Today is Sunday, Aug. 22, the 235th day of 2004. There are 131 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 22, 1775, Britain's King George III proclaimed the American colonies in a state of open rebellion.

On this date:

In 1485, England's King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, ending the War of the Roses.

In 1787, inventor John Fitch demonstrated his steamboat on the Delaware River to delegates of the Continental Congress.

In 1846, the United States annexed New Mexico.

In 1851, the schooner America outraced the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the America's Cup.

In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. chief executive to ride in an automobile, in Hartford, Conn.

In 1904, 100 years ago, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping was born in Sichuan province.

In 1911, it was announced in Paris that Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" had been stolen from the Louvre Museum the night before. The painting turned up two years later, in Italy.

In 1956, President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon were nominated for second terms in office by the Republican national convention in San Francisco.

In 1978, President Jomo Kenyatta, a leading figure in Kenya's struggle for independence, died; Vice President Daniel Arap Moi was sworn in as acting president.

In 1989, Black Panther co-founder Huey P. Newton was shot to death in Oakland, Calif. Gunman Tyrone Robinson was later sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.

Ten years ago: Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico's ruling party declared victory a day after presidential elections that his leading opponents charged were unfair.

Five years ago: Hurricane Bret rumbled ashore on the Texas Gulf Coast with wind over 100 mph. A China Airlines jet burst into flames at Hong Kong's new airport, killing three people and injuring more than 200. Art dealer Leo Castelli died in New York at age 91.

One year ago: Alabama's chief justice, Roy Moore, was suspended for his refusal to obey a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of his courthouse. Texas Gov. Rick Perry pardoned 35 people arrested in the 1999 Tulia drug busts and convicted on the testimony of a lone undercover agent later charged with perjury. In Brazil, a rocket exploded on its launch pad during tests just days before liftoff, killing 21 people.

Today's Birthdays: Author Ray Bradbury is 84. Heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley is 84. Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf is 70. ABC newsman Morton Dean is 69. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Carl Yastrzemski is 65. Actress Valerie Harper is 64. Football coach Bill Parcells is 63. CBS newsman Steve Kroft is 59. Actress Cindy Williams is 57. Musician David Marks (The Beach Boys) is 56. Country singer Holly Dunn is 47. Rock musician Vernon Reid is 46. Country singer Collin Raye is 44. Country singer Ricky Lynn Gregg is 43. Rock singer Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears) is 43. Rock musician Debbi Peterson (The Bangles) is 43. Rock musician Gary Lee Connor (Screaming Trees) is 42. Singer Tori Amos is 41. Country singer Mila Mason is 41. Rhythm and blues musician James DeBarge is 41. Tennis player Mats Wilander is 40. Rapper GZA/The Genius is 38. Actor Rick Yune is 33. Rock musician Paul Doucette (Matchbox Twenty) is 32. Rap-reggae singer Beenie Man is 31. Singer Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) is 31. Actress Jenna Leigh Green is 30.

Thought for Today: "If you want to be thought a liar, always tell the truth." - Logan Pearsall Smith, American essayist (1865-1946).

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