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Events, August 15th

1848 – The dental chair was patented by M. Waldo Hanchett. 1877 – Thomas Edison wrote to the president of the Telegraph Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The letter stated that the word, “hello” would be a more appropriate greeting than

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Events, August 14th

1248 – The rebuilding of the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, began after being destroyed by fire and, the same date, 1880, the cathedral was completed after 632 years of rebuilding. 1888 – A patent for the electric meter was

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Events, August 13th

1792 – French revolutionaries took the entire French royal family and imprisoned them. 1889 – A patent for a coin-operated telephone was issued to William Gray. 1932 – Adolf Hitler refused to take the post of vice-chancellor of Germany. He

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Events, August 10th

1792 – King Louis XVI was taken into custody by mobs during the French Revolution. He was executed the following January after being put on trial for treason. 1846 – The Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the U.S. Congress. The

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Events, August 9th

1790 – The Columbia returned to Boston Harbor after a three-year voyage. It was the first ship to carry the American flag around the world. 1842 – The U.S. and Canada signed the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which solved a border dispute,

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Events, August 8th

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for St. Helena, in the South Atlantic. The remainder of his life was spent there in exile. 1899 – The refrigerator was patented by A.T. Marshall. (Image: zealousgood.com) 1900 – In Boston, the first

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Events, August 7th

1782 – George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart. 1888 – Theophilus Van Kannel received a patent for the revolving door. 1914 – Germany invaded France. 1942 – U.S. forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the

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Events, August 3rd

1492 – Christopher Columbus left Palos, Spain with three ships. The voyage led him to what is now known as the Americas. He reached the Bahamas, October 12th. 1777 – During the Siege of Fort Stanwix the first U.S. flag

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Events, August 2nd

August 2nd: 1776 – Members of the Continental Congress began adding their signatures to the Declaration of Independence. 1791 – Samuel Briggs and his son Samuel Briggs, Jr. received a joint patent for their nail-making machine. They were the first

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Events, August 1st

1774 – Oxygen was isolated from air successfully by chemist Carl Wilhelm and scientist Joseph Priestly. 1834 – Slavery was outlawed in the British empire with an emancipation bill. 1873 – Andrew S. Hallidie successfully tested a cable car. The

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Events, July 31st

1498 – Christopher Columbus, on his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, arrived at the island of Trinidad. 1790 – The first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins for his process for making potash and pearl ashes. The substance

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Events, July 30th

1932 – Walt Disney’s “Flowers and Trees” premiered. It was the first Academy Award winning cartoon and first cartoon short to use Technicolor. 1942 – Frank Sinatra recorded the last of 90 recordings with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. 1945 –

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Events, July 27th

1694 – The Bank of England received a royal charter as a commercial institution. 1866 – Cyrus Field successfully completed the Atlantic Cable. It was an underwater telegraph from North America to Europe. 1909 – Orville Wright set a record

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Events, July 26th

1775 – A postal system was established by the 2nd Continental Congress of the United States. The first Postmaster General was Benjamin Franklin. 1881 – Thomas Edison and Patrick Kenny execute a patent application for a facsimile telegraph (U.S. Pat.

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Events, July 25th

1759 – British forces defeated a French army at Fort Niagara in Canada. 1805 – Aaron Burr visited New Orleans with plans to establish a new country, with New Orleans as the capital city. 1861 – The Crittenden Resolution, which

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