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This Week in History


August 8, 1974

President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign.

August 11, 1934

A group of federal prisoners classified as “most dangerous” arrives at Alcatraz Island, a 22-acre rocky outcrop situated 1.5 miles offshore in San Francisco Bay.

August 13, 1961

East German soldiers begin laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city. Berlin is divided.



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