Aretha Franklin, RIPby Natalie Wainwright

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It’s Aug. 23, the 235thth day of the year; 130 days remain in 2018. The National Weather Service reports that yesterday’s Lake Michigan temperatures were 80 at the Chicago shore, 67 at the Chicago crib and 77 at the Wilmette buoy.

The referendum question about preserving the Harley Clarke mansion will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. Meanwhile, the City will pursue demolition of the mansion. Off to the races.

Tonight:

Thursday Night Live with The Flat Cats, playing swing, jazz and blues. Fountain Square, 7 p.m. Free.

Ninth Ward meeting with Alderman Cicely Fleming. Levy Senior Center. 7 p.m.

North Branch Library Book Group: “Autumn” by Ali Smith. 7 p.m.

Ago (from History.com and Onthisday.com):

1784: State of Franklin declares independence, four counties in western North Carolina declare their independence as the state of Franklin. The counties lay in what would eventually become Tennessee.

1861: Allan Pinkerton, head of the new secret service agency of the Federal government, places Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow under house arrest in Washington, D.C.

1904: Patent for tire chain issued

1958: Marie Ashton completes playing piano, a female record 133 hours.

1963: Beatles release single “She Loves You” in the UK.

1968: Ringo quits Beatles over a disagreement (temporarily).

1975: Free guitarist Paul Kossoff revived from dead after heart attack.

1979: Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in NYC.