Blue Cut wildfire

California wildfire now 40% contained

Thousands of California residents chased from their mountain and desert homes are slowly beginning to take stock of their losses from the wi…

Boris Yeltsin, president of the Russian Federation, makes a speech from atop a tank in front of the Russian parliament building in Moscow, U.S.S.R., Monday, Aug. 19, 1991. Yeltsin called on the Russian people to resist the communist hard liners in the Soviet coup.  (AP Photo)

Today in History: August 19

Inside the story: Photo gallery

On Aug. 19, 1991, Soviet hard-liners stunned the world by announcing that President Mikhail S. Gorbachev had been removed from power. (The c…