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This Day in History for August 26

This Day In History1791 – John Fitch granted US patent for his working steamboat.

1843 – Charles Thurber patents a typewriter.

1873 – First free kindergarten in the U.S. started by Susan Blow in Carondelet, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri.

1895 – Electric generator at Niagara Falls produces first power.

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

1935 – CCC camp opens in Breckville Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks.

1939 – 1st major league baseball telecast-Reds beat Brooklyn Dodgers (W2XBS, NY).

1947 – 1st black baseball pitcher Don Bankhead (Hit a HR on 1st at bat).

1951 – “An American in Paris” with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnell and starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (Academy Awards Best Picture 1952).

1959 – British Motors Corporation introduced the Morris Mini-Minor, designed by Alec Issigonis it was only 10 ft. long but seated 4 passengers.

1968 – “Hey Jude” single released by the Beatles (Billboard 10th biggest song of all time 2013).

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

1985 – Baltimore Oriole Eddie Murray knocks in 9 RBIs in a game vs California Angels.

1989 – Trumbull, Conn, is 1st US team since 1983 to win Little League World Series.

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

2003 – The Columbia Accident Investigation Board releases it final reports on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

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

2012 – 15 year-old New Zealand golfer, Lydia Ko, becomes the youngest LPGA Tour event winner and the first amateur winner since 1969.

2014 – Burger King agrees to purchase Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons for $11.1 billion.

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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