1831—Michael Faraday demonstrates 1st electric transformer.
1854—Self-governing windmill patented (Daniel Halladay)
1862—US Bureau of Engraving & Printing begins operation.
1889—1st American International professional lawn tennis contest (Newport, RI)
1898—The Goodyear tire company is founded.
1904—1st Olympics in US are held (St. Louis)
1906—William J. Clothier wins the US Tennis Open.
1916—Congress creates US Naval Reserve.
1925—After a night on the town, Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice. Miller Huggins suspends Ruth and slaps a $5,000 fine on him.
1932—United Cigar Stores shuts 800 shops.
1952—New York premiere of history-based film “The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima”
1958—US Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, Colo.
1962—US U-2 flight sees SAM launch pads in Cuba.
1964—Walt Disney’s “Mary Poppins” directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke is released.
1965—Willie Mays sets NL record for HRs in a month with his 17th of August.
1967—Final TV episode of “The Fugitive”
1968—Democrats nominate Hubert Humphrey for US president (Chicago)
1979—Sheridan Broadcasting Corp purchases Mutual Black Network.
1987—Nolan Ryan passes the 200-strikeout barrier for record 11th time.
1990—Saddam Hussein declares America can’t beat Iraq.
2004—28th Olympic Games closes at Athens, Greece.
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