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Infoplease - This Day in History 

Sep 2, 1666: The great fire of London broke out, destroying much of the city, including St. Paul's Cathedral.

Sep 2, 1789: The U.S. Treasury Department was established.

Sep 2, 1901: Vice President Theodore Roosevelt gave his "speak softly and carry a big stick" speech, regarding foreign policy, at the Minnesota State Fair.

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Sep 1, 1807: Former U.S. vice president Aaron Burr was found innocent of treason.

Sep 1, 1939: World War II began when Nazi Germany invaded Poland.

Sep 1, 1983: A Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter, killing all 269 people aboard.

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Aug 31, 1962: Trinidad and Tobago gained independence from Great Britain.

Aug 31, 1997: Princess Diana and her companion Dodi al-Fayed were killed in a car accident in Paris.

Aug 31, 1887 : Thomas Edison received a patent for his "Kinetoscope," and moving pictures were born.

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Aug 30, 1862: The Second Battle of Bull Run took place during the Civil War.

Aug 30, 1963: A hot line between the Kremlin and the White House went into operation to reduce the chances of an accidental war.

Aug 30, 30 B.C.: Cleopatra VII, Queen of Egypt, committed suicide.

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Aug 29, 1842: The Treaty of Nanking was signed, ending the Opium Wars and ceding the island of Hong Kong to Britain.

Aug 29, 1949: The U.S.S.R. tested their first atomic bomb.

Aug 29, 1966: The Beatles played their last major live concert at Candlestick Park, California.

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Aug 28, 1850: Richard Wagner's opera, Lohengrin, premiered at Weimar, Germany.

Aug 28, 1968: Anti-Vietnam war protesters and police clashed in the streets of Chicago while the Democratic National Convention nominated Hubert H. Humphrey for president.

Aug 28, 1963: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial to civil rights demonstrators.

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Aug 27, 1928: The Kellogg-Briand Pact, outlawing war, was signed.

Aug 27, 1945: U.S. troops began landing in Japan after Japan's surrender in World War II.

Aug 27, 1962: The U.S. launched the Mariner II space probe.

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Aug 26, 1920: The 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote went into effect.

Aug 26, 1847: Liberia was proclaimed an independent republic.


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