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Today is Monday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2019. There are 134 days left in the year.

Today in history

On Aug. 19, 1934, a plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler.

Also on this date:

In 1812, the USS Constitution defeated the British frigate HMS Guerriere off Nova Scotia during the War of 1812, earning the nickname “Old Ironsides.”

In 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces landed at Benedict, Md., with the objective of capturing Washington D.C.

In 1848, the New York Herald reported the discovery of gold in California.

In 1982, Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the second woman to be launched into space.

Fun fact

Garlic is known to attract leeches.

These three tweets

1. Scientists please just tell us when the world is gonna end so I can stop working out.


2. Me: [Stopping.] “Siri, reroute to kitchen, there’s a traffic jam.”

Siri: “Step over the dog.”


3. I spent more than $200 at the grocery store yesterday which means there will be no food in my house by tomorrow.


Trending words

“Satiate:” verb; (sa·?tiate). Definition: To satisfy fully or to excess.

— Merriam-Webster

Today’s birthdays

Actor L.Q. Jones is 92. Actress Debra Paget is 86. USTA Eastern Tennis Hall of Famer Renee Richards is 85. Former MLB All-Star Bobby Richardson is 84. Actress Diana Muldaur is 81. Rock musician Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith) is 80. Singer Johnny Nash is 79. Actress Jill St. John is 79. Singer Billy J. Kramer is 76. Country singer-songwriter Eddy Raven is 75. Rock singer Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) is 74. Former President Bill Clinton is 73. Actor Gerald McRaney is 72. Actor Jim Carter is 71. Pop singer-musician Elliot Lurie (Looking Glass) is 71. Rock musician John Deacon (Queen) is 68. Actor-director Jonathan Frakes is 67. Actor Peter Gallagher is 64. Actor Adam Arkin is 63. Singer-songwriter Gary Chapman is 62. Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Anthony Munoz is 61. Actor Eric Lutes is 57. Actor John Stamos is 56. Actress Kyra Sedgwick is 54. Actor Kevin Dillon is 54. Country singer Lee Ann Womack is 53. Country singer-songwriter Mark McGuinn is 51. Actor Matthew Perry is 50. Country singer Clay Walker is 50. Rapper Fat Joe is 49. Olympic gold medal tennis player Mary Joe Fernandez is 48. Actress Tracie Thoms is 44. Actor Callum Blue is 42. Actress Erika Christensen is 37. Actress Melissa Fumero is 37. Pop singer Missy Higgins is 36. Actor Peter Mooney is 36. Olympic silver medal snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis is 34. Actor J. Evan Bonifant is 34. Rapper Romeo is 30. Actor Ethan Cutkosky is 20.

The Edge is compiled by Dallas Marshall. She can be contacted at

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