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This Day in History for August 13

1852 – Steamer “Atlantic” crossing Lake Erie from Buffalo to Detroit collided with a fishing boat, sinks with 250 aboard.

1889 – William Gray patents coin-operated telephone.

1898 – US forces under Admiral George Dewey captures Manila during Spanish-American War.

1907 – 1st taxicabs operate in New York City, imported by Harry N. Allen.

1914 – Carl Wickman begins Greyhound, the 1st US bus line, in Minnesota.

1923 – US Steel Corp initiates 8-hour work day.

1939 – NY Yankees set American League shutout margin with 21-0 victory over A’s.

1939 – Sabotage suspected in crash of ‘City of San Francisco’.

1944 – Allied Generals Bernard Montgomery, Miles Dempsey and Omar Bradley discuss a future breakthrough in the European theatre during World War II.

1950 – US President Harry Truman gives military aid to Vietnamese regime of Bao-Dai.

1953 – US President Dwight Eisenhower establishes Government Contract Compliance Committee.

1955 – Larry Doby ends American League record of 167 errorless games in outfield.

1963 – Warren Spahn sets left-hander strike our mark at 2,382.

1980 – Lou Brock is 14th to get 3,000 hits.

1989 – US space shuttle STS-28 lands.

1993 – US Court of Appeals rules congress must save all E-Mail.

1996 – Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 3.0.

2004 – Hurricane Charley, a category 4 storm strikes Punta Gorda, Florida and devastates the surrounding area.

2015 – US Government formally returns to France Picasso’s painting La Coiffeuse, stolen from Paris’ National Museum of Modern Art in 2001.

2015 – Swedish prosecutors announce they are dropping allegations against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of sexual molestation and coercion.

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