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August 05, 1993


On this date:

In 1861, the federal government levied an income tax for the first time.

In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Adm. David G. Farragut is said to have given his famous order, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" as he led his fleet against Mobile Bay, Ala.

In 1884, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor.

In 1914, the first electric traffic lights were installed, in Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1924, the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," by Harold Gray, made its debut.

In 1953, Operation Big Switch was under way as prisoners taken during the Korean conflict were exchanged at Panmunjom.

In 1954, 24 boxers became the first inductees into the Boxing Hall of Fame, including Henry Armstrong, Gentleman Jim Corbett, Jack Dempsey, Jack Johnson, Joe Louis and John L. Sullivan.

In 1957, "American Bandstand," with Dick Clark, made its network debut on ABC.

In 1962, Marilyn Monroe, 36, was found dead in the bedroom of her Los Angeles home; her death was ruled a "probable suicide" caused by an overdose of sleeping pills.

In 1963, the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union signed a treaty in Moscow banning nuclear tests in the atmosphere, in space and underwater. The treaty took effect the following October.

FIVE YEARS AGO: Treasury Secretary James A. Baker III announced he was resigning to take over the presidential election campaign of Vice President George Bush. Nicholas F. Brady was nominated to take Mr. Baker's place at Treasury.

ONE YEAR AGO: Federal civil rights charges were filed against four Los Angeles police officers acquitted of California state charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King; two were later convicted. Acting Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger called for a war crimes investigation in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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