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    What Happened This Day In History

    Today in History
    August 7

    1782 General George Washington authorizes the award of the Purple Heart for soldiers wounded in combat.
    1864 Union troops capture part of Confederate General Jubal Early's army at Moorefield, West Virginia.
    1888 Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia receives a patent for the revolving door.
    1906 In North Carolina, a mob defies a court order and lynches three African Americans which becomes known as "The Lyerly Murders."
    1916 Persia forms an alliance with Britain and Russia.
    1922 The Irish Republican Army cuts the cable link between the United States and Europe at Waterville landing station.
    1934 In Washington, the U.S. Court of Appeals rules that the govenment can neither confiscate nor ban James Joyce's novel Ulysses.
    1936 The United States declares non-intervention in the Spanish Civil War.
    1942 The U.S. 1st Marine Division under General A. A. Vandegrift lands on the islands of Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon islands. This is the first American amphibious landing of the war.
    1944 German forces launch a major counter attack against U.S. forces near Mortain, France.
    1964 Congress overwhelmingly passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, allowing the president to use unlimited military force to prevent attacks on U.S. forces.
    1966 The United States loses seven planes over North Vietnam, the most in the war up to this point.
    1971 Apollo 15 returns to Earth. The mission to the moon had marked the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle.
    1973 A U.S. plane accidentally bombs a Cambodian village, killing 400 civilians.
    1976 US Viking 2 spacecraft goes into orbit around Mars.
    1981 The Washington (D.C.) Star ceases publication after 128 years.
    1984 Japan defeats the United States to win the Olympic Gold in baseball.
    1987 Presidents of five Central American nations sign a peace accord in Guatemala.
    1990 Operation Desert Shield begins as US troops deploy to Saudi Arabia to discourage Iraq's Saddam Hussein from invading that country as he had Kuwait.
    2007 Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks Hank Aaron's record with his 756th home run. Bonds' accomplishments were clouded by allegations of illegal steroid use and lying to a grand jury.

    Born on August 7

    1876 Mata Hari, [Margaretha G. Macleod] who passed secrets to the Germans in World War I.
    1903 Louis Leakey, anthropologist, archeologist and paleontologist, believed Africa was the cradle of mankind.
    1904 Ralph Bunche, U.S. diplomat and the first African-American Nobel Prize winner.
    1927 Edwin Edwards, governor of Louisiana.
    1932 Abebe Bikila, barefoot runner from Ethiopia, winner of the 1960 Olympic marathon.
    1942 Garrison Keillor, American humorist and writer, creator of the long-running PBS program A Prairie Home Companion.
    1950 Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight," "Ain't Living Long Like This") and author (Chinaberry Sidewalks) Rodney Crowell.
    1963 Patrick Kennedy, son of President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy; dies 39 hours later.
    1966 Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia.
    1975 Charlize Theron, model and Academy Award-winning actress (Monster).
    What I once considered boring, I now consider paradise.

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    Today in History
    August 8

    1306 King Wenceslas of Poland is murdered.
    1570 Charles IX of France signs the Treaty of St. Germain, ending the third war of religion and giving religious freedom to the Huguenots.
    1636 The invading armies of Spain, Austria and Bavaria are stopped at the village of St.-Jean-de-Losne, only 50 miles from France.
    1648 Ibrahim, the sultan of Istanbul, is thrown into prison, then assassinated.
    1786 Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michael-Gabriel Baccard become the first men to climb Mont Blanc in France.
    1844 Brigham Young is chosen to head the Mormon Church, succeeding Joseph Smith.
    1863 Confederate President Jefferson Davis refuses General Robert E. Lee's resignation.
    1876 Thomas Edison patents the mimeograph.
    1899 The first household refrigerating machine is patented.
    1925 The first national congress of the Ku Klux Klan opens.
    1937 The Japanese Army occupies Beijing.
    1940 The German Luftwaffe attacks Great Britain for the first time, begining the Battle of Britain.
    1942 U.S. Marines capture the Japanese airstrip on Guadalcanal.
    1944 U.S. forces complete the capture of the Marianas Islands.
    1945 The Soviet Union declares war on Japan.
    1950 U.S. troops repel the first North Korean attempt to overrun them at the battle of Naktong Bulge, which continued for 10 days.
    1963 England's "Great Train Robbery;" 2.6 million pounds ($7.3 million) is stolen
    1974 President Richard Nixon resigns from the presidency as a result of the Watergate scandal.
    1978 Pioneer-Venus 2 launched to probe the atmosphere of Venus.
    1979 Iraq's president Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents.
    1983 Brigadier General Efrain Rios Montt is deposed as president of Guatemala in the country's second military coup in 17 months.
    1988 Angola, Cuba and South Africa sign cease-fire treaty in the border war that began in 1966.
    1989 NASA Space Shuttle Columbia begins its eighth flight, NASA's 30th shuttle mission.
    1990 Iraq annexes the state of Kuwait as its 19th province, six days after Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait.
    2000 Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley raised to surface, 136 years after it sank following its successful attack on USS Housatonic in the outer harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.
    2007 An EF2 tornado hits Brooklyn, New York, the first in that borough since 1889.
    2008 Georgia invades South Ossetia, touching off a five-day war between Georgia and Russia.

