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In History

Information about a few dates in history.

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August 28, 2014

1996 - Princess Diana and Charles, Prince of Wales, finalize their divorce after a four year separation.
1991 - The collapse of the Soviet Union begins with the resignation of the General Secretary of the Communist Party.
1987 - Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt passes Ted Williams & Willie McCovey with 522nd HR.
1964 - The Philadelphia race riot begins and spreads.
1937 - The popular car brand, Toyota Motors, becomes an independent company.
1917 - While picketing the White House, 10 suffragettes were arrested.
1907 - United Parcel Service founded.
1898 - A carbonated soft drink is invented by Caleb Bradham - it is later named Pepsi-Cola.
1609 - English explorer Henry Hudson begins his exploration (for the Dutch) of Delaware Bay.


for every gallon of sea water, you get more than a quarter pound of salt.

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August 27, 2014

2004 - U.S. men's Olympic basketball team depleted by security concerns, loses to Puerto Rico.
2003 - In nearly 60,000 years, Mars makes its closest approach to Earth.
1993 - The half-mile long Rainbow Bridge in Japan is completed.
1991 - The programming language Java, is released to the public for the first time - allowing websites to offer games to its users.
1985 - Major General Ibrahim Babangida peacefully overthrows the Nigerian government.
1975 - The governor of Portuguese, Timor, flees the capital and a rebel group takes charge.
1957 - Malaysia constitution is enforced.
1955 - Twins Norris & Ross McWhirter first publish the "Guinness Book of World Records".
1939 - The world's first jet aircraft, Heinkel He 178, took its first flight.



a blue whale's heart is the size of a Volkswagen Beetle.

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August 26, 2014

2011 - Boeing 787 Dreamliner certified.
1970 - Nationwide Women's strike for Equality.
1948 - Heat wave: temperatures hit 108 degrees in Philadelphia and New York City.
1946 - Two years after completion, "Animal Farm" by George Orwell finally published.
1944 - In WW2, Charles de Gaulle enters Paris.
1902 - Conrad Hubert is awarded patent number 737,107 - for a flashlight with an on/off switch.
1821 - In Argentina the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina opens.
1818 - Illinois becomes 21st state.



the oldest pig in the world lived to the age of 68.

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August 25, 2014

2011 - Berkshire Hathaway announces plans to invest $5 billion in Bank of America.
1989 - Japan elects their first female cabinet secretary, Mayumi Moriyama.
1986 - Oakland A's slugger Mark McGwire bashes his first ever major league home run.
1981 - The closest approach to Saturn is done by the Voyager 2 spacecraft.
1975 - Bruce Springsteen releases the album "Born To Run," which becomes a worldwide hit.
1944 - Following the brutal battle of D-Day, the Liberation of Paris takes place.
1916 - The United States National Park Service (NPS), which is an agency of the Department of the Interior, is created.
1912 - The Chinese nationalist party, the Kuomintang (the oldest party of the Republic of China), is founded; headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan.
1825 - South American country, Uruguay, declares independence from Brazil; this act was supported by neighboring province Argentina.



Jericho is the oldest walled city in the world = 9,000 years old.


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August 22, 2014

2007 - Rangers score 30 runs against Orioles - most runs scored by a team in MLB history.
1996 - Welfare Reform is signed into law by Bill Clinton.
1989 - Neptune's first ring is discovered.
1978 - In Nicaragua, the Frente Sandinista de Liberacion [FSLN] occupies national palace.
1968 - Cynthia Powell (Julian Lennon's mother) files for divorce from John Lennon.
1952 - Located off the shore of South America, Devil's Island is closed.
1902 - The automobile brand, Cadillac Motor Company, is founded.
1902 - The first U.S. president to ride in an automobile is Theodore Roosevelt.
1895 - Thomas Edison is responsible for a breakthrough when he creates the first sound movies - the movies, however, are unsynchronized.


Istanbul, Turkey is the only city in the world located on two continents.

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August 21, 2014

2000 - Tiger Wins 3rd major tournament; 1st to accomplish this since Ben Hogan in 1953.
1993 - The Mars observer spacecraft loses contact with NASA and is lost.
1992 - In Idaho, the Ruby Ridge Standoff occurs.
1980 - Linda Ronstadt opens in "Pirates of Penzance" on Broadway.
1911 - A Louvre employee steals the Mona Lisa.
1897 - The Oldsmobile company is founded .
1888 - The first adding machine in U.S. is patented by William Seward Burroughs.
1821 - Captain Brown and his crew discover Jarvis Island.



in 1982, a high school student from Los Angeles, California unscrambled the Rubik's Cube in 22.95 seconds.

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August 20, 2014

1998 - Quebec is not allowed to legally secede from Canada because it needs Federal approval.
1991 - Dan Marino becomes highest paid NFL player ever - signing a 5 year $25 million deal.
1965 - The Rolling Stones release the song "Satisfaction," their 1st number 1 hit in the U.S.
1960 - The country of Senegal becomes independent from the Mali Federation.
1940 - Russian exile, Leon Trotsky is wounded with an axe by Ramon Mercader & dies next day.
1920 - The first commercial radio station is introduced in Detroit, Michigan.
1882 - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow.
1866 - The American Civil War is formally declared over by President Andrew Johnson.
1000 - Stephen I of Hungary founds the state and Christian Kingdom, Hungary.



the world's smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand, weighing less than a penny.

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August 19, 2014

2004 - Google goes public with share prices at $85 a share. Google uses a unique online auction format to allow investors to purchase shares.
1969 - Matthew Perry (who plays Chandler Bing on the sitcom "Friends") is born.
1945 - Under the control of Ho Chi Minh, the Viet Minh (also known as League for the Independence of Vietnam) takes power in Hanoi, Vietnam.
1940 - The B-25 Mitchell medium bomber had it's first flight.
1919 - Afghanistan gains independence from the United Kingdom.
1909 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway held its first races over a 3-day period.
1848 - News about the Gold Rush in California is broke to those on the east coast in the New York Herald.
1818 - Oregon Territory is taken possession of & incorporated into U.S. by James Biddle.
0043 B.C. - Octavian, also known as Augustus Caesar, convinces Senate to elect him Consul.


pollen can travel up to 500 miles in a day.

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August 18, 2014

2011 - Gold hits all-time high price at $1,826 per ounce.
2009 - Brett Favre signs a two-year $25 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings.
1982 - LA Dodgers defeat Chicago Cubs after 21 innings of play that started previous day.
1971 - During the Vietnam war, Australia and New Zealand withdraw their troops from Vietnam.
1963 - Attending the University of Mississippi, James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from college.
1958 - The controversial novel 'Lolita' is published in the U.S.
1920 - Women's suffrage became guaranteed with the ratification of 19th amendment.
1868 - Helium is discovered by French astronomer Pierre Jules Cesar Janssen.
1201 - The city Riga, Latvia - known for Viking trade, is founded by Bishop Albert.



in a year, the average person walks four miles to make his or her bed.



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