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This Day in History for August 11

This Day In History1866 – World’s 1st roller rink opens (Newport, Rhode Island)

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

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

1914 – John Wray patents animation.

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

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

1944 – US air raid on Palembang.

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

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

1956 – 1st flight 4-motor Cessna 620.

1971 – Construction begins on Louisiana Superdome.

1978 – Legionnaire’s disease bacteria isolated in Atlanta.

1988 – Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, NC, opens.

1989 – Voyager 2 discovers 2 partial rings of Neptune.

1991 – Shite Muslims release US hostage Edward Tracy.

1999 – The Salt Lake City tornado tears through the downtown district of the city, killing one.

2003 – NATO takes over control of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.

2009 – “Need You Now” album released by Lady Antebellum (Billboard Album of the Year 2010)

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

2016 – A Greenland shark declared oldest vertebrate animal in the world at 392 years by international team of scientists.

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