    Born on August 8

    1865 Matthew A. Henson, explorer with Robert Peary who first reached the North Pole (Though some recent scholarship disputes this claim).
    1883 Emilano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary leader.
    1896 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling.
    1901 Ernest Orlando Lawrence, inventor of the cyclotron and winner of the 1939 Nobel Prize for physics.
    1908 Arthur J. Goldburg, labor lawyer instrumental in the merger of the Amercian Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.
    1937 Dustin Hoffman, American actor.
    1948 Svetlana Y Savitskaya, Soviet cosmonaut, the first woman to walk in space (July 25, 1984).
    1964 M. Ashman, author, co-editor of Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey, and a founding member of TED Global, the international organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.
    What I once considered boring, I now consider paradise.

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    Today in History
    August 9

    480 BC The Persian army defeats Leonidas and his Spartan army at the battle Thermopylae, Persia.
    48 BC Julius Caesar defeats Gnaius Pompey at Pharsalus.
    1483 Pope Sixtus IV celebrates the first mass in the Sistine Chapel, which is named in his honor.
    1549 England declares war on France.
    1645 Settlers in New Amsterdam gain peace with the Indians after conducting talks with the Mohawks.
    1805 Austria joins Britain, Russia, Sweden and the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia in the third coalition against France.
    1814 Andrew Jackson and the Creek Indians sign the Treaty of Fort Jackson, giving the whites 23 million acres of Creek territory.
    1842 The Webster-Ashburn treaty fixes the border between Maine and Canada's New Brunswick.
    1859 The escalator is patented. However, the first working escalator appeared in 1900. Manufactured by the Otis Elevator Company for the Paris Exposition, it was installed in a Philadelphia office building the following year.
    1862 At Cedar Mountain, Virginia, Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson repels an attack by Union forces.
    1910 The first complete, self-contained electric washing machine is patented.
    1930 First appearance of the animated character Betty Boop ("Dizzy Dishes").
    1936 Jesse Owens wins four gold medals in track and field events at the Berlin Olympics.
    1941 President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill meet at Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. The meeting produces the Atlantic Charter, an agreement between the two countries on war aims, even though the United States is still a neutral country.
    1944 Fictional character Smokey the Bear ("Only you can prevent forest fires") created by US Forest Service and the Ad Council.
    1945 The B-29 bomber Bock's Car drops a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.
    1965 Singapore expelled from Malaysia following economic disagreements and racial tensions; becomes independent republic.
    1969 Charles Manson's followers kill actress Sharon Tate and her three guests in her Beverly Hills home.
    1971 Le Roy (Satchel) Paige inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame.
    1974 Gerald Ford is sworn in as president of the United States after the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
    1975 First NFL game in Louisiana Superdome; Houston Oilers defeat New Orleans Saints 13-7.
    1979 England's first major nude beach established, at the seaside resort of Brighton.
    1992 Twenty-fifth Olympic Summer Games closes in Barcelona, Spain.
    1999 Russian president Boris Yeltsin fires his prime minister and, for the fourth time, fires the entire cabinet.
    1999 The Diet of Japan establishes the country's official national flag, the Hinomaru, and national anthem, "Kimi Ga Yo.".

