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This Day in History For August 5

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1861 – US Army abolishes flogging.

1891 – World’s 1st traveler’s cheques issued by American Express.

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 (20.7s) his 3rd gold medal of the Berlin Olympics.

1944 – US troops occupy Vannes, Brittany.

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)

1954 – “American Bandstand” premieres on network TV (ABC)

1963 – Britain, USA and USSR sign nuclear test ban treaty.

1967 – Bobby Gentry releases her only hit “Ode to Billy Joe”

1969 – Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell smashes first and longest home run ever hit out of Dodger Stadium, the incomparable shot off Alan Foster, measures 506 feet.

1973 – Atlanta Braves pitcher Phil Niekro no-hits San Diego Padres, 9-0; first no-hitter for franchise in Atlanta.

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.

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

2001 – Cleveland Indians tie a MLB record in erasing a 12 run Seattle lead to win 15-14, also preventing the Mariners from reaching a record 117 season wins.

2011 – NASA launches its Juno space probe from Cape Canaveral ot orbit and study Jupiter.

2017 – UN Security Council votes to impose sanctions on North Korea for its continued missle program.

2018 – Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declares “now we are a land of droughts” as 99% of New South Ales affected.

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