August 13: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- In 1878, the first victim of the Memphis Yellow Fever epidemic dies.
- In 1889, William Grey patents the coin-operated telephone.
- In 1942, Walt Disney's animated film "Bambi" premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
- In 1961, the Communist leader of East Germany cut off access between East and West Berlin to prevent its citizens from seeking to live in West Germany, which was democratic, by laying more than 100 miles of barbed wire, which was replaced by the Berlin Wall.
- In 2008, American swimmer Michael Phelps became the winningest Olympic athlete ever when he won his 10th and 11th career gold medals.
- Famous Birthdays: Alfred Hitchcock (director), Fidel Castro (Cuban leader), Annie Oakley (American markswoman), Jim Morrison (singer)
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