    Born on August 9

    1387 Henry V, British king famous for his victory at Agincourt, France.
    1631 John Dryden, the first official Poet Laureate of Great Britain (1668 to1700).
    1633 Isaak Walton, author of the classic The Compleat Angler.
    1896 Jean Piaget, psychologist who did pioneering work on the development of children"s intellectual faculties.
    1899 P.L. Travers, author of the Mary Poppins books.
    1927 Robert Shaw, actor and writer.
    1928 Bob Cousey, Hall of Fame basketball player and coach of the Boston Celtics.
    1933 Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Japanese actress and bestselling children's author (Totto-chan, the Little Girl at the Window); established Japan's first TV talk show, Tetsuko no Heya (Tetsuko's Room), breaking with traditional subservient depiction of Japanese women.
    1945 Ken Norton, heavyweight boxing champ.
    1945 Rosemary Elizabeth "Posy" Simmonds, award-winning British newspaper cartoonist (The Silent Three, Gemma Bovery, Tamara Drewe) and author / illustrator of children's books (Fred, The Chocolate Wedding).
    1957 Melanie Griffith, film and TV actress (Working Girl, Milk Money).
    1958 Amanda Bearse, film and TV actress (Married with Children).
    1961 Amy Stiller, stand-up comedian, film and TV actress (Little Fokkers, The King of Queens).
    1963 Whitney Houston, model, singer ("Saving All My Love for You"), actress (The Bodyguard); listed in 2009 Guinness World Records as most awarded female act of all time.
    1964 Hoda Kotb, Daytime Emmy-winning TV news anchor and host.
    1968 Gillian Anderson, film and TV actress (The X-Files).
    1970 Chris Cuomo, TV journalist and anchor.
    1983 Ashley Johnson, film (The Help) and TV actress (Growing Pains), video game voiceovers (The Last of Us).
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    What company made the first washing machine? can not believe how people made it to 1910 with out a washer
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfrank View Post
    can not believe how people made it to 1910 with out a washer
    They weren't washers as we think of them -- they washed, but didn't spin the clothes, so all the clothes would have to be run through the wringer. Also known as a mangler, for good reason -- the early electrical ones, particularly, could cause serious damage if someone's fingers got caught in them (pretty easy to do, since you have to arrange the clothes just so to go through). And even after they were invented, electricity wasn't common nationwide until the 1930s -- my dad remembers the excitement of getting electricity out to the farm when he was a kid.

    My mom's mom thought wringer washers were better than more modern ones. After my grandpa died, my grandmother still had the modern washer, but tracked down a wringer washer and used that until she was in the nursing home. My aunt lived across the street and thought grandma was too old to be working that hard (sopping wet clothes are heavy!), but my aunt didn't like working with the wringer (it was safe in the sense that it wouldn't break your fingers, but it could still pinch), and grandma didn't think she put the clothes through right anyhow, so while the washer didn't whirl, the two of them would go round and round about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faust View Post
    Now that is a 1926 maytag washer a dryer and a presser all in one. That has to sell for at least double the price as it was when it was new.
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    Today in History
    August 12

    1099 At the Battle of Ascalon 1,000 Crusaders, led by Godfrey of Bouillon, route an Egyptian relief column heading for Jerusalem, which had already fallen to the Crusaders.
    1687 At the Battle of Mohacs, Hungary, Charles of Lorraine defeats the Turks.
    1762 The British capture Cuba from Spain after a two month siege.
    1791 Black slaves on the island of Santo Domingo rise up against their white masters.
    1812 British commander the Duke of Wellington occupies Madrid, Spain, forcing out Joseph Bonaparte.
    1863 Confederate raider William Quantrill leads a massacre of 150 men and boys in Lawrence, Kansas.
    1864 After a week of heavy raiding, the Confederate cruiser Tallahassee claims six Union ships captured.
    1896 Gold is discovered near Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. After word reaches the United States in June of 1897, thousands of Americans head to the Klondike to seek their fortunes.
    1898 The Spanish American War officially ends after three months and 22 days of hostilities.
    1908 Henry Ford's first Model T rolls off the assembly line.
    1922 The home of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C. is dedicated as a memorial.
    1935 President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Social Security Bill.
    1941 French Marshal Henri Philippe Petain announces full French collaboration with Nazi Germany.
    1961 The erection of the Berlin Wall begins, preventing access between East and West Germany.
    1969 American installations at Quan-Loi, Vietnam, come under Viet Cong attack.
    1972 As U.S. troops leave Vietnam, B-52's make their largest strike of the war.
    1977 Steven Biko, leader of the black consciousness movement in South Africa, is arrested.
    1977 Space shuttle Enterprise makes its first free flight and landing.
    1978 Tel al-Zaatar massacre at Palestinian refuge camp during Lebanese Civil War.
    1979 Massive book burnings by press censors begin in Iran.
    1981 Computer giant IBM introduces its first personal computer.
    1985 Highest in-flight death toll as 520 die when Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes into Mount Takamagahara.
    1992 The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is concluded between the United States, Canada and Mexico, creating the world's wealthiest trade bloc.
    2000 Russian Navy submarine K-141 Kursk explodes and sinks with all hands during military exercises in the Bering Sea.
    2005 An LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) sniper mortally wounds Sri Lanka's foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, at the minister's home.
    2012 Summer Olympics come to a close in London.

