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This Day in History: August 21

History: What Happened Today?

  1. In 1858, the first Lincoln-Douglas debate took place in Illinois for a seat in the United States Senate. At the time, U.S. Senators were elected by state legislatures; thus Lincoln and Douglas were vying for their respective parties to win control of the Illinois legislature.
  2. In 1947, the Maynard Midgets of Williamsport PA win the first Little League World Series.
  3. In 1959, Hawaii becomes 50th US state.
  4. In 1972, the U.S. launched the orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus.
  5. In 1975, Rick and Paul Reuschel of the Chicago Cubs become the first brothers to pitch a combined shut out.
  6. Famous Birthdays: Kenny Rogers (singer), Lev Alburt (Russian Chess Master), Jim McMahon (NFL quarterback), Sergey Brin (Co-founder of Google), Paris Bennett (Finalist on American Idol, Season 5)

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