August 10 | Facts

August 10 | Facts

1821 Missouri became the 24th state in the United States. 1846 The Smithsonian Institution was established in Washington, D.C., from funds left by British scientist James Smithson. 1921 Franklin D. Roosevelt was stricken with polio at his summer home on Campobello island. 1944 U.S. forces seized Guam from Japan. 1948 Candid Camera with Allen Funt debuted on television. 1988 President Reagan signed a bill that […]

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August 9 | Facts

August 9 | Facts

1854 Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, recounting his experiment in solitary life on the shores of Massachusetts’ Walden Pond, was published. 1936 Jesse Owens became the first American to win four gold medals in one Olympics. 1945 The United States exploded a nuclear bomb over Nagasaki, Japan, killing an estimated 74,000 people. 1965 Singapore proclaimed its independence from Malaysia. 1974 Vice president Gerald Ford was sworn […]

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August 8 | Facts

August 8 | Facts

1588 English forces attacked the Spanish Armada, permanently crippling Spain’s “invincible” fleet. 1786 Dr. Michael-Gabriel Paccard and Jacques Balmat became the first to climb Mont Blanc. 1876 Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine. 1900 The first Davis Cup tennis tournament began at the Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. 1963 In “The Great Train Robbery,” some 15 thieves robbed the Glasgow-to-London mail train, making off […]

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August 7 | Facts

August 7 | Facts

1789 Congress established the U.S. War Department. 1947 The wooden raft Kon-Tiki, which carried Thor Heyerdahl and five companions more than 4,000 miles, crashed into a reef in the Pacific. 1959 The United States launched Explorer 6, which sent back a picture of Earth. 1964 Congress passed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which expanded President Johnson’s use of military powers in the Vietnam War. 1987 Lynne […]

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August 6 | Facts

August 6 | Facts

1806 The Holy Roman Empire ended with the abdication of Emperor Francis II. 1825 Bolivia declared its independence from Peru. 1926 Gertrude Ederle became the first U.S. woman to swim across the English Channel. 1945 The first atomic bomb used in warfare was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. 1962 Jamaica gained its independence within the Britain Commonwealth. 1965 President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of […]

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August 5 | Facts

August 5 | Facts

1861 For the first time, the U.S. government levied an income tax. 1884 The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe’s Island. 1914 The first electric traffic lights were installed in Cleveland, Ohio. 1962 Marilyn Monroe died. 1963 The United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union signed the limited Test Ban Treaty, which prohibited nuclear weapon tests in the atmosphere, in outer […]

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August 4 | Facts

August 4 | Facts

1735 Printer John Peter Zenger, defended by Andrew Hamilton, was acquitted of libel in a case that helped foster freedom of the press. 1884 Thomas Stevens became the first person to bicycle across the United States. He later bicycled around the world. 1892 Lizzie Borden’s father and stepmother were killed with an axe in Fall River, Mass. 1914 Germany invaded Belgium and, in response, Britain […]

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August 3 | Facts

August 3 | Facts

1492 Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain. 1914 Germany declared war on France. 1923 Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, following the death of Warren G. Harding. 1949 The National Basketball Association was formed. 1958 The nuclear-powered submarmine Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater. 1981 U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike. 1987 […]

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August 2 | Facts

August 2 | Facts

1790 The first U.S. census was completed, showing a population of 3,929,214 people. 1876 Wild Bill Hickok was murdered in Deadwood, S.D. 1909 The first Lincoln penny was issued. 1923 Warren G. Harding, the 29th president of the United States, died in San Francisco. 1943 PT-109, a torpedo boat commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, was sunk off the Solomon Islands by a Japanese destroyer. […]

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August 1 | Facts

August 1 | Facts

1790 The first U.S. census was completed, showing a population of 3,929,214 people. 1876 Colorado became the 38th state in the United States. 1936 Adolf Hitler presided over the opening of the Berlin Olympic Games. 1946 President Truman signed the congressional acts that established the Atomic Energy Commission and the Fulbright Scholarship program. 1981 MTV made its debut at 12:01 AM. The first video shown […]

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