    Born on August 12

    1762 George IV, named Prince Regent in 1810 when his father, George III, is declared insane.
    1774 Robert Southey, English poet laureate (1813-1843).
    1781 Robert Mills, architect and engineer whose designs include the Washington Monument, the National Portrait Gallery and the U.S. Treasury Building.
    1859 Katherine Bates, composer of "America the Beautiful."
    1881 Cecil B. DeMille, American film director, producer and screenwriter, famous for epic productions.
    1889 Zerna Sharp, creator and co-author, with William S. Gray, of the Dick and Jane reading primer series.
    1911 Cantinflas, Mexican circus clown, acrobat and actor.
    1925 Norris and Ross McWhirter, wrote and updated Guinness Book of World Records, 1955–1975; following Ross' assassination by the IRA, Norris continued writing and updating the Guinness Book until 1985.
    1927 Ralph Waite, actor (The Waltons, Roots).
    1927 Porter Wagoner, country singer, TV show host.
    1929 Buck Owens, country singer, a leader in establishing the "Bakersfield Sound.".
    1936 Vice-Admiral John Poindexter, Security Adviser to Pres. Ronald Reagan (Dec 1985–Nov 1986); convicted on 5 felonies arising from the Iran/Contra affair, but the convictions were overturned on appeal.
    1937 Walter Dean Myers, award-winning author of books for young readers (Hoops, The Scorpion).
    1939 George Hamilton, Golden Globe-winning actor (Crime & Punishment, USA), producer (Love at First Bite).
    1954 Pat Metheny, multiple-award winning jazz guitarist, including unprecedented 7 Grammys for 7 consecutive recordings.
    What I once considered boring, I now consider paradise.

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    Today in History
    August 13

    1521 Cortes captures the city of Tenochtitlan, Mexico, and sets it on fire.
    1630 Emperor Ferdinand II dismisses Albert Eusebius van Wallenstein, his most capable general.
    1680 War starts when the Spanish are expelled from Santa Fe, New Mexico, by Indians under Chief Pope.
    1704 The Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Austria defeat the French Army at the Battle of Blenheim.
    1787 The Ottoman Empire declares war on Russia.
    1862 Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest defeats a Union army under Thomas Crittenden at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
    1881 The first African-American nursing school opens at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.
    1889 The first coin-operated telephone is patented by William Gray.
    1892 The first issue of the Afro American newspaper is published in Baltimore, Maryland.
    1898 Manila, the capital of the Philippines, falls to the U.S. Army.
    1910 British nurse Florence Nightingale, famous for her care of British soldiers during the Crimean War, dies.
    1932 Adolf Hitler refuses to serve as Franz Von Papen's vice chancellor.
    1948 During the Berlin Airlift, the weather over Berlin becomes so stormy that American planes have their most difficult day landing supplies. They deem it 'Black Friday.'
    1961 Construction begins on Berlin Wall during the night.
    1963 A 17 year-old Buddhist monk burns himself to death in Saigon, South Vietnam.
    1978 Bomb attack in Beirut during Second Lebanese Civil War kills more than 150 people.
    1989 The wreckage of a plane that carried U.S. congressman Mickey Leland and others on a humanitarian mission is found on a mountain side in Ethiopia; there are no survivors.
    1993 US Court of Appeals rules Congress must save all emails.

    Born on August 13

    1655 Johann Christoph Denner, inventor of the clarinet.
    1818 Lucy Stone, woman's rights activist, founder of Woman's Journal.
    1860 Phoebe Anne Moses, later known as Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter and entertainer.
    1899 Alfred Hitchcock, director of over 50 films including Rebecca, Rear Window, Psycho and North by Northwest.
    1902 Felix Wankel, inventory of the rotary engine which bears his name.
    1912 Ben Hogan, American golfer.
    1916 Daniel Schorr, radio and television correspondent.
    1926 Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary leader and president.
    1930 Don Ho, Hawaii's best-known musician and singer ("Tiny Bubbles").
    1933 Jocelyn Elders, first African American US Surgeon General (Sept 1993–Dec 1994).
    1940 Ann Armstrong Daily, founder of Children's Hospice international.
    1942 Robert Lee Stewart, US Army brigadier general and astronaut.
    1951 Dan Fogelberg, multiple-platinum singer-songwriter.
    1952 Herb Ritts, photographer who revolutionized fashion photography in the 1980s and created many iconic photos of celebrities.
    What I once considered boring, I now consider paradise.

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