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This Day in History for August 5 – ‘American Bandstand’ Debuts and More

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

1861 – To help pay for the Civil War, the US government levies its first income tax (More info)

1884 – The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid in New York Harbor (More info)

1914 – The world’s first electric traffic signal is installed in Cleveland, Ohio (More info)

1957 – ‘American Bandstand’ debuts on ABC and begins its 37-year run (More info)

1962 – Marilyn Monroe is found dead in her home in Los Angeles (More info)

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