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This Day in History for August 12 – ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Premieres and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

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 11 – Inmates Arrive at Alcatraz and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1934 – The first civilian inmates arrive at the Federal prison on Alcatraz Island (More info)

1965 – The predominately black neighborhood of Watts in Los Angeles erupts in riots that last six days and leave 34 people dead (More info)

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

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

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 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

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

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

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

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 July 31 – First US Patent Issued and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

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

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

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

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

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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