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This Day in History for August 11 – Inmates Arrive at Alcatraz and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1934 – The first civilian inmates arrive at the Federal prison on Alcatraz Island (More info)

1965 – The predominately black neighborhood of Watts in Los Angeles erupts in riots that last six days and leave 34 people dead (More info)

1972 – The last United States ground combat unit leaves South Vietnam (More info)

1973 – The nostalgic coming-of-age film ‘American Graffiti’ debuts (More info)

1994 – Professional baseball players go on strike, starting the longest work stoppage in league history and resulting in the cancellation of that year’s World Series (More info)

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