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On This Day: August 05th

This is 217th day of the year and 148 days remain in the year.

in history
1861
For the first time, the U.S. government levied an income tax.
1884
The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe's Island.
1914
The first electric traffic lights were installed in Cleveland, Ohio.
1962
1963
The United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union signed the limited Test Ban Treaty, which prohibited nuclear weapon tests in the atmosphere, in outer space, and underwater.
1969
The U.S. space probe Mariner 7 transmitted pictures of Mars.
1984
Joan Benoit won the first Olympic women's marathon.
2002
The gun turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor was raised from the ocean floor.
2003
The Rev. Gene Robinson was approved as the first openly gay bishop by the U.S. Episcopal Church.
2012
The plutonium-powered rover Curiosity successfully lands on Mars. Larger than earlier rovers, Curiosity will spend two years examining the land, looking for evidence that conditions on Mars are fit for life.
August 05 BirthdaysNeil Armstrong1930–2012, American astronaut born in Wapakoneta, Ohio. First man on the moon.
Patrick Ewingbasketball player
Guy de Maupassantauthor
John Hustonfilmmaker
Conrad Aikenauthor



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