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August 4th In Pop Culture History

70 - The Second Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans.
1693 - Celebratory date for Dom Perignon's invention of Champagne.
1790 - A tariff act created the need for the Revenue Cutter Service, later renamed The United States Coast Guard.
1892 - The father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden were found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home. Lizzie was acquitted of the crime.
1858 - The Billboard Hot 100 is published for the first time. The first number-one song of the Hot 100 was "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson.
1921 - Cropdusting was invented. John B. Macready flew a Curtiss JN-4 over catalpa trees near Troy, Ohio, killing 99% of the leaf caterpillars, saving the 5000 trees with 175 pounds of lead arsenate pesticide.
1936 - Jesse Owens, black Olymoic track star won the Gold Medalin Germany's Olympics, embarassing Adolph Hitler.
1977 - US President Jimmy Carter signed legislation creating the United States Department of Energy.
1987 - The Federal Communications Commission rescinded the Fairness Doctrine, which had required radio and television stations to present controversial issues "fairly".

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Isaiah Washington (1963)
Martin Sheen (1940)
Tony Bennett (1926)
Martha Stewart (1941)
Jay North (1953)
Billy Bob Thornton (1955)
Tom Brady (1977)
James Hetfield (1963)
Evangeline Lilly (1979)
John C. McGinley (1959)
Mosquitoes are attracted to people who just ate bananas


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