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Today in History

Tuesday, August 15th 2017


1620   The Mayflower departs England for the new world.

1877   Thomas Edison makes the first-ever recording. He records Mary Had a Little Lamb""."

1914   The Panama Canal first opens to traffic

1947   India gains its independence from the United Kingdom.

Famous Birthdays:

1769   Napolean Bonaparte (French Emperor)

1771   Sir Walter Scott (Poet)

1912   Julia Child (Chef)

1944   Linda Ellerbee (Journalist)

1968   Debra Messing (Actress)

1972   Ben Affleck (Actor)

1978   Kerri Walsh (Volleyball player)

1989   Joe Jonas (Singer and Actor)

1990   Jennifer Lawrence (Actress playing Katniss in The Hunger Games)


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