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This Day in History for August 26

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1791 – John Fitch granted US patent for his working steamboat.

1843 – Charles Thurber patents a typewriter.

1895 – Electric generator at Niagara Falls produces first power.

1907 – Harry Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 seconds.

1918 – W. Smith & F. Bacon’s “Lightnin” premieres in NYC.

1937 – Pumping to build Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay is finished.

1944 – US 12th Army Corps crosses river Seine East of Paris.

1952 – Fluoridation of San Francisco water begins.

1964 – LBJ nominated at Democratic convention in Atlantic City, NJ.

1967 – Dutch 2nd Chamber demands US stop bombing North Vietnam.

1971 – NY Giant football team announces they’re leaving Bronx for New Jersey in 1975.

1973 – University of Texas (Arlington) is first accredited school to offer belly dancing.

1980 – John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey’s Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada.

1986 – Robert Chambers, the “Preppie Killer” murders Jennifer Levin in New York City’s Central Park, afterwards claimed “rough sex” as motive.

1988 – Trumbull, Conn, is 1st US team since 1983 to win Little League World Series.

1990 – Bo Jackson hits 4th of 4 consecutive HRs.

1992 – Hurricane Andrew makes landfall in Louisiana as Category 3 storm after causing deaths and severe damage in Florida.

1996 – US President Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in welfare policy.

2003 – The Columbia Accident Investigation Board releases its final report on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

2011 – The 787 Dreamliner, Boeing’s all-new composite airliner, receives certification form the EASA and the FAA.

2015 – WDBJ TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward are fatally shot live on TV by an ex-colleague in Moneta, Virginia.

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