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This Day in History for August 13 – Berlin Divides Itself and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1878 – A yellow fever epidemic in Memphis eventually empties the city (More info)

1918 – Opha Mae Johnson becomes the first woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps (More info)

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This Day in History for August 12 – ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Premieres and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1851 – Isaac Singer patents the sewing machine (More info)

1898 – An Armistice ends the Spanish-American War (More info)

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This Day in Sports History — August 12

Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on August 12:

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This Day in History for August 11 – Inmates Arrive at Alcatraz and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1934 – The first civilian inmates arrive at the Federal prison on Alcatraz Island (More info)

1965 – The predominately black neighborhood of Watts in Los Angeles erupts in riots that last six days and leave 34 people dead (More info)

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This Day in Sports History — August 11

Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on August 11:

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Did Scientists Discover a New Human Species?

The cast of ‘Jersey Shore’ aside, there’s pretty much only one kind of human being these days — but according to a new scientific discovery, it may not have always been that way.

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This Day in History for August 9 – Sistine Chapel Opens and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1483 – The Sistine Chapel in Rome opens with a celebratory Mass (More info)

1930 – Betty Boop debuts in the cartoon ‘Dizzy Dishes’ (More info)

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This Day in History for August 7 – Purple Heart Created and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1782 – George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle; it is later renamed to the more poetic Purple Heart (More info)

1789 – The United States War Department, which later becomes the Department of Defense, is established (More info)

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