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This Day in History: August 26

August 26: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. In 580, the Chinese invent toilet paper.
  2. In 1839, the ship Amistad is captured off Long Island.
  3. In 1843, Charles Thurber patents a typewriter.
  4. In 1961, the official International Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto.
  5. In 1973, 10-year-old Mary Boitano is the first woman to win 6.8-mile Dipsea Race in Marin County, CA, beating a field of 1,500 runners.
  6. Famous Birthdays: Alex Trevino (catcher for LA Dodgers), Chris Burke, actor with down syndrome (Corky-Life Goes On), Macaulay Culkin, NYC, actor (Home Alone, My Girl,) Geraldine Ferraro, (Rep-D-NY) first female Democratic VP candidate (1984)

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