This Day in History

On August 5…

6707084422011 – Standard & Poor’s Financial Services lowered the United States’ AAA credit rating by one notch to AA-plus.

2009 – Google purchased its first public company. The company was the video software maker On2 Technologies.

1999 – Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals) hit his 500th career homerun. He also set a record for the fewest at-bats to hit the 500 homerun mark.

1992 – Federal civil rights charges were filed against four Los Angeles police officers. The officers had been acquitted on California State charges. Two of the officers were convicted and jailed on violation of civil rights charges.


1981 – The U.S. federal government started firing striking air traffic controllers.

1974 – U.S. President Nixon said that he expected to be impeached. Nixon had ordered the investigation into the Watergate break-in to halt.

1969 – The Mariner 7, a U.S. space probe, passed by Mars. Photographs and scientific data were sent back to Earth.
1966 – In New York, groundbreaking for the construction of the original World Trade Center began.
1924 – In the New York “Daily News” debuted the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” by Harold Gray.

1921 – The first play-by-play broadcast of a baseball game was done by Harold Arlin. KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh, PA described the action between the Pirates and Philadelphia.

1914 – The first electric traffic lights were installed in Cleveland, Ohio.

1884 – On Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid.

1833 – The village of Chicago was incorporated. The population was approximately 250.