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This Day in History for August 5

1812 – War of 1812: Tecumseh’s Native American force ambushes Thomas Van Horne’s 200 Americans at Brownstone Creek, causing them to flee and retreat.

1946 – Oregon territory divided between US & Britain at 49th parallel.

1861 – President Lincoln signs the 1st US personal Income Tax into law (3% of incomes over $800)

1905 – First meeting of the Russian and Japanese peace commissioners takes place in US President Theodore Roosevelt’s home at Oyster Bay, New York.

1914 – 1st electric traffic light installed in the USA on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.

1924 – “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip by Harold Gray is 1st published in the New York Daily News.

1936 – American athlete Jesse Owens wins 200m in world record time (20.7), his 3rd gold medal of the Berlin Olympics.

1944 – US 79th/90th division occupy Laval/Mayenne.

1953 – “From Here to Eternity” based on book by James Jones, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1954)

1957 – “American Bandstand” premieres on network TV (ABC)

1962 – Britain, USA and USSR sign nuclear test ban treaty.

1964 – US begins bombing North Vietnam.

1972 – Detroit Tigers shortstop Ed Brinkman commits an error ending record streak of 72 games & 331 total chances without a misplay.

1974 – US President Richard Nixon admits he withheld information about Watergate break-in.

1981 – US President Ronald Reagan fires 11,500 striking air traffic controllers.

1982 – PGA Championship, Southern Hills CC: Raymond Floyd fires an opening round 9-under-par 63, tying the tournament 18-hole record.

1992 – 4 officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, acquitted on charges of beating Rodney King, are indicted on civil rights charges.

2000 – Moni Maker wins the $500,000 Nat Ray at the Meadowlands in world record 1:52.1 to become harness racing’s first $5m stakes earner.

2005 – Warren Moon becomes the first black quarterback to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio: joined by Troy Aikman, John Madden, Rayfield Wright, Harry Carson and Reggie White.

2010 – Group led by Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan & Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg is confirmed as winning bidder in court ordered auction of Texas Rangers MLB franchise (value $593m)

2019 – July 2019 confirmed as world’s hottest-ever-month recorded according to Europe’s Copernicus Programme.

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