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This Day in History for August 11

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

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

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

1919 – Green Bay Packers football club founded by George Calhoun and Curley Lambeau – named after sponsor Indian Packing Company.

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

1943 – US amphibians land at Brolo on north coast of Sicily.

1945 – Allies refuse Japan’s offer to surrender on the condition that Emperor Hirohito retains his status.

1950 – Hitting just .279, Yankee great Joe DiMaggio is benched for 1st time.

1951 – 100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois.

1956 – 1st flight 4-motor Cessna 620.

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

1966 – Last Beatle concert tour of US begins.

1970 – Jim Bunning becomes 2nd (Cy Young) to win 100 games in both leagues.

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

1974 – PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Tanglewood Park: Lee Trevino wins the first of his 2 PGA Championships, 1 stroke ahead of defending champion Jack Nichlaus.

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.

2008 – The US 4 X 100m freestyle replay team of Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones & Jason Lezak beats France by 8 seconds to win gold and smash world record at the Beijing Olympics.

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

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