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Thor Heyerdahl Completes 4,300-mile Ocean Voyage In Kon-Tiki

On August 7, 1947, Kon-Tiki, a balsa wood raft captained by Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, completed a 4,300-mile, 101-day journey from Peru to Raroia in the Tuamotu Archipelago, near Tahiti. While crossing the Pacific, the sailors encountered storms, sharks and whales. By the time they finally washed ashore at Raroia, they had been at sea for 101 days.

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Voting Rights Act Is Signed Into Law

On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing African Americans the right to vote. The bill made it illegal to impose restrictions on federal, state and local elections that were designed to deny the vote to Black people.

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Anne Frank And Family Are Captured

Anne Frank’s family and another family hid for two years in a “secret annex” of a warehouse. Somebody gave this information to the Nazi Gestapo, who came to the house and captured Anne, who was fifteen years old at the time, and all the others in the house. Neither Anne Frank nor her sister survived the concentration camps. But Anne’s diary was found intact. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, the only survivor in his family, published the diary. It is not only a best-seller in 70 different languages, it also gives a voice to Anne and six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

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The Nautilus Becomes First Sub To Pass Under The North Pole

On August 3rd, 1958, the Nautilus passed under the North Pole,

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