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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

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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

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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

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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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This Day in History for July 16 – Apollo 11 Launches and More

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

1790 – The District of Columbia is established as the capital of the United States (More info)

1969 – The first manned space mission to land on the Moon, Apollo 11, launches (More info)

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This Day in History for July 15 – BP Finally Caps Blown Oil Well and More

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

1799 – The Rosetta Stone is found (More info)

1870 – Georgia becomes the last of the former Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union (More info)

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This Day in History for July 14 – Storming of Bastille and More

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

1789 – The storming and destruction of Bastille marks the beginning of the French Revolution (More info)

1798 – The Sedition Act becomes law, making it a federal crime to write, publish or utter false or malicious statements about the U.S. government (More info)

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This Day in History for July 13 – Hollywood Sign Dedication and More

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

1863 – In New York City, opponents of the draft begin three days of rioting which will be later regarded as the worst in U.S. history (More info)

1923 – The Hollywood sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Los Angeles; it originally reads Hollywoodland but the four last letters are dropped after a 1949 renovation (More info)

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This Day in History for July 9 – President Zachary Taylor Dies and More

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

1850 – Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the U.S., dies of cholera after only 16 months in office (More info)

1868 – The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing African-Americans full citizenship and all persons in the United States due process of law (More info)

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This Day in History for July 8 – Liberty Bell Rings and More

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

1776 – The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence happens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after which the Liberty Bell is rung (More info)

1777 – Vermont becomes the first colony to abolish slavery (More info)

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This Day in History for July 5 – The Bikini Debuts and More

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

1865 – The Salvation Army is founded in London (More info)

1937 – The luncheon meat SPAM is introduced by the Hormel Foods Corporation (More info)

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