August 16, 1896

While salmon fishing in Yukon Territory, George Carmack spots nuggets of gold in a creek bed, sparking the last great gold rush in the American West.

August 17, 1969

The grooviest event in music history, the Woodstock Music Festival, draws to a close after three days of peace, love, and rock ‘n’ roll in upstate New York.

August 20, 1911

A dispatcher in the New York Times office sends the first telegram around the world via commercial service.


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