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Today is the 241st day of 2020 and the 71st day of summer.
TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1949, the Soviet Union conducted its first atomic bomb test.
In 1957, Democratic Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina concluded his 24-hour-long filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
In 1991, the parliament of the Soviet Union suspended all Communist Party activities indefinitely.
In 2005, Category 3 storm Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: John Locke (1632-1704), philoso- pher; Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1809-1894), author; Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982), actress; Charlie Parker (1920-1955), musician; Richard Attenborough (1923-2014), filmmaker; William Friedkin (1935- ), film director; John McCain (1936- 2018), U.S. senator; Elliott Gould (1938- ), actor; Joel Schumacher (1939-2020), film director; GG Allin (1956-1993), singer-songwriter; Michael Jackson (1958-2009), singer-song- writer; Lea Michele (1986- ), actress; Liam Payne (1993- ), singer-songwriter.
TODAY’S FACT: Strom Thurmond’s 1957 civil rights fili- buster remains the longest one-man filibuster in history. It last- ed 24 hours, 18 minutes and opened with Thurmond reading the voting laws of all 48 states.
TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1977, St. Louis Cardinal Lou Brock stole two bases to match, then break, Ty Cobb’s record for career stolen bases, which had stood at 892 bases for 49 years.