This Day In History 8-25; Carl Lewis Scorches Track Record

Today in 1829,President Jackson made an offer to buy Texas, but the Mexican government refused.

Today in 1920,Ethelda Bleibtrey won the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition in Antwerp, Belgium. She was the first American woman to win an Olympic competition for the U.S.

Today in 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the U.S. non-stop. The trip from Los Angeles, California to Newark, New Jersey took about 19 hours.

Today in 1944,Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation.

Today in 1989, the U.S. space probe, Voyager 2,sent back photographs of Neptune.

Today in 1991,Carl Lewis became the fastest human in the world has he ran the 100-meter dash in Tokyo in a record 9.86-seconds. That beat the previous record of 9.90, set by Leroy Burrell at the U.S. Championships two months earlier.

Today in 1997,the Dow Corning Corporation offered $2.4-billion to settle claims from more than 200,000 women with illnesses related to silicone breast implants.

Today in 1999,the FBI, reversing itself after six years,admitted that its agents might have fired some potentially flammable tear gas canisters on the final day of the 1993 standoff with the Branch Davidians near Waco, Texas.

Today in 2012,the Voyager 1 spacecraft,entered interstellar space after being launched in 1977. It’s the first spacecraft to do so.

Today in 2017,President Donald Trump granted a presidential pardon to former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of contempt of court for racial profiling.

Today in 2017,Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas northeast of Corpus Christi with winds of 130 miles-per-hour. 

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