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On This Day August 26

On This Day in history:

1791- John Fitch is granted a United States patent for the steamboat

1858- First news dispatch by telegraph

1907- Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 seconds

1920- 19th Amendment to the US Constitution passes, woman are granted the right to vote.

1939- The first Major League Baseball game is telecast. It was a double header between
the Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, NY.

1946- George Orwell's novel "Animal Farm" is published in America.

1948- Alfred Hitchcock releases, "Rope."

1955- First color telecast on NBC of the Davis Cup tennis match.

1968- The Beatles' "Hey Jude" is released as a single in the United States.

1970- Jimi Hendrix's "Electric Lady Studio" opened in NYC.

1980- Death of Tex Avery, American cartoonist born in 1908.

BIRTHDAYS:
1845- Mary Ann Nichols, English victim of Jack the Ripper
1952- Michael Jeter, American actor
1956- Mark Mangino, American football coach
1989- James Harden, American basketball player

 
 
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