07 August 2012

Timeline August 7 & 8

August 7
1903  Louis S.B. Leakey, Kenyan archaeologist and anthropologist, was born. Died Oct. 1, 1972.
1947  The balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki, carried a six man crew 4,300 miles across the Pacific Ocean and crashed into a reef in a Polynesian archipelago.
1959  The US launched Explorer, which sent back a picture of the Earth.
1979  Several tornadoes struck the city of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada and the surrounding communities.

August 8
1815  Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for St. Helena, in the South Atlantic, to spend the remainder of his days in Exile.
1844  Brigham Young was chosen to lead the Mormons following the killing of Joseph Smith.
1876  Thomas A Edison received a patent for the mimeograph.
1908  Wilbur Wright made his first public flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France.

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