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1859 – 1st successful oil well drilled, near Titusville, Pennsylvania, by Edwin Drake.

1881 – Hurricane hits Florida & Carolinas; about 700 die.

1910 – Using twenty 137,000 candlepower arc lights, 2 amateur baseball teams play a night game at White Sox Park.

1918 – Spanish flu arrives in Boston, beginning of the second wave and deadliest wave in the US.

1921 – J.E. Clair of Acme Packing Co. of Green Bay granted an NFL franchise.

1928 – Kellogg-Briand Pact, 60 nations agree to condemn ‘recourse to war for the solution of international controversies’.

1939 – Erich Warsitz in a Heinkel He-178 makes the 1st manned jet-propelled flight.

1948 – 102 degrees F, highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in August.

1955 – “Guinness Book of World Records” 1st published.

1958 – Clark Griffith says Senators baseball team will probably accept offer to move to Minnesota.

1961 – Francis the Talking Mule is mystery guest on “What’s My Line”

1964 – Walt Disney’s “Mary Poppins” directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke premieres in Los Angeles.

1972 – US bombs Haiphong, North Vietnam.

1978 – Yankee Catfish Hunter’s 6-2 win gives him a perfect 6-0 in August 1978.

1984 – US President Ronald Reagan announces ‘Teacher in Space’ project.

1988 – Dodger Tommy Lasorda wins 1,000th game as manager, tops Philadelphia, 4-2.

1995 – 95th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Tiger Woods.

2003 – Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing 34,646,418 miles distant.

2006 – Comair Flight 5191 crashes on takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky, bound for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia killing 49 of 50 on board.

2014 – Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) calls the international response to Ebola “irresponsible” and “slow and derisory”.

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