This Week in History

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Aug 07, 1947
Wood raft makes 4,300-mile voyage
Aug 08, 1974
US President Nixon resigns
Aug 09, 1974
Unusual succession makes Ford president
Aug 10, 1846
Smithsonian Institution created
Aug 11, 1934
Federal prisoners land on Alcatraz
Aug 12, 1990
Skeleton of Tyrannosaurus Rex discovered
Aug 13, 1961
Berlin Wall divides City

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Wood raft makes 4,300-mile voyage, 1947
American Revolution
Washington creates the Purple Heart, 1782
Volkswagen halts production during World War II, 1944
Civil War
Confederate General Evander Law is born, 1836
Cold War
Congress passes Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, 1964
Georgia institutes a State Board of Corrections, 1945
Mysterious explosions in Colombia, 1956
General Interest
Teddy Roosevelt nominated as Bull Moose candidate, 1912
U.S. satellite photographs earth, 1959
U.S. embassies in East Africa bombed, 1998
Trapped Russian sub rescued, 2005
Actress Charlize Theron born, 1975
Henry Fielding leaves London for Lisbon, 1754
A free concert by Garth Brooks draws the last "six-figure crowd" to New York City's Central Park, 1997
Old West
Astronomer impresses Indians with eclipse, 1869
Bush orders Operation Desert Shield, 1990
Lynne Cox swims into communist territory, 1987
Vietnam War
Tonkin Gulf Resolution is passed, 1964
North Vietnam and People's Republic of China sign aid agreement, 1967
World War I
Battle of Mulhouse begins , 1914
World War II
U.S. forces invade Guadalcanal, 1942