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Thomas Charles Naudet, McGill University Libraries
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This Day in History for August 27 – Battle of Dresden and More

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

1813 – French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte defeats a larger force of Austrians, Russians, and Prussians at the Battle of Dresden (More info)

1859 – Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Penn., leading to the world’s first commercially successful oil well (More info)

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Huntington Library
Huntington Library
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This Day in History for August 24 – Mount Vesuvius Erupts and More

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

79 – Mount Vesuvius erupts, burying the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae in volcanic ash (More info)

1912 – Alaska becomes a United States territory (More info)

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Epsilon, Getty Images
Epsilon, Getty Images
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This Day in History for August 23 – Gaddafi Overthrown and More

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

1926 – Silent film star Rudolph Valentino dies from a ruptured ulcer at the age of 31, sending tens of thousands of fans into a hysterical state of mass mourning (More info)

1939 – Germany and the Soviet Union shock the world by signing the Hitler-Stalin Pact (More info)

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images
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This Day in History for August 22 – Red Cross Is Founded and More

565 – St. Columba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotland (More info)

1848 – The United States annexes New Mexico (More info)

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This Day in History for August 21 – Hawaii Becomes a State and More

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

1831 – Nat Turner leads black slaves in a rebellion (More info)

1858 – The famous debates between Sen. Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln begin (More info)

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Streeter Lecka, Getty Images
Streeter Lecka, Getty Images
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This Day in History for August 20 – NFL Founded and More

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

1866 – President Andrew Johnson formally declares an end to the Civil War (More info)

1920 – The National Football League is founded (More info)

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Three Lions, Getty Images
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This Day in History for August 15 – Woodstock Opens and More

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

1824 – Freed American slaves found Liberia (More info)

1914 – The Panama Canal opens to traffic (More info)

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Central Press, Getty Images
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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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Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images
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This Day in History for August 10 – Smithsonian Established and More

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

1793 – The Louvre officially opens in Paris (More info)

1846 – The Smithsonian Institution is chartered by the United States Congress (More info)

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images
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This Day in History for August 6 – Hiroshima Bombed and More

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

1890 – Murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair (More info)

1926 – Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping (More info)

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The White House
The White House
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This Day in History for August 3 – Calvin Coolidge Takes Office and More

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

1492 – Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain (More info)

1900 – The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company is founded (More info)

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MTV
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This Day in History for August 1 – MTV Debuts and More

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

1842 – The Lombard Street Riot erupts in Philadelphia (More info)

1914 – Germany declares war on Russia, launching World War I (More info)

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