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Wednesday, August 3, 2005

Today in History: August 3

1492: Christopher Columbus sets sail from Spain on a voyage to find the East Indies by going west.

1678: René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, completes work at Niagara Falls on the forty-five ton Le Griffon, the first ship built in America and the first to sail the Great Lakes.

1811: Elisha Graves Otis, whose development of the safety elevator will make the skyscrapers of the world's great cities possible, is born at Halifax, Vermont.

1856: Alfred Deakin is born at Melbourne, Victoria.  He'll earn his law degree at the University of Melbourne but make his name as a journalist before becoming Australia’s second prime minister.

1900: The Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. is created at Akron, Ohio. It will go on to become one of the world’s biggest companies before going bankrupt in 2003.

1923: Northampton, Massachusetts lawyer Calvin Coolidge is sworn in as President of the United States following the death of President Harding.

1946: The National Basketball Association (originally called the Basketball Association of American) is founded with 11 teams: Boston Celtics, Chicago Stags, Cleveland Rebels, Detroit Falcons, New York Knickerbockers, Philadelphia Warriors, Pittsburgh Ironmen, Providence Steamrollers, St. Louis Bombers, Toronto Huskies, and Washington Capitols.

1946: British Foreign Minister John Whitaker "Jack" Straw (Leeds Law 1967) is born to a single mother in Essex.

1981: Thirteen thousand members of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Association walk off the job. President Reagan fires all of them.

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