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In memory of Tom Tyler, aka Vincent Markowski, of Hamtramck, Michigan, whose birthday was today, 1903. His family was Lithuanian. One of his film roles was the World's Mightiest Mortal, Captain Marvel, widely regarded as one of the finest serials ever produced. He also starred as The Phantom, and appeared in more than 150 movies.

A champion weightlifter, he qualified for the 1928 Olympics, the same year that he won the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) heavyweight weightlifting championship, lifting 760 pounds (340 kg)—a record that stood for fourteen years.

Tom developed a rare disease, scleroderma, costing him his looks, his marriage, his livelihood and his life.


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Robert Fulton's steamboat, the Clermont, began its trip up the Hudson River to Albany.


Fort Sumter, S.C. was bombarded by Union ships during the Civil War.


Prospectors found gold in Alaska, a discovery that set off the Klondike gold rush.


Indonesian nationalists proclaimed independence from the Netherlands.


18-year-old Peter Fechter was shot and killed by guards at the Berlin Wall, spurring riots.


Hurricane Camille devastated the Gulf Coast, killing 248 people.


The first successful trans-Atlantic balloon flight landed outside of Paris.


Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's second in command, committed suicide.


U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won his eighth gold medal, breaking the record set by Mark Spitz in the 1972 Games. Phelps also set the record for the most golds in a single Olympics.

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August 20th is the anniversary of HP Lovecraft's birthday and it's amazing to think it's over a century since he came into this world, inventing Great Cthulhu and the other terrors of the mythos, giving us a treasure trove of such memorable stories, and having such a huge influence on the horror genre.


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On this day in 1642, King Charles I raised his standard in Nottingham, effectively firing the starting gun on the English Civil Wars.



Important date for us as it meant we made decisions on how to run our country that are extant today...



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