The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

TODAY IN HISTORY

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THURSDAY AUG 5, 2021 1962

South African antiaparth­eid activist Nelson Mandela was arrested on charges of leaving the country without a passport and inciting workers to strike; it was the beginning of 27 years of imprisonme­nt.

1864

During the Civil War, Union Adm. David G. Farragut led his fleet to victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama.

1921

\A baseball game was broadcast for the first time as KDKA radio announcer Harold Arlin described the action between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelph­ia Phillies from Forbes Field.

1936

Jesse Owens of the United States won the 200-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics, collecting the third of his four gold medals.

1953

Operation Big Switch began as remaining prisoners taken during the Korean War were exchanged at Panmunjom.

1954

24boxers became the first inductees into the Boxing Hall of Fame, including Henry Armstrong, Gentleman Jim Corbett, Jack Dempsey, Jack Johnson, Joe Louis and John L. Sullivan.

1964

U.S. Navy pilot Everett Alvarez Jr. became the first American flier to be shot down and captured by North Vietnam; he was held prisoner until February 1973.

1974

The White House released transcript­s of subpoenaed tape recordings showing that President Richard Nixon and his chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, had discussed a plan in June 1972 to use the CIA to thwart the FBI’S Watergate investigat­ion; revelation of the tape sparked Nixon’s resignatio­n.

1981

The federal government began firing air traffic controller­s who had gone out on strike.

2002

The coral-encrusted gun turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor was raised from the floor of the Atlantic, nearly 140 years after the historic warship sank during a storm.

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