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This Day in History for August 23

1850 – 1st US National Women’s Rights Convention convenes in Worchester, Massachusetts.

1869 – 1st carload of rail freight (boots & shoes) arrive in San Francisco, from Boston after a 16-day trip.

1872 – 1st Japanese commercial ship visits Sn Francisco, carrying tea.

1904 – Automobile tire chain patented.

1920 – Mary Roberts Rinehart & Avery Roberts play “The Bat” based on Reinhart’s novel “The Circular Staircase” premieres on Broadway in New York.

1931 – Philadelphia A’s Lefty Grove, loses 1-0 (Browns) after winning 16 straight.

1936 – 17 year-old Bob Feller’s 1st game, he strikes out 15 St. Louis Browns.

1942 – 1st US flights to land on Guadalcanal.

1944 – British General Bernard Montgomery consults with US Generals Omar Bradley and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

1944 – US B-24 crashes into school in Freckelton, England, 76 killed.

1954 – First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.

1963 – Ringo admits he wrote a song “Don’t Pass Me By”

1990 – US begins call up of 46,000 reservists to the Persian Gulf.

1993 – NY Dow Jones Index reaches record high of 3,638.96 points.

1995 – Indians’ Jose Mesa sets record with his 38th consecutive save.

1996 – Osama bin Laden issues message entitled “A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places”

2005 – Hurricane Katrina forms over the Bahamas, later becoming a category 5 hurricane.

2007 – Hashtag invented and first used in a tweet by US product designer Chris Messina.

2011 – 5.8 earthquake occurs in Mineral, Virginia felt as far north as Ontario and as far south as Atlanta, Georgia.

2015 – English Indy driver Justin Wilson suffers a head injury during a race crash at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

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