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On August 21 in 1959, the modern United States receives its crowning star when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a proclamation admitting this state into the Union as the 50th state. The president also issued an order for an American flag featuring 50 stars arranged in staggered rows: five six-star rows and four five-star rows

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On August 20 in 1940 this exiled Russian revolutionary is fatally wounded by an ice-ax-wielding assassin at his compound outside Mexico City. The killer - Ramón Mercader - was a Spanish communist and probable agent of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. He died from his wounds the next day

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On August 19 in 1934, this leader, already chancellor, is also elected president of Germany in an unprecedented consolidation of power in the short history of the republic. - This Day in History

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On August 15 in 1969, the this music festival opens on a patch of farmland in White Lake, a hamlet in the upstate New York town of Bethel. Among the featured artists were Jefferson Airplane, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Sly and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival and many more

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On August 14 in 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs into law the this act. Press photographers snapped pictures as FDR, flanked by ranking members of Congress, signed into law the historic act, which guaranteed an income for the unemployed and retirees. FDR commended Congress for what he considered to be a "patriotic" act

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Shortly after midnight on August 13 in 1961, soldiers begin laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between Soviet-controlled and the democratic western section of this city. - This Day in History

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On August 12 in 1939, this movie, starring Judy Garland, receives its world premiere in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, on this day in 1939. Based on Frank Baum's bestselling novel of the same name, it's the story of a Kansas farm girl's wondrous adventures in a magical land. - This Day in History

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On August 9 in 1969, members of this man's cult kill five people in movie director Roman Polanski's Beverly Hills, California, home, including Polanski's pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate. Less than two days later, the group killed again, murdering supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary in their home

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On August 8 in 1974, in an evening televised address, this president announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, he was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House

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On August 7 in 1947, this craft, a 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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