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Historical Events in August 1875

  • Aug 2 1st roller skating rink opens (London)
  • Aug 14 Society of Regte Afrikaanders establishes in Paarl
  • Aug 22 The Treaty of Saint Petersburg between Japan and Russia is ratified, providing for the exchange of Sakhalin for the Kuril Islands.

Captain Webb Conquers the English ChannelCaptain Webb Conquers the English Channel

Aug 25 Captain Matthew Webb makes the 1st observed and unassisted swim across the English Channel in 21 hours and 45 minutes

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An artist from the Illustrated London News drew this scene depicting Captain Webb’s arrival at Calais
An artist from the Illustrated London News drew this scene depicting Captain Webb’s arrival at Calais
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