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This Day in History for August 20 – NFL Founded and More

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

1866 – President Andrew Johnson formally declares an end to the Civil War (More info)

1920 – The National Football League is founded (More info)

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What Year Was It? [VIDEOS]

What year was it?

These songs were popular:

  • 'I Can’t Go For That' (Hall & Oates)
  • 'Centerfold' (J. Geils Band)
  • 'Ebony And Ivory' (Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder)

These events were taking place:

  • St. Louis Cardinals defeat Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 to win the World Series.
  • John W. Hinckley, Jr. is found not guilty because of insanity in the shooting of President Reagan.
  • M.R.I. diagnostic machines are introduced in Britain.

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What Year Was It? [VIDEOS]

What year was it?

These songs were hot:

  • 'Private Eyes' (Hall & Oates)
  • 'Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)' (Christopher Cross)
  • 'Endless Love' (Diana Ross & Lionel Richie)

These events were being talked about:

  • A first-class stamp cost 20 cents.
  • MRI machines are first used in Britain.
  • John Belushi, 33, dies of a drug overdose.

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What Year Was It? No Peeking! [VIDEOS]

What year was it?

These songs were being played:

These events were current:

  • Walter Cronkite announces his retirement from the CBS Evening News.
  • 'Dallas' is the top-rated TV show.
  • The average admission price for a movie ticket is $2.69.

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What Year Was It? No Cheating! [VIDEOS]

What year was it?

These songs were what people were listening to:

  • 'Good Lovin' (The Young Rascals)
  • 'Paperback Writer' (The Beatles)
  • 'The Sounds Of Silence' (Simon & Garfunkel)

These events were in the news:

  • 'Yesterday', the most recorded song in the history of pop music, is released by Paul McCartney in the first solo by a Beatle. The record label, however, still reads "Beatles".
  • CBS backs out of plans to broadcast 'Psycho', deeming the movie too violent for at-home viewing.
  • Insulin is first synthesized in China.

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What Year Was It? [VIDEOS]

What Year Was It?

These songs were on the radio:

  • 'Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)' (Looking Glass)
  • 'Let’s Stay Together' (Al Green)
  • 'I’ll Take You There' (The Staple Singers)

Events of the Year:

  • 'Sanford & Son' premieres on NBC.
  • “Ms” magazine hits newsstands.
  • Pong, the first commercial computer game, is created by Atari.

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What Year Was It? [VIDEOS]

What Year Was It?

These songs were being played on the radio:

  • 'I Will Survive' (Gloria Gaynor)
  • 'Tragedy' (Bee Gees)
  • 'What A Fool Believes' (Doobie Brothers)

These events were making headlines:

  • Pittsburgh defeats Baltimore to win the World Series.
  • 'The Dukes of Hazzard' premieres on CBS.
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer disband after 10 years together.

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This Day in History for August 6 – Hiroshima Bombed and More

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

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 2 – Hitler Becomes Fuhrer and More

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

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 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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This Day in History for July 17 – Disneyland Opens and More

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

1762 – Catherine II becomes tsar of Russia upon the murder of Peter III (More info)

1898 – Spain surrenders to the United States at Santiago, Cuba, ending the Spanish-American War (More info)

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