs near the deposed Iraqi leader's hometown of Tikrit, where insurgents afterward attacked U.S. troops with three remote-controlled bombs.
One year ago: Mattel apologized to customers as it recalled nearly a million Chinese-made toys from its Fisher-Price division that were found to have excessive amounts of lead. A Marine Corps squad leader was convicted at Camp Pendleton, Calif., of murdering an Iraqi man during a frustrated search for an insurgent. (Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III was sentenced to 15 years in prison.) Two small Russian submarines completed a voyage below the North Pole where they planted the country's flag on the .
Today's Birthdays: Former Sen. Actor Peter O'Toole is 76. Country singer Hank Cochran is 73. Rock musician Garth Hudson (The Band) is 71. Movie director Wes Craven is 69. Singer Kathy Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 65. Actor Max Wright is 65. is 63. is 58. Singer Andrew Gold is 57. ("The Munsters") is 55. Singer Mojo Nixon is 51. Actress Victoria Jackson is 49. Actress Apollonia is 49. 46. Actress is 44. Rock musician is 40. Writer-actor-director Kevin Smith is 38. is 31. Rock musician Devon Glenn is 28. Actress Hallie Eisenberg is 16., R-Nev., is 86.
Thought for Today: "A man who does not lose his reason over certain things has none to lose." — Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, German dramatist (1729-1781).
Courtesy of the Associated Press