On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..
48 BC – Caesar’s civil war: Battle of Pharsalus – Julius Caesar decisively defeats Pompey at Pharsalus and Pompey flees to Egypt
1173 – Construction on the Tower of Pisa begins; and it takes 199 years to complete
1483 – The Sistine Chapel opens its doors
1638 – Jonas Bronck of Holland becomes 1st European settler in the Bronx
1778 – Captain Cook reaches Cape Prince of Wales (known now as the Bering straits)
1854 – Henry David Thoreau publishes “Walden”
1905 – Ty Cobb’s mother kills her husband after mistaking him for a burglar
1907 – The first Boy Scout encampment concludes at Brownsea Island in Southern England
1910 – Alva Fisher patents the Electric washing machine!!
1930 – Betty Boop debuts in Max Fleischer’s animated cartoon Dizzy Dishes
1944 – Smokey the Bear debuts as spokesman for fire prevention
1945 – The US drops its 2nd atomic bomb “Fat Man” on Japan and destroys parts of Nagasaki
1965 – Singapore gains independence from Malaysia (National Day)
1979 – The English seaside resort of Brighton gets its first nude beach
1988 – Cubs beat the Mets 6-4 in their 1st official night game at Wrigley Field
2001 – US President George W. Bush announces his support for federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells
2012 – Usain Bolt becomes the first person ever to win the 100 meter and 200 meter sprint in back to back Olympics

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