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Teddy Roosevelt nominated as Bull Moose candidate

Former President Theodore Roosevelt was nominated for the presidency by the Progressive Party on Aug. 7, 1912.
August 2017

On Aug. 4, 1753, George Washington, a 21-year-old Virginia planter, becomes a Master Mason, the highest rank in the secret fraternity of Freemasonry. Washington soon would command his first military operation as a major in the Virginia colonial militia.

On Aug. 5, 1858, after several unsuccessful attempts, the first telegraph line across the 2,000-mile Atlantic Ocean is completed, often at a depth of more than 2 miles. It ceased functioning a month later. In 1866, a British ship succeeded in laying the first permanent telegraph line.

On Aug. 6, 1926, on her second attempt, 19-year-old American Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim the 21 miles across the English Channel, besting the time of the five previous male channel swimmers.

On Aug. 7, 1912, former president Theodore Roosevelt is nominated for the presidency by the Progressive Party. Also known as the Bull Moose Party, its platform called for the direct election of U.S. senators, women's suffrage and reduction of tariffs.

On Aug. 8, 1963, the 15 men involved in the Britain's Great Train Robbery use an ex-British Army truck and two stolen Land Rover all-terrain vehicles to escape with some $7 million in stolen loot.

On Aug. 9, 2000, tire manufacturer Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. announces the recall of 6.5 million of its tires after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration linked at least 46 deaths to problems with tread peeling off the tires.

On Aug. 10, 1977, postal employee David Berkowitz is arrested and charged with being the "Son of Sam," the serial killer who terrorized New York City for more than a year. Berkowitz claimed that demons and a black Labrador retriever owned by a neighbor named Sam had ordered him to commit the killings.


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