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This Day in History for August 11

1860 – US’s 1st successful silver mill (Virginia City, Nevada)

1874 – Harry S. Parmelee patents sprinkler head.

1885 – $100,000 raised in US for pedestal for Statue of Liberty.

1896 – Harvey Hubbell patents electric light bulb socket with a pull chain.

1909 – SOS 1st used by an American ship, Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, NC.

1914 – John Bray patents animation.

1924 – 1st newsreel pictures of US presidential candidates were taken.

1934 – 1st federal prisoners arrive at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay.

1950 – Boston Brave Vern Bickford no-hits Brooklyn Dodgers, 7-0.

1950 – Ethel Rosenberg testifies before grand jury on allegations of spying for the Soviet Union.

1963 – Kingston Trio are mystery guest on “What’s My Line?”

1969 – Don Drysdale, LA Dodger pitcher, retires because of damage to his right shoulder.

1971 – Construction begins on Louisiana Superdome.

1972 – “Cheech & Chong Day” in San Antonio, Texas.

1975 – US vetoes proposed admission of North & South Vietnam to UN.

1978 – Legionnaire’s disease bacteria isolated in Atlanta.

1984 – During a radio voice test, US President Reagan jokes he “signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes”.

1991 – Wilson Alvarez hurls a no-hitter in his 1st big league start.

2015 – Largest ever outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York – 12 dead, with over 100 cases in the South Bronx.

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