August 4


Printer John Peter Zenger, defended by Andrew Hamilton, was acquitted of libel in a case that helped foster freedom of the press.


Thomas Stevens became the first person to bicycle across the United States. He later bicycled around the world.


Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother were killed with an axe in Fall River, Mass.


Germany invaded Belgium and, in response, Britain declared war on Germany.


Denmark ceded the Danish West Indies, including the Danish Virgin Islands, to the United States for $25 million.


Anne Frank and her family were found hiding in Amsterdam by Nazis.


The bodies of three civil-rights workers were found in an earthen dam, six weeks into a federal investigation backed by President Johnson


President Carter signed a congressional act that established the Department of Energy.

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