Today in history 8/9/2017



Today in history, The escalator is patented. However, the first working escalator appeared in 1900. Manufactured by the Otis Elevator Company for the Paris Exposition, it was installed in a Philadelphia office building the following year in 1859.

Today in history, The first complete, self-contained electric washing machine is patented in 1910.

Today in history, The first appearance of the animated character Betty Boop (“Dizzy Dishes”) (see picture below) in 1930.

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Today in historyJesse Owens (see picture below) wins four gold medals in track and field events at the Berlin Olympics in 1936.

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Today in history, The fictional character Smokey Bear (“Only you can prevent forest fires”) (see picture below) is created by US Forest Service and the Ad Council in 1944.

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Today in history, The B-29 bomber Bock’s Car drops a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan in 1945.

Today in history, The Diet of Japan establishes the country’s official national flag, the Hinomaru (see picture below), and national anthem, “Kimi Ga Yo.” in 1999.

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