Today in History: Aug. 5, Nelson Mandela arrested

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Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 5, the 217th day of 2022. There are 148 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 5, 1981, the federal government began firing air traffic controllers who had gone out on strike. On this date: In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Adm. David G. Farragut led his fleet to victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama. In 1884, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal was laid on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor. In 1914, what’s believed to be the first electric traffic light system was installed in Cleveland, Ohio, at the intersection of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue. In 1936, Jesse Owens of the United States won the 200-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics, collecting the third of his four gold medals. In 1953, Operation Big Switch began as remaining prisoners taken during the Korean War were exchanged at Panmunjom. In 1957, the teenage dance show “American Bandstand,” hosted by Dick Clark, made...
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