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Kon Tiki Raft

This Day in History – August 7

On this day in 1947, this balsa wood raft captained by Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, completes a 4,300-mile, 101-day journey from Peru to Raroia in the Tuamotu Archipelago, near Tahiti. Heyerdahl wanted to prove his theory that prehistoric South Americans could have colonized the Polynesian islands by drifting on ocean currents

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"Baker Day" Blast at Bikini Island

This Day in History – August 6

On this day in 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world's first atom bomb, over this city. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured

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This Day in History – August 5

On this day in 2002, the rusty iron gun turret of this vessel broke from the water and into the daylight for the first time in 140 years.  - This Day in History

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Munich Putsch

This Day in History – August 4

Acting on tip from a Dutch informer, the Nazi Gestapo captures this 15-year-old in a sealed-off area of an Amsterdam warehouse.  - This Day in History

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Television

This Day in History – August 1

It was just after midnight in the early morning hours of August 1, 1981, that this fledgling network flickered to life. - This Day in History

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This Day in History – July 31

On July 31, 1975, one of the most influential American labor leaders of the 20th century, disappears in Detroit, Michigan, never to be heard from again. Though he is popularly believed to have been the victim of a Mafia hit, conclusive evidence was never found, and his death remains shrouded in mystery to this day

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Cage Diving With Great White Sharks In South Africa

This Day in History – July 30

On this day in 1945, this ship is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sinks within minutes in shark-infested waters. Only 317 of the 1,196 men on board survived. - This Day in History

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This Day in History – July 29

On July 29, 1958 the U.S. Congress passes legislation establishing this organization, a civilian agency responsible for coordinating America's activities in space.  - This Day in History

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This Day in History – July 28

One July 28, 1868, following its ratification by the necessary three-quarters of U.S. states, this constitutional amendment, guaranteeing to African Americans citizenship and all its privileges, is officially adopted into the U

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This Day in History – July 25

On July 25, 1956, this Italian ocean liner sank after colliding with the Swedish ship Stockholm off the New England coast, killing 51 people. - This Day in History

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