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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 12 – ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Premieres and More

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1851 – Isaac Singer patents the sewing machine (More info)

1898 – An Armistice ends the Spanish-American War (More info)

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This Day in History for August 10 – Smithsonian Established and More

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1793 – The Louvre officially opens in Paris (More info)

1846 – The Smithsonian Institution is chartered by the United States Congress (More info)

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This Day in History for August 9 – Sistine Chapel Opens and More

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1483 – The Sistine Chapel in Rome opens with a celebratory Mass (More info)

1930 – Betty Boop debuts in the cartoon ‘Dizzy Dishes’ (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 7 – Purple Heart Created and More

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1782 – George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle; it is later renamed to the more poetic Purple Heart (More info)

1789 – The United States War Department, which later becomes the Department of Defense, is established (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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This Day in History for August 5 – ‘American Bandstand’ Debuts and More

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1861 – To help pay for the Civil War, the US government levies its first income tax (More info)

1884 – The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid in New York Harbor (More info)

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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 2 – Hitler Becomes Fuhrer and More

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1776 – The signing of the United States Declaration of Independence takes place (More info)

1790 – The first census is completed, showing a US population of 3,929,214 people (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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