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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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On August 6 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. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout

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On August 5 in 2002, the rusty iron gun turret of the this vessel broke from the water and into the daylight for the first time in 140 years. The ironclad warship was raised from the floor of the Atlantic, where it had rested since it went down in a storm off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, during the Civil War

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On August 2, 1876 one of the greatest gunfighters of the American West is murdered in Deadwood, South Dakota. Born in Illinois in 1837, he first gained notoriety as a gunfighter in 1861 when he coolly shot three men who were trying to kill him. At 4:15 in the afternoon, a young gunslinger named Jack McCall walked into a saloon, approached him from behind, and shot him in the back of the head

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On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman takes a stockpile of guns and ammunition to the observatory platform atop a 300-foot tower at the this school and proceeds to shoot 46 people, killing 14 people and wounding 31. A fifteenth died in 2001 because of his injuries. Whitman, who had killed both his wife and mother the night before, was eventually shot to death after police officers Jerry Day, Houston McCoy, Ramiro Martinez and civilian Allen Crum charged up the stairs of the tower to subdue the attacker

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On July 31, 1975, this person, 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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On July 30 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. However, the ship had already completed its major mission: the delivery of key components of the atomic bomb that would be dropped a week later at Hiroshima to Tinian Island in the South Pacific

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On July 29, 1958, the U.S. Congress passes legislation establishing this governmental agency best known by its acronym, a civilian agency responsible for coordinating America's activities in space. It has since sponsored space expeditions, both human and mechanical, that have yielded vital information about the solar system and universe

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On July 26, 1775, this government agency is established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first leader. Franklin (1706-1790) put in place the foundation for many aspects that are still in use today. - This Day in History

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In Paris, France, on July 25, 1917, this exotic dancer is sentenced to death by a French court for spying on Germany's behalf during World War I. - This Day in History

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