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 This day in History - August 4
338 Historic Events for August 4
1955

Eisenhower authorizes $46 million for construction of CIA headquarters

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1955

Charles D "Sam" Gemar, Yankton SD, army/astronaut (STS 38, 48, 62)

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1955

Andrew M Allen, Phila Pa, Captain USMC/astronaut (STS 46, 62, 75)

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1955

Billy Bob Thornton, actor (Sling Blade)

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1956

Elvis Presley releases "Hound Dog"

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1956

1st motorcycle rode over 200 mph (Wilhelm Herz-210 mph/338 kph)

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1956

Indonesia says it will not pay debts to the Netherlands

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1957

Robert E Andrews, (Rep-D-New Jersey)

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1958

Dumont TV Network crumbles

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1958

Greg Foster, Maywood Ill, 110m hurdler (Olympic-silver-1984)

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1958

Mary Decker Tabb Slaney, NJ, olympic track star (mile record 4:16.71)

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1959

"Billy Barnes Revue" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 87 perfs

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1959

Deedee Lasker, LPGA golfer

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1960

Rocket propelled USAAF research aircraft sets record at 2,150 MPH

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1960

Robbin Crosby, heavy metal rock guitarist/vocals (Ratt-Round and Round)

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1961

28th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 28, All-Stars 14 (66,000)

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1961

108øF, Spokane, WA

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1962

Wesley Snipes, Orlando Fla, actor (New Jack City, Passenger 57)

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1962

Paul Williams, rock guitarist (Flock of Seagulls)

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1962

Roger Clemens, Dayton OH, pitcher (Red Sox, Blue Jays, Cy Young, MVP)

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1962

Nelson Mandela captured by South African police

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1963

Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open

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1964

North Vietnamese torpedos US ships Gulf of Tonkin

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1964

Civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E Chaney, bodies discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam

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1964

B J Surhoff, Bronx NY, infielder (Baltimore Orioles)

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