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Today In History, August 23rd

1892 – The printed streetcar transfer was patented by John H. Stedman. 1904 – Hard D. Weed patented the grip-tread tire chain for cars. 1939 – Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty. 1959 – In the

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Today In History, August 22nd

1485 – The War of the Roses ended with the death of England’s King Richard III. He was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field. His successor was Henry VII. 1642 – The English Civil War began when Charles I

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Today In History, August 21st

1841 – A patent for Venetian blinds was issued to John Hampton. 1888 – The adding machine was patented by William Burroughs. 1923 – In Kalamazoo, Michigan, an ordinance was passed forbidding dancers from gazing into the eyes of their

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Today In History, August 20th

1741 – Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered Alaska. 1882 – Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” debuted in Moscow. 1940 – France fell to the Germans during World War II. 1945 – Tommy Brown (Brooklyn Dodgers) became the youngest player to hit

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Today In History, August 19th

August 19th: 1848 – The discovery of gold in California was reported by the New York Herald. 1856 – Gail Borden received a patent for his process of condensing milk by vacuum. 1917 – Team managers John McGraw and Christy

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Today In History, August 16th

1812 – Detroit fell to Indian and British troops in the War of 1812. 1829 – The “Siamese twins”, Chang and Eng Bunker, 18 years old and joined at the waist, arrived in Boston, Maine after coming to the Western

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Today In History, 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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Today In History, August 14th

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

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Today In History, 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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Today In History, August 12th

1851 – Isaac Singer was issued a patent on the double-headed sewing machine. 1865 – Disinfectant was used for the first time during surgery by Joseph Lister. 1877 – Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and made the first sound recording.

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Today In History, 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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Today In History, 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. 1900 – In Boston, the first Davis Cup

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Today In History, 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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Today In History, August 6th

1787 – At the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, debate began on the first draft of the U.S. Constitution. 1879 – The first Australian rules football game to be played at night took place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The game

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Today In History, 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 father-son pair

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