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This Day in History for August 16 – Elvis Presley Dies and More

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1858 – President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the UK (More info)

1896 – Gold is discovered in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush (More info)

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This Day in History for August 13 – Berlin Divides Itself and More

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1878 – A yellow fever epidemic in Memphis eventually empties the city (More info)

1918 – Opha Mae Johnson becomes the first woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps (More info)

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This Day in History for August 8 – Nixon Resigns and More

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1863 – Gen. Robert E. Lee offers his resignation following his defeat in the Battle of Gettysburg (More info)

1876 – Thomas Edison patents the mimeograph (More info)

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This Day in History for August 6 – Hiroshima Bombed and More

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1890 – Murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair (More info)

1926 – Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping (More info)

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The White House
The White House
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This Day in History for August 3 – Calvin Coolidge Takes Office and More

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1492 – Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain (More info)

1900 – The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company is founded (More info)

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This Day in History for August 1 – MTV Debuts and More

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1842 – The Lombard Street Riot erupts in Philadelphia (More info)

1914 – Germany declares war on Russia, launching World War I (More info)

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This Day in History for July 31 – First US Patent Issued and More

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1009 – Pope Sergius IV becomes the 142nd pope, succeeding Pope John XVIII (More info)

1498 – On his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to discover the island of Trinidad (More info)

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This Day in History for July 30 – Jimmy Hoffa Vanishes and More

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1932 – Walt Disney’s ‘Flowers and Trees,’ the first cartoon short to use Technicolor and the first Oscar-winning cartoon short, premieres (More info)

1945 – The USS Indianapolis is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sinks within 15 minutes, killing almost 900 men (More info)

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Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
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This Day in History for July 27 – Bugs Bunny Debuts and More

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1940 – Bugs Bunny makes his debut in the animated short ‘A Wild Hare’ (More info)

1974 – The House Judiciary Committee votes to impeach President Richard Nixon for obstruction of justice (More info)

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Philipp Salzgeber, Wikimedia Commons
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This Day in History for July 23 – Hale-Bopp Comet Discovered and More

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1926 – Fox Film buys the patents of the Movietone sound system for recording sound onto film (More info)

1967 – In Detroit, Mich., one of the worst riots in United States history begins on 12th Street in the predominantly African-American inner city, leaving 43 killed, 342 injured and 1,400 buildings burned (More info)

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This Day in History for July 20 – Apollo 11 Lands and More

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1903 – Ford Motor Company ships its first car (More info)

1960 – Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Ceylon — now Sri Lanka — is elected as Prime Minister, thus becoming the world’s first elected female head of government (More info)

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Library of Congress
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This Day in History for July 19 – First Women’s Rights Convention and More

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1692 – Five women are hanged for witchcraft in Salem, Mass. (More info)

1848 – The first women’s rights convention, called by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia C. Mott, was held in Seneca Falls, N.Y. (More info